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Hot off the press: JP's paper on real-world subglottal pressure monitoring

November 1, 2022

We are very excited that our paper is out on the culmination of a multi-year effort on subglottal pressure estimation in patients with voice disorders, with this voice parameter measured in real-world, daily life situations for the first time. This was a true team effort with engineering and clinical collaborators coming together to address the topic of improving clinical voice assessment. Congrats to JP for seeing this through the finish line taking the handoff from Jon and Katie's foundational data collection and analysis efforts. Matías, Víctor, and Emiro rounded out the Chilean all-...

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Hot off the press: Laura and Ariana's paper on vocal efficiency metrics in patients with phonotraumatic lesions

August 4, 2022

Congratulations to Laura Toles and Ariana Seidman on getting their recent work published in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research! This line of research continues to investigate the clinical utility of subglottal pressure measurements, with the ultimate goals of obtaining these measurements during daily life. Stay tuned for more!

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35914023/

Clinical Utility of the Ratio of Sound Pressure Level to...

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Sarah Eastman successfully defends her MS thesis!

June 22, 2022
Sarah Eastman, Master's student at MGH IHP, successfully presented her work on occupational voice use in teachers! We wish Sarah well in her next phase of her clinical training in Miami.

Hot off the press: Laura's paper on personality and ambulatory voice use is online!

November 4, 2021

Congrats to Laura Toles for getting her work publisehd studying personality and ambulatory voice use in patients with phonotrauma!

https://pubs.asha.org/doi/10.1044/2021_JSLHR-21-00274

Relationships Among Personality, Daily Speaking Voice Use, and Phonotrauma in Adult Female Singers

Abstract

Purpose

This study sought to determine whether personality traits related to extraversion and impulsivity are more strongly associated...

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Hot off the press: Katie's paper on ecological momentary assessment of vocal effort is online!

October 19, 2021

Congrats to Katie Marks for getting her work on real-world vocal effort psychometrics published!

https://pubs.asha.org/doi/10.1044/2021_AJSLP-21-00111

Psychometric Analysis of an Ecological Vocal Effort Scale in Individuals With and Without Vocal Hyperfunction During Activities of Daily Living

Abstract

Objective

The purpose of this study was to examine the...

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Daryush is awarded his first R01 grant!

October 14, 2021

We are very excited to share the news that Daryush has received his first R01 grant from the NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders! The project title is, "Ambulatory monitoring of a vocal efficiency index to improve the clinical management of voice disorders."

Vocal efficiency is a highly desirable objective measure for the clinical management of voice disorders, particularly if it can be obtained via ambulatory monitoring to track vocal health and vocal behavior in a patient’s natural environment. The proposed work pursues critical goals of...

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Open-access paper published on first direct measurement of vocal fold collision pressure

August 6, 2021

Check out our hot-off-the-press work: Direct Measurement and Modeling of Intraglottal, Subglottal, and Vocal Fold Collision Pressures during Phonation in an Individual with a Hemilaryngectomy (https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3417/11/16/7256)

We believe this is the first time that vocal fold collision pressures have been accurately recorded in humans with expected waveshape characteristics.

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Alessandra Verdi's IHP Master's Thesis Defense

June 17, 2021

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend Ali Verdi’s Master’s thesis defense next Wednesday.

Title: Ecological momentary assessment of vocal effort in patients with vocal hyperfunction

Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Time: 4:00–5:00pm ET

Zoom link: (email me for link)

(Dr.!) Katie Marks was an excellent mentor for Ali, as they worked together very closely on this project. We are very proud of Ali’s...

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Congrats to soon-to-be Dr. Marks!

April 20, 2021

Katie Marks successfully defended her PhD dissertation, "Toward Improved Assessment of Vocal Effort During Activities of Daily Living!"

Katie’s passion is in assessing and alleviating the excessive vocal effort experienced by patients suffering with voice disorders. I am very proud of Katie as she has steered multiple ships at the MGH Voice Center, including leading studies funded by my first independent grant...

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Laura Toles' PhD defense date is set!

March 29, 2021
Laura will be defending her PhD dissertation entitled, “The Role of Daily Voice Use and Personality in the Etiology and Pathophysiology of Phonotrauma in Singers," over Zoom on Thursday, June 3, at 12 noon ET. Contact me for details to join. Laura has played an integral role in our large P50 ambulatory voice monitoring project (read more at massgeneral.org/vhcrc). We are very proud of Laura's work the last four years and wish her well. Read more about Laura Toles' PhD defense date is set!