CASA Lab Newsletter

🎉 Congratulations to our lab members’ accomplishments! 🎉 Gursharan graduated from the Masters in CDS and will soon be starting her clinical fellowship–congratulations! 🎉 Amanda graduated from the SLHS major and will be starting her graduate degree at Syracuse University in the fall –congratulations!

Acoustical Society of America Meeting 182

I (Thea) am in Denver for the week at the Acoustical Society of America Meeting. I’ll be presenting a continuation of our speech-in-masks work, this time reporting acoustic findings of the effects of masks and clear and loud speaking styles on the speech of talkers with Parkinson’s disease.

Speech in masks: New papers out

Our lab has two papers now available that report on the effects of face masks on speech: “The impact of face masks on spectral acoustics of speech: Effect of clear and loud speech styles” was just published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

CASA Lab Newsletter: 2021 Recap and what's to come in 2022

Lab Updates! Hello from hybrid lab meetings We are swiftly moving through 2022! We took a moment to reflect back on 2021 to think about some of the major milestones and projects for the lab and about what’s in store in Spring of this year.

Motor Speech Conference

The lab will be presenting two posters related to our Speech-in-Masks studies this Saturday (February 19, 2022) at the Motor Speech Conference in Charleston, SC. Gursharan Badh, second year graduate SLP student, will be presenting “The Impact of Face Masks on Spectral Acoustics of Speech: Effect of Clear and Loud Speech Styles”.

ASHFoundation New Investigators Research Grant

Thea recently received the 2021 American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation New Investigators Research Grant! This grant will support the project “Prominence and communicative intent in dysarthria.” Read more about this funding mechanism here.


Thea was selected as a recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s 2021 Advancing Academic-Research Career (AARC) Award! This award supports the academic-research careers of early career faculty through mentored research and teaching activities.


Thea will be presenting a poster entitled “VOT voicing contrast is robust along a speech rate continuum in dysarthria.” LabPhon17 - hosted virtually by the University of British Columbia July 6 - 8.

Motor Speech Conference

Dr. Thea Knowles will be presenting a poster entitled “Acoustic changes along a modified speech rate continuum” at the Motor Speech Conference in Santa Barbara, CA this Thursday (February 20, 2020).

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