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Jessica E. Huber

Research Interests / Training Areas:

  • Motor speech disorders
  • ¬†Aging
  • Speech physiology


Jessica Huber received her Ph.D. in Speech Science from the University at Buffalo - State University of New York in June 2001. She joined the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University in Fall 2001. Professor Huber was trained in the collection and analysis of physiologic data from the speech subsystems (respiratory, laryngeal, and articulatory). Specifically, she uses kinematic, aerodynamic, and acoustic analyses to describe how these subsystems function in speech.

Professor Huber's primary area of research is speech motor control in both normal individuals and individuals with motor speech disorders, in particular Parkinson's disease. She is also interested in how individuals maintain balance in the face of other daily tasks, in particular communicating. Current research projects include studies of the effects of speech treatments, dopaminergic drugs, and deep-brain stimulation on speech in Parkinson's disease, the effects of aging on speech and prosody, and the effects of aging and Parkinson's disease on multi-tasking (walking or reaching while communicating).

Recent Publications:

Stathopoulos, E.T., Huber, J.E., Richardson, K., DeCicco, D., Kamphaus, J., Fulcher, K., and Sussman, J.E. (2014). Increased vocal intensity due to the Lombard effect in speakers with Parkinson’s disease: Simultaneous laryngeal and respiratory strategies. Journal of Communication Disorders, 48, 1-17 (PMID: 24438910). doi: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2013.12.001

Haddad, J.M., Rietdyk, S., Claxton, L.J., and Huber, J.E. (2013, Invited). Task-dependent postural control throughout the life-span. Exercise and Sports Science Reviews, 41 (2), 123-132 (PMID: 23364347). doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e3182877cc8

Huber, J.E., Darling, M., Francis, E.J., and Zhang, D. (2012). Impact of typical aging and Parkinson's disease on the relationship among breath pausing, syntax, and punctuation. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 21, 368-379 (PMID: 22846880).  doi: 10.1044/1058-0360(2012/11-0059)

Darling, M. and Huber, J.E. (2011). Changes to articulatory kinematics in response to loudness cues in individuals with Parkinson's disease. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 1247-159 (PMID: 21386044). doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2011/10-0024)

Stathopoulos E.T., Huber, J.E., and Sussman, J.E. (2011). Voice motor control across the life-span: Acoustic measures from 4-90 year olds. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 1011-1021 (PMID: 21173391). doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2010/10-0036)

Wheeler Hegland, K.M., Huber, J.E., Pitts, T., Davenport, P., and Sapienza, C.M. (2011). Lung volume measured during sequential swallowing in healthy young adults. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 777-786 (PMID: 20966381). doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2010/09-0237)

Huber, J.E. and Darling, M. (2011). Effect of Parkinson's disease on the production of structured and unstructured speaking tasks: Respiratory physiologic and linguistic considerations. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 33-46 (PMID: 20844256). doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2010/09-0184)