Principle Investigator and Director, Project IPREP
Neurological substrates and neuropathologies of speech and language, motor speech disorders, voice disorders, prosody and speech atypicalities in autism spectrum disorder, evidence-based telemedicine service delivery models
Communication Disorders Building
358 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
I conduct research on individuals with neurodevelopmental and acquired neurologic communication disorders to better understand the underlying motor programming, motor planning, and motor execution mechanisms affecting speech, voice, and prosody. A main focus of my work has been to develop and utilize operational metrics to better quantify speech, voice, and prosodic abilities and speech atypicalities in both children and adults, including children with autism spectrum disorder. I am a co-investigator and co-author of the Language Neutral Assessment of Motor Speech (LAMS) protocol developed to identify motor speech and phonologic abilities of very young and hard-to-test children with neurodevelopmental syndromes. Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education, I have developed a graduate training program for master's and doctoral students to study and deliver evidence-based interventions to children with multiple and complex communicative disabilities, such as autism, using telemedicine/telepractice service delivery models.