Jessica E. Huber, PhD, CCC-SLP

Research Interests / Training Areas:

  • Motor speech disorders
  • Aging
  • Speech physiology

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Jessica E. Huber, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University. The aim of her National Institutes of Health funded research program is to develop a theoretical account of the multiple factors that influence speech production and cognitive change in older adults with and without Parkinson disease (PD) and to translate findings to clinical treatment resulting in improvements in communication.  She is the inventor of a small wearable device, the SpeechVive device, to treat communication impairments in people with PD. The device elicits the Lombard effect that can be exploited to improve speech clarity in individuals with PD while bypassing cognitive and sensory impairments. Her current research continues to examine the therapeutic outcomes and physiologic effects of a number of speech therapy techniques including respiratory muscle strength training and the SpeechVive.

Recent Publications:

  • Darling-White, M., and Huber, J.E. (in press). A longitudinal examination of the impact of Parkinson’s disease on breath pauses and speech and linguistic errors and their relationship to speech impairment. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

  • McKenna, V.S., and Huber, J.E. (2019). The accuracy of respiratory calibration methods for estimating lung volume during speech breathing: A comparison of four methods across three adult cohorts. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62, 2632-2644. Doi: 10.1044/2019_JSLHR-S-18-0478

  • Alvar*, A.M., Lee, J., and Huber, J.E. (2019). Filled pauses as a special case of automatic speech behaviors and the effect of Parkinson’s disease. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 28, 835-843. doi: 10.1044/2018_AJSLP-MSC18-18-0111

  • Simon-Kuhn*, K.L., Haddad, J.M, and Huber, J.E. (2019). Multi-task prioritization during the performance of a postural-manual and communication task. Experimental Brain Research, 237, 927-938.

  • Huber, J.E., and Darling White, M. (2017, Invited). Longitudinal changes in speech breathing in older adults with and without Parkinson’s disease. Seminars in Speech and Hearing, 38(3), 200-209.


Associate Dean for Research, College of Health and Human Sciences
Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
Faculty Associate:  

Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and NeuroRehabilitation

Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience 

Center on Aging and the Life Course

Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 3174
Phone: 765-494-3796

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Motor Speech Laboratory 

Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Lyles-Porter Hall, 715 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2122, PH: (765) 494-3789

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