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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!

Get ready...Katie Marks' PhD defense date is set!

March 17, 2021
We are very excited to announce that Katie's doctoral dissertation defense date and time are set. She will be presenting her work via Zoom on Tuesday, April 20, at 1pm ET. The title of her thesis is, "Toward Improved Assessment of Vocal Effort During Activities of Daily Living." Contact me for details to join. We're very proud of Katie's sustained effort (pun intended) for the past four years that have guided the success of both my Early Career R21 project on non-invasive estimation of subglottal pressure and our large P50 ambulatory voice monitoring project (read more at ... Read more about Get ready...Katie Marks' PhD defense date is set!

Katie Marks and Laura Toles are awarded ASHFoundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarships!

November 21, 2020

Very happy to see two of our lab's MGH IHP doctoral students, Katie Marks and Laura Toles, receive The ASHFoundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship. Katie's area of interest is in the study of vocal effort in patients with voice disorders, and Laura's area of interest is in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hyperfunctional voice disorders. See their smiling faces and other awardees at ...

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Ali Verdi wins Fall Voice Award!

October 24, 2020

Very happy for MGH IHP Master's student Ali Verdi who has received one of only six Fall Voice Virtual Podium/Virtual Poster Pod Awards! Ali and IHP doctoral student Katie Marks collaborated closely on their study on Ecological Momentary Assessment of Vocal Effort in Patients with Vocal Hyperfunction. In 2020, the Fall Voice was a virtual conference, and Ali submitted a pre-recorded presentation and was present live for Q&A.

The purpose of the study was to investigate the ecological momentary assessment (EMA) of vocal effort exhibited in daily life by patients with vocal...

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