The Motor Speech Laboratory at Purdue University encompasses several spaces within the Lyles-Porter Hall on Clinic Drive in West Lafayette, Indiana. Our main analysis space is on the third floor, room 3176. Our Speech laboratory is dedicated to the collection of respiratory, laryngeal, articulatory, and acoustic data and is located on the third floor in room 3025. We have a space on the first floor and one on the third floor, the Communication, Mobility, and Balance laboratories dedicated to the integration of speech, posture, and gait data collection and analysis. Dr. Huber’s office is located on the third floor, room 3174.
Our laboratory collaborates with researchers within the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences department at Purdue, outside the department at Purdue, at the Indiana University Medical Center, and at a number of other Universities.
The Motor Speech Laboratory is equipped with instrumentation to study the respiratory, laryngeal, and articulatory speech systems and to understand how these systems work together to support speech production. A Respitrace system is available for the collection of respiratory data. A Glottal Enterprises airflow and air pressure system and a KAYPENTAX Electroglottograph are available for the collection of laryngeal data. High quality microphones (wired and wireless) are used to transduce acoustic signals and assess articulation. The Communication, Mobility, and Balance laboratories are equipped with instrumentation to assess and treat balance and gait. Equipment include a NeuroCom Smart Equitest Balance Master, a Polhemus Magnet Motion Tracking System, and gaming peripherals. The data analysis laboratory is equipped with multiple permanent computer work stations.
The lab staff includes one full-time Research Associate, a postdoctoral research fellow, doctoral students, Master’s Speech-Language Pathology students, and 10-15 undergraduate students each semester.
Jessica E. Huber, Ph.D.
Dr. Huber received the 2014 Outstanding Commercialization Award for Purdue University Faculty. See her acceptance speech along with comments and testimonials from patients using the SpeechVive device.
Sandy Snyder, BS
Sandy Snyder is a full-time Research Associate in the Speech Physiology Laboratory. She joined the lab in fall 2009. She schedules participants for studies being conducted within the laboratory, collects data from participants, directs and organizes the undergraduate and graduate students regarding lab tasks, and assists with data file management and analysis. Sandy studied kinesiology and agriculture economics previously at Purdue.
Victoria McKenna, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Victoria McKenna is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Motor Speech Lab. She has a B.S. from Syracuse University, M.S. from the University of New Hampshire, and Ph.D. from Boston University. Victoria’s previous work focused on understanding changes to laryngeal physiology and speech acoustics when speakers had varying amounts of vocal effort. She is interested in incorporating respiratory kinematic measures into her line of research to further examine how respiratory function impacts speech and voice. Drawing upon her extensive clinical background, Victoria plans to continue to work with patients with neurological impairments and head/neck cancer to understand physiological changes and guide clinical intervention.
Anny Alvar, BS
Anny Alvar is a PhD student in the Huber laboratory. She is interested in neural and physiologic systems associated with speech and language that guide our responses to both internal and external cues/stimuli and how changes in these systems affect communication. Her other interests include the use of technologies associated with the “maker movement” to better assist individuals with communication disorders and to help enhance education of those who serve these populations.
Brianna Kiefer, MS
Brianna Kiefer completed her Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizonia in 2015 and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Purdue University in 2017. She is currently a PhD student in Purdue’s Motor Speech Laboratory. She is interested in identifying the dysprosodic characteristics used by speakers with Parkinson’s disease relative to speech elicitation task. She also is interested in testing and developing treatment paradigms for dysprosody secondary to Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, Brianna is interested in developing home-based treatment paradigms for people with Parkinson’s disease with the primary aim to improve treatment accessibility.
Previous Doctoral Students:
Meghan Darling-White, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Meghan Darling-White, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a former doctoral student in the lab. Her long term goal is to develop and validate interventions that have an impact on functional speech production skills in individuals with motor speech disorders. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the relationship between respiratory support for speech and functional speech production skills, such as speech intelligibility. Meghan’s dissertation utilized the Expiratory Muscle Strength Training program to examine how enhancing expiratory muscle strength impacted speech production in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Meghan is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona.