Hi! 👋 I am an Assistant Professor in the Communicative Disorders and Sciences department at the University at Buffalo. I completed1 a 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 other neurological speech disorders.
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.
Also feel free to ask me about:
MClSc/PhD Candidate in Speech-Language Pathology, 2019
BA (Hons) in Linguistics, 2012
Serious and not-so-serious
Tutorial for a workshop I gave for our R-Ladies #LdnOnt group, focused on learning to use rmarkdown and bookdown R packages to write your dissertation.
A list of resources I am finding helpful for preparing to write a dissertation in RMarkdown.