VICTORIA S. MCKENNA, PH.D, CCC-SLP
Dr. McKenna is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and secondary faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, at the University of Cincinnati. She received a Bachelors degree from Syracuse University, Masters degree from the University of New Hampshire, and Doctoral degree from Boston University in the area of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences. She completed her postdoctoral training at Purdue University and is now focusing on translational research for voice and swallowing.
BRITTANY FLETCHER M.S., CCC-SLP
Brittany is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at UC. Brittany completed her master's degree at the University of Louisville and undergraduate degree at Bellarmine University. She is a certified speech-language pathologist and served as the treatment therapist for an NIH R01 grant under the guidance of Dr. Washington. Her dissertation work in the VSM Lab, will focus on quantifying acoustic characteristics of multilingual and multidialectal speakers, with special consideration of accessibility of speech recognition software. She recently received an OSHLA grant to complete her dissertation work.
AMNA MIRA, M.S.
Amna is a second-year doctoral student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at UC. Amna received her bachelor's degree in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences from Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and her masters of science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. Amna is currently a faculty member at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Jeddah, where she was awarded her scholarships to complete her masters and doctoral studies. She is passionate about conducting research in the areas of voice and swallowing disorders, and the intersection among them across different populations.
Second-year graduate student in the MA Speech-Language Pathology program at UC. She received her bachelors degree from UC and has been a member of the VSM Lab since her fourth year, when she completed her honors Capstone Project in smartphone monitoring of voice disorders. Her areas of interest include voice disorders, dysphagia, and neurogenic communication disorders.
Second-year M.A. Speech-Language Pathology student at UC. She received her bachelor's degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences from UC. She is joining the VSM Lab to complete her master's Capstone focused on the biomechanics of voice and swallowing in unilateral vocal fold paralysis. Her areas of interest include dysphagia, voice disorders, and neurogenic communication disorders.
Second-year MA student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at UC. She received her bachelor's degree from UC and has been a member of the VSM Lab since her fourth year. For her master's Capstone Project, she will be examining prosody characteristics pre/post voice therapy for transgender women. Her areas of interest include gender-affirming voice therapy, dysphagia, and voice disorders.
Second-year graduate student in the MA Speech-Language Pathology program at UC. She received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders with a minor is Early Childhood Education from UC. She has been a VSM lab member since her 5th year. She will be completing her MA Capstone Project as a scoping review about the intersection of voice and swallowing.
Second-year graduate student in the MA Speech-Language Pathology program at UC. She received her bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University. Her areas of interest include voice disorders, dysphagia, developmental language disorders, and hearing loss. Her Capstone project will focus on the relationship between acoustics and laryngeal stroboscopic measures.
First-year graduate student in the MA Speech-Language Pathology Program at UC. She received bachelor’s degrees from UC and completed her senior Capstone in the VSM Lab. She is interested in medical speech-language pathology.
Fifth-year undergrad student studying electrical engineering at UC. Her role in the VSM Lab is to develop data processing scripts and implement on-app signal processing for the voice monitoring app. She is proficient in C++ and Java, loves learning, and is interested in research. Upon graduation in 2024, Min is interested in pursuing a job or graduate program related to alternative energy.
Second-year undergraduate student majoring in Speech-Language Hearing Sciences at UC. Her interests include voice disorders, neurogenic communication disorders, and gender-affirming voice therapy.
Third-year undergraduate student majoring in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at UC. Mary joined the lab through the prestigious UPRISE Summer program at UC. Her areas of interest include gender-affirming voice therapy, voice disorders, and dysphagia.