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 an Assistant Research Scientist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. 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. At U of M he was a Research Investigator in the Department of Psychiatry prior to his current position at Nemours. 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.
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.
Nasreen Al-Qadi 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.
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.
Yiling Liu, B.S., is a PhD student in the program of Communicative Sciences & Disorders at Michigan State University. She is from China and received her bachelor’s degree of science in Applied Psychology from Tianjin Normal University in 2018. Yiling is interested in studying developmental stuttering, and is motivated to elucidate the underlying neural mechanism from different aspects such as interhemispheric inhibition and motor timing.
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.
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.
Greg Spray, MA, CCC-SLP, is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communicative Sciences & Disorders within the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. Spray is a licensed speech-language pathologist who also serves on the Executive Board for the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and as a Council of Graduate Students (COGS) representative. 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.
Megan Buckley is an undergraduate junior at Michigan State University studying Psychology and minoring in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She joined the lab in summer 2018. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Master’s in Speech Pathology.
Rowaan Hermz is an undergraduate sophomore studying Human Biology with a minor in Bioethics, Humanities and Society at Michigan State University. She joined the lab in the spring of 2017 as a Research Assistant. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school.
Abhi Krishnaraj is an undergraduate junior 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.
Denise London is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with bachelor’s degrees in Linguistics and Psychology. She joined the lab in January 2017 as the new lab manager. As the lab manager, Denise recruits participants in the Ann Arbor area, coordinates participant visits, and works on maintaining the lab's website and social media accounts. Aside from work, Denise currently runs a basketball program at the YMCA for children with disabilities and also works to improve the literacy of kids at an inner-city school in Detroit. She is excited to pursue a Master's in Speech Language Pathology in the future!
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.
Jessica Murray is a recent graduate from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication and a minor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She joined the lab in January 2016. Jessica has assisted with all aspects of the lab, including training new students, organizing data, transcribing speech samples, as well as presenting research at Michigan State's University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. She will be starting her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Michigan State this fall.
Melissa Ruprich is an undergraduate sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Biopsychology Cognition Neuroscience. She joined the lab in the Spring of 2018 and edits MRI scans using Freesurfer. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and is specifically interested in working with children.
Jeremy Taigman is an undergraduate junior at the University of Michigan studying Neuroscience. He joined the lab in Spring 2018, and edits raw MRI brain scans using Freesurfer. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in medicine.
Jaya Thyagarajan is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Community Action and Social Change. She joined the lab in Fall 2017 and currently assists by editing white and grey matter in MRI images. She is also a Research Assistant for the lab’s ongoing PTSP clinical trial and assists with data management and MRI scans. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in healthcare.
Madeline Van Eck is the lab manager for the Speech Neurophysiology Lab. She is an undergraduate student at Michigan State University, studying a double-major in Human Biology and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society. As lab manager, Madeline is responsible for ensuring smooth operations within the lab through coordinating participants' enrollments in the study, as well as maintaining and organizing any data collected during the study.