Cara E. Stepp, PhD

Cara E. Stepp, PhD

Associate Professor

Boston University
Program Director

Cara E. Stepp received the B.S. degree in Engineering Science from Smith College in 2004, the S.M. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences in 2009. She completed post-doctoral training in Computer Science and Engineering and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington.

Dr. Stepp joined the faculty of Boston University in 2011. She is currently an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, with affiliate positions in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Otolaryngology. She is the director of the Stepp Lab for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering, which applies engineering principles to improving the assessment and rehabilitation of sensorimotor disorders of voice and speech. Dr. Stepp was elected Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2018 and was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2019.

Research Interests
  • Objective assessment of voice and speech disorders
  • Voice and speech motor control
  • Human-machine interfaces for augmentative and alternative communication


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