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:

Raffegeau*, T.E., Haddad, J.M., Huber, J.E., and Rietdyk, S. (in press). Walking while talking: young adults flexibly allocate resources between speech and gait. Gait & Posture.

Dick*, J., Fredrick*, J., Mann*, G., Huber, J.E., and Lee, J. (in press). Sentence production in Parkinson’s disease. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. doi: 10.1080/02699206.2018.1444791

Herndon*, N.E., Sundarrajan, A., Sivasankar, M.P., and Huber. J.E. (in press). Respiratory and laryngeal function in teachers: Pre- and post-vocal loading challenge. Journal of Voice. doi:

Darling White, M., and Huber, J.E. (2017). The impact of expiratory muscle strength training on speech breathing in individuals with Parkinson’s disease: A Preliminary Study. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26, 1159-1166.

Sundarrajan*, A., Huber, J.E., and Sivasankar, M.P. (2017). Respiratory and laryngeal changes in vocal loading in young and old adults. Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing Research, 60, 2551-2556. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-17-0106.

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.


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