PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

DR. 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, 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.

GRADUATE RESEARCHERS

ANNA BIRKEMEIER

First-year graduate student in the MA Speech-Language Pathology Program at UC. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green Status University where she completed a senior project in acoustics. Her areas of interest include acoustics, voice disorders, and neurologic language and speech disorders.

KELLY CARRARO

First-year graduate student in the MA Speech-Language Pathology program at UC. She hreceived her BS from UC and has been a lab member since her four year. Kelly received a UC Excellence Award for her Capstone Project in the VSM Lab. Her areas of interest include neurogenic communication disorders, voice disorders, and developmental language disorders. 

HALEY DOERR

First-year graduate student in the MA Speech-Language Pathology Program at UC. She received bachelor’s degrees from Western Kentucky University, including B.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders & B.F.A. Performing Arts. Her areas of interest include voice disorders, dysphagia, & neurogenic communication disorders.

MARIAH EMERY, B.S.

Second-year master's student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at UC. She has participated in the Ohio Speech-Language and Hearing Leadership program and ASHA's competitive Minority Student Leadership program. Mariah has a strong interest in working with patients with brain injuries and serving diverse populations through advocacy and diversity initiatives in the field.

GRADUATE RESEARCHERS

LAUREN HUMPERT

First-year graduate student in the MA 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. Lauren received a UC Excellence Award for her Capstone project in the VSM Lab. Her areas of interest include voice disorders, developmental language disorders, dysphagia, and speech-sound disorders.

NICK KELLIHER, M.M.

First-year doctoral student in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at UC's College-Conservatory of Music, where he also received his master's degree. His areas of interest are vocal health/wellness for the vocal athlete and operatic/commercial vocal production. 

COURTNEY KENDALL, B.S. 

Second-year graduate student in the MA 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 first year of graduate school. Her areas of interest include dysphagia, neurologic language and speech disorders, and neurogenic cognitive disorders.

ELIZABETH MACKLEY

First-year master's student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at UC. She received her bachelor's degree from Baldwin Wallace University. Her areas of interest include dysphagia as well as voice disorders and injuries among professional voice users.

TULSI PATEL, B.S.

Second-year graduate student in the MA Speech-Language Pathology Program at the UC. She received her Bachelor's degree from Miami University of Ohio. She received a Graduate Student Government research grant for her work in the VSM Lab. Her areas of interest include neurologic language disorders, neurogenic cognitive disorders, and voice disorders. 

SAM WESLEY

First-year MA student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at UC. She received her bachelor's of science from UC. Her areas of interest include dysphagia, Parkinson's disease, voice disorders, and neurogenic cognitive disorders.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

TARA DICKINSON

Fourth-year undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University. She is majoring in Communication Sciences and Psychology with a minor in Public Health. She completed a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at UC with a focus on gender affirming voice care. Her areas of interest include voice disorders, dysphagia, and neurogenic communication disorders

ALEKSANDAR GJUROVIKJ

Junior undergraduate student with a major in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Computer Science at UC. He is proficient in data analysis and image processing, as well as has experience in software development (C++ and Python). His area of interests include robotics, emerging technologies, and UAV’s. 

HANNAH NEWMAN

Third-year undergraduate engineering student with a major in Computer Engineering at UC. She is proficient in software development in languages including C#, Python, C++  and ASP.NET Core. Her areas of interest include artificial intelligence and applications development.  

SAVANNAH SHANLEY

Fourth-year undergraduate student in the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences program at UC. She hopes to attend graduate school in the fall of 2022 for Speech-Language Pathology. Her areas of interest include aphasia, dysphagia, and voice disorders.  

COLLABORATORS

AARON FRIEDMAN, M.D.

Associate Professor

Robin Cotton & Rocco dal Vera Professional Voice, Swallowing, Airway Center

Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati

RENEE GUSTIN, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Robin Cotton & Rocco dal Vera Professional Voice, Swallowing, Airway Center

Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati.

REBECCA HOWELL, M.D.

Associate Professor; Chief of Division of Laryngology

Director of Robin Cotton & Rocco dal Vera Professional Voice, Swallowing, Airway Center

Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati

CAGLA KANTARCIGIL, PH.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Swallowing Cross-Systems Collaborative

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University

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RITA PATEL, PH.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

Vocal Physiology and Imaging Laboratory

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University

TOM TALAVAGE, PH.D.

Professor

Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Cincinnati

SUDIP VHADURI, PH.D.

Assistant Professor

Mobile Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Department of Computer and Information Science, Fordham University