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.
Ho Ming Chow, Ph.D., is a Research Investigator in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Ho Ming is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms of language comprehension and production, and how these mechanisms are interrupted, leading to communication disorders. Current research focuses on identifying functional and structural brain abnormalities in developmental stuttering, and understanding the effect of stuttering-related mutations on white-matter microstructure and brain activations during speech production. Ho Ming was trained as an Engineer in Hong Kong, received his PhD in Cognitive Science, specialized in psycholinguistics at the University of Osnabruck, Germany, and postdoctoral training at the NIDCD Intramural Research Program at the NIH before joining the University of Michigan. Dr. Chow may be contacted at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew C Etchell, PhD., is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Andrew received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Macquarie University, Australia in 2010. He went on to complete a PhD at the same institution where his doctoral research focused on using magnetoencephalography to investigate neural responses to the perception and production of rhythms in adults and children who stutter and their fluent peers. Andrew is particularly interested in using various neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI) and neurophysiological methods (TMS, TDCS, MEG, EEG) to examine the structure and function of the brain in speech disorders and motor control. Dr. Etchell may be contacted at email@example.com.
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.
Kristin Hicks, MA, CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist whose current role is a research study coordinator of the Developmental Stuttering Project involves direct involvement with our young research study participants and their families, as well as the research team gathering extensive data on speech and language development and brain development. Kristin received her BS in Speech-Language Pathology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and MA at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Kristin recently accepted an additional position as the Clinical Placement Coordinator/Instructor of Clinical Practicum course for graduate students in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at MSU.
Chelsea Johnson, B.S., is the lab manager for the Speech Neurophysiology Lab. She received her psychology and neuroscience undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University in 2015. Chelsea is passionate about cognition and research and is an active volunteer in other labs on campus as well. As the lab manager, she is responsible for making sure that the lab runs smoothly by helping to coordinate participants’ appointments and by maintaining and organizing any data collected in the study.
Ashley Larva, M.A., CCC-SLP, graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 2011 and Master's degree in 2013 from Michigan State University in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Ashley has been working in the research lab since 2011 and has been an integral part of the lab since. She assists in training new lab members in the area of speech transcription and coding of speech samples for fluency analysis. Her primary responsibilities include analyzing speech samples to help determine stuttering severity. Ashley is a speech-language pathologist working at Heartwood School (Ingham ISD), a center-based, special education school for students ages 3-26 with moderate-to-severe cognitive impairments and co-occurring disabilities.
Greg Spray, MA, CCC-SLP, is currently a doctoral student in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Program at Michigan State University. Greg received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Western Michigan University in Spring 2012 with concentrations in music, psychology, and holistic health care. Greg is also actively involved with the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association where he serves as the Member-at-Large for Students on the executive board. One of Greg’s goals is to study the development and treatment of stuttering using novel approaches to benefit children and adults who stutter. Other interests include developmental disorders of speech and language, traumatic brain injury, aphasia, and dysphagia.
Anisah Al-Qadi is an undergraduate Senior at Michigan State University studying neuroscience. with a concentration in behavioral and systems neuroscience. She has been a member of the research lab since the summer of 2016. Her main task is transcribing audio conversations between children and clinicians. Outside of lab, she enjoys volunteering at a free clinic in Lansing, as well working with children at the Refugee Development Center
Abhi Krishnaraj is an undergraduate sophomore at the University of Michigan, pursuing a major in Arts & Ideas in the Humanities with a minor in Biology. She joined the lab in her freshmen year through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). She has worked closely with the tDCS participants at the fMRI lab and helped present the research at the 2016 UROP Symposium. Since May 2016, she has also become a member of the research team in editing the raw MRI brain scans using Freesurfer. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in medicine.
Lu Li is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan and is pursuing a Statistics major and a potential Biology minor. Lu joined the lab in 2015 through the UROP program. Currently, Lu assists with the lab's projects on brain imaging in children who do and do not stutter, particularly using a program called Freesurfer to inspect and edit gray and white matter segmentation in raw MRI images. These data are then used to characterize neurodevelopmental trajectories in children.
Sarah Limb is an undergraduate senior at the University of Michigan studying Psychology and Linguistics. She has been a member of the lab since winter 2017. Her main task is transcribing videos of the adult participants in the tDCS study. After graduation, she hopes to teach English overseas and eventually pursue a career in Speech Language Pathology.
Jessica Murray is an undergraduate junior studying Communication with a minor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. She joined the lab in the Spring of 2016. Outside of the lab, Jessica is a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. She plans on getting her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology.
Adrian Sanchez is currently a Sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Material Science Engineering and pursuing a minor in International Culture and Spanish. He joined the lab as a freshman as part of the UROP program. As a member of the research team his job has been to edit and finalize the raw MRI brain scans using an online program called Freesurfer, which allows the images to be further processed for analysis.
Cecilie Simonsen is an undergraduate senior studying Neuroscience with a minor in Art & Design at the University of Michigan. She joined the lab in the Fall 2016 as a research assistant, and currently works as a lab manager recruiting participants in the Ann Arbor area, as well as editing raw MRI scans. Aside from academics, she started and currently runs a non-profit that aims to provide children in inner city Detroit with weekly, free art and creative writing lessons. She has a passion for working with children and recognizes the importance of verbal and artistic communication, which motivated her to pursue a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and in the future a Master's in Speech Language Pathology.
Mackenzie Topolski is an undergraduate Senior studying Neuroscience at Michigan State University. She has been a member of the lab since Spring of 2016 as a research assistant. Mackenzie in another lab has participated in the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Outside of the lab, Mackenzie volunteers at soup kitchen, and at Impression Five. After graduation Mackenzie plans on to pursue a doctorate in Speech Language Pathology.