Featured Scientists

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Early Intervention Research Group

PI: Megan Roberts, PhD, CCC-SLP

Lab website

The Early Intervention Research Group (EIRG) exists to enhance the early development of infants and toddlers. The EIRG is a group of clinicians and scientists at Northwestern University led by Dr. Megan Roberts, PhD, CCC-SLP. Their mission is to empower families and providers to use evidence-based early intervention strategies to maximize child development.

Megan Roberts, PhD, CCC-SLP
Early Intervention Research Group

Children’s Literacy and Speech Sound (CLaSS) Lab

PI: Kelly Farquharson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Lab website

The Children’s Literacy and Speech Sound (CLaSS) Lab has a mission to help children with speech and language impairments achieve classroom success.  We work towards this goal in two related lines of work.  One has examined how working memory, language, and orthography may influence children's abilities to learn new words, read, and achieve age-appropriate speech production. A related line of work has examined how speech therapy-level variables, such as SLPs' stress, job satisfaction, therapy quality, and IEP goals, may impact the outcomes seen in children with speech and language impairments.

Kelly Farquharson, PhD, CCC-SLP
Poster presentation with Katie Goodwin (lab undergrad) and Dr. Whitney Schneider-Cline, collaborator
Receiving the OSSPEAC Award, a Clinical Achievement award, from Dr. Wayne Secord
CLaSS Lab Publications

James Curtis, PhD, CCC-SLP

James Curtis is a speech-language pathologist and postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Michelle Troche’s Laboratory for the Study of Upper Airway Dysfunction at Columbia University. His research interests include: (1) investigating the influence of respiratory-swallow coordination on swallowing function in people with neurologic disease; (2) examining how principles of motor learning translate to voice, cough, and swallow rehabilitation in people with neurologic disease; and (3) enhancing the validity, standardization, and clinical feasibility of voice, cough, and swallowing evaluation and treatment protocols. James is passionate about improving evaluation and treatment practice patterns through the dissemination of free open access to medical education (FOAM).

James Curtis, PhD, CCC-SLP
Columbia University Laboratory for the Study of Upper Airway Dysfunction
2019 Parkinson's Unity Walk in NYC
The Upper Airway Dysfunction Lab team, led by Dr. Michelle Troche
Self-archived publications

Micah Hirsch, M.S. (They/Them)

Micah Hirsch is a PhD student in Dr. Kaitlin Lansford’s Motor Speech Disorders Lab at Florida State University. Their broad research interests are in motor speech disorders, speech perception, and speech acoustics. Micah’s current research is focused on investigating the individual listener differences in perception of disordered speech and perceptual learning of dysarthric speech. Their overall goal is to understand how both listener and talker influences perception and processing of healthy and disordered speech in order to find new ways to support communication.

Megan Hirsch, M.S.

Ryan McCreery, PhD

Ryan McCreery, PhD, is the Director of Research and Audiology at Boys Town National Research Hospital. He is a hearing scientist dedicated to improving the developmental outcomes of children who are hard of hearing. He directs the Audibility, Perception, and Cognition laboratory, where we explore how children's auditory, linguistic, and cognitive skills impact their ability to understand speech in complex listening environments. His current research projects focus on developing ways to improve the ways we test children’s hearing and fit hearing aids for children who are hard of hearing.


Emma Wallace, PhD

Dr Emma Wallace is a speech-language pathologist and postdoctoral researcher. She completed her PhD with Prof Maggie-Lee Huckabee and Dr Phoebe Macrae at the Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research. After completing a 2-year post-doc at Flinders University, Emma will continue her research at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in Sydney, Australia in May 2021. Her research interests include: (1) investigating airway protective mechanisms in patients with dysphagia; (2) enhancing assessment and treatment of cough disorders; and (3) examining the relationship between respiratory and swallowing disorders.

Emma is passionate about free open access medical education to support speech-language pathologists to provide best practice, evidence-based dysphagia management.

Emma Wallace, PhD

Jessica Salley Riccardi, MS CCC-SLP

Jessica Salley Riccardi is a PhD candidate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland OH. Her research focuses on long-term outcomes after childhood brain injury including cognitive-communication skills and in high-risk populations. Jessica's dissertation addresses cognitive fatigue after childhood brain injury using behavioral and biometric measures (eye tracking and pupillometry). After graduation, she plans to pursue a faculty position in CSD to continue her research and teach. Jessica is also a practicing speech-language pathologist, supervising graduate students in pediatric AAC assessment and treatment.

Jessica Salley Riccardi, MS CCC-SLP at ASHA 2019
Jessica Salley Riccardi in the lab with PI, Dr Angela Ciccia

Sam Harvey, MSpPath

Personal website


Sam Harvey is a speech pathologist and PhD candidate within the Centre of Research Excellence in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation at Latrobe University. Sam studies how the amount of language therapy a person with chronic aphasia receives impacts recovery of language skills. As a clinician, Sam found that inaccessible evidence imposed a barrier to providing evidence-based practice. Sam self-archives to provide clinicians with immediate and free access to his work in the hope of reducing the knowledge-practice gap.

Aphasia CRE Team, September '19
Aphasia CRE
Sam Harvey, MSpPath

Hung-Shao Cheng, Ms

Hung-Shao is a doctoral student in Dr. Adam Buchwald's Psycholinguistics, Aphasia, and Neuromodulation Lab at New York University. His broad research interests include speech motor learning/control and the relationship between speech perception and production. Specifically, his current research focuses on: 1) investigating how learning to produce non-native sound sequences is affected by perceptual factors from both linguistics and speech motor control perspective; 2) identifying individual predictors of magnitude of improvement on learning non-native consonant clusters.


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