Researchers’ Artificial Intelligence-Based Speech Sound Therapy Software Wins $2.5M NIH Grant

Speech Production Lab Director Dr. Jonathan Preston and recent PhD graduate Nina Benway were featured in this recent SU News article announcing the award of a $2.5 million dollar grant to continue to study/develop the Speech Motor Chaining website. Jon and Nina have partnered as co-investigators with Dr. Asif Salekin, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, whose expertise is creating interpretable and fair human-centric artificial intelligence-based systems. 

For more information about our new project from SU News, click here.

Nicole Caballero featured on Channel 9 News discussing DTTC study

Nicole Caballero, M.S., SLP (Binghamton University ’14; The College of St. Rose ’19) was featured on a NewsChannel9 (WSYR) story discussing our current Dynamic Therapy/Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing project for children ages 3-7. This project is supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). We are partnering with Dr. Patricia McCabe at the University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia) and Dr. Edwin Maas at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA USA)  to complete this international clinical trial. 

Details on the treatment study, including video of the news story, are available here

Nina Benway Recognized for Excellence in Research and Creative Work

PhD candidate Nina R. Benway (Cornell ’08, The College of St. Rose, ’11) was awarded the Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work. Her dissertation focuses on the development and validation of clinical AI tools for individuals with speech disorders. Nina has previously participated in research to improve treatment outcomes in children with speech sound disorders using biofeedback approaches. You can learn more about Nina’s work on her website

She and the other award winners will make a presentation at a symposium on March 25, 2022 in Lyman Hall Room 132. 

More information on this award, including names of other winners, can be found here.

Lab Member Awarded ACC Postgraduate Scholarship

Claire in her field hockey uniform standing with her arms crossedClaire Cooke, a first year M.S.-SLP student, was one of three students in the ACC who was awarded the Jim & Pat Thacker Scholarship for postgraduate students. According to the scholarship announcement the scholarship is designed to honor students who will pursue postgraduate work who “…have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.” Claire earned her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University through the Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics in Human Development & Family Science in 2021.

More information, including other scholarship winners, can be found on the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship announcement.

Dr. Preston featured on A&S Website

Dr. Preston spoke with A&S Communication Specialist Dan Bernardi about the current NIH-funded projects. Both our in-person study for children with errors on the R sound and our telepractice study are featured. We have partnered with Dr. McAllister at New York University and Dr. Hitchcock at Montclair State University on both projects.

Megan Leece on Bridge Street

Megan Leece describes our ongoing studies and demonstrates ultrasound biofeedback on Syracuse TV program Bridge Street, May 2019