Soo-Eun Chang, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Speech Neurophysiology Lab. Soo-Eun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Rosa Casco Solano-Lopez Research Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Soo-Eun is also an Adjunct Professor at the Michigan State University, in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and the Department of Psychology. Soo-Eun received her MS degree and clinical training as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Vanderbilt University, received her PhD in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and trained as a postdoctoral research fellow at the NINDS Intramural Research Program at the NIH. One of the goals of her research program is to identify biomarkers that may help diagnose and predict persistent forms of stuttering in the future. Soo-Eun is also interested in developing novel treatment options for stuttering, which may include neuromodulatory techniques that augment behavioral therapy, and early intervention to prevent chronic life-time stuttering. Dr. Chang may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily O. Garnett, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, and a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist. She received her clinical training degree from West Virginia University in 2009 and her PhD from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Broadly speaking, she is interested in speech production in fluency disorders as well as acquired neurogenic disorders. During her doctoral training, her research focused on psycholinguistic aspects of stuttering, cluttering, aphasia, and apraxia of speech, using behavioral, neurophysiological, and neuromodulation methods. Her current research focuses on analysis and collection of structural and functional imaging data, as well as the use of neuromodulation to augment traditional speech therapy in developmental stuttering. Dr. Garnett may be contacted at email@example.com.
Chelsea Johnson, B.S., is currently a doctoral student in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Program at Michigan State University and a research coordinator for the Speech Neurophysiology Lab. She received her psychology and neuroscience undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University. Chelsea is interested in studying cognitive aspects that may be involved with developmental stuttering such as memory and attention.
Gregory J. Spray, MA, CCC-SLP, is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communicative Sciences & Disorders within the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University. Greg is a licensed speech-language pathologist who currently serves as the President of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He began graduate study at Michigan State University in 2012 after completing his Bachelor of Science in speech-language pathology and audiology at Western Michigan University. He is currently a member of the Michigan State University Presidential Search Committee where he represents the more than 10,000+ graduate and professional students at MSU. Spray completed his Master of Arts degree at MSU in 2014, and returned to MSU to study the neural bases of developmental stuttering. His research interests include identifying prognostic indicators for stuttering persistence and recovery.
Saralyn Rubsam, MA, CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist with years of experience in the assessment and treatment of pediatric communication disorders. Her clinical interests include normal language acquisition, autism spectrum disorders, literacy development, and traumatic brain injury. Saralyn has Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Miami University. She received her undergraduate training in Elementary Education and Speech-Language Pathology from Western Michigan University. Saralyn assists in recruiting participants, completing speech-language evaluations, obtaining case history information and works directly with clients and families participating in the study.
Megan Sheppard, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist with many years experience working with children and adults in both medical and educational settings. At the Speech Neurophysiology Lab, Megan assists in recruiting participants, completing speech-language evaluations, obtaining case history information, gathering data, and working directly with clients and families participating in the study. Megan has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Michigan University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University.
Nasreen Al-Qadi, B.A. is the database developer and data manager for the Speech Neurophysiology Lab. She is a recent graduate from Wellesley College in Massachusetts with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She joined the lab in Fall 2018 and is developing a centralized data management system to ensure participant data remains accurate, protected and easily utilized. She is also responsible for training lab members on the use of new data management systems and the digitization of records.
Raywa Masti is an undergraduate sophomore majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation at Michigan State University. She joined the lab in Summer 2018 and assists by transcribing videos of participants for analysis. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and continue her passion for service and research.
Abhinaya Krishnaraj is the lab manager for the University of Michigan lab. She is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Arts & Humanities and a minor in Biology. As the lab manager, Abhi recruits participants in the Ann Arbor area, coordinates participant visits, and works on maintaining the lab's website and social media accounts. She joined the lab in the fall of her freshmen year in 2015 through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Since May 2016, she has also become a member of the research team, editing the raw MRI brain scans using Freesurfer. Apart from work, she is an avid artist. As a part of her honors thesis she created a children’s book designed to increase educational awareness about childhood stuttering, which she presented at the Michigan Speech and Hearing Association conference in March 2019. She plans to begin medical school in the fall of 2020.