Thea Knowles

Thea Knowles

Assistant Professor

Michigan State University

Thea Knowles

Hi! πŸ‘‹ I am an Assistant Professor and speech-language pathologist in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders department at Michigan State University. Previously I was an Assistant Professor in Communicative Disorders and Sciences department at the University at Buffalo. I completed a combined MClSc/PhD in Communication Sciences & Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) at Western University in London, Ontario (πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦) and completed my clinical fellowship in the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic at the University at Buffalo. My research focuses on describing the acoustic-phonetic characteristics of dysarthria, a group of motor speech disorders. In particular, I am interested in how changes in the acoustic speech signal modulate auditory-perceptual outcomes such as speech intelligibility, that is, how understandable one’s speech is to a typical listener. Informed by my background in linguistics and speech acoustics, my research can broadly be categorized into three themes:

  1. Understanding variable and adverse treatment effects on speech outcomes
  2. Acoustic distinctiveness and its role in speech intelligibility
  3. The use of technology for speech measurement and treatment

Also feel free to ask me about:

  • πŸŽ“ Combined clinical research degrees
  • β˜• Brewing coffee
  • πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Trail running
  • 🐢 My dog, Juno

πŸ“„ Access my CV here.

  • Motor speech disorders
  • Speech acoustics
  • Speech intelligibility
  • Speech measurement tools
  • PhD in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (Speech & Language Sciences), 2019

    Western University

  • MClSc-SLP, 2019

    Western University

  • BA Honours in Linguistics, 2012

    McGill University


Current lab members

PhD studentsAishwarya Ramani, Maura Philippone
PhD students (affiliated)AdriΓ‘n Castillo
Undergraduate studentsBrooke Emerick, Sara Cook, Chloe Glabach, Alison Garon

Former lab members

Graduate studentsKelly Gates, Nathan Cline, Gursharan Badh, Thea Holder, Nicole Adair, Matt Valerio, Darianna Borowiec
Undergraduate studentsKasandra Kinkead, Norma Hernandez, Katie Hickey, Prakshal Jain, Amanda Rubino, Maggie Boye, Christy Deng, Megan Gigliello, Emily Domnisch, Abi Dadzie, Laura Grande, Emma Makin