I am a candidate in the combined MClSc/PhD in Communication Sciences & Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) at Western University in London, Ontario. My research focuses on describing the acoustic-phonetic characteristics of dysarthria, a group of motor speech disorders. In particular, I am interested in how changes in the acoustic speech signal modulate speech intelligibility, that is, how understandable one’s speech is to a typical listener. Informed by my background in linguistics and speech acoustics, my research can broadly be categorized into three themes:
While much of my research has focused on hypokinetic dysarthria, a motor speech disorder associated with Parkinson’s disease, I am also interested in the differential speech processes in younger and older healthy adults, as well as individuals with cerebellar damage.
As a means to constantly striving to improve myself as a researcher, I also have a strong interest in tools for data analysis. Much of what I post here includes my musings on these tools (oftentimes this is the R programming language and environment) and tips or tricks I’ve tried to work through. See my posts and projects for more information.
MClSc/PhD Candidate in Speech-Language Pathology, 2014 - present
BA (Hon) in Linguistics, 2012
Serious and not-so-serious