Cara E. Stepp, PhD

Associate Professor, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Cara Stepp
635 Commonwealth Ave


Dr. Stepp is the director of the STEPP LAB for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering at Boston University. Her research uses engineering tools to rehabilitate disordered sensorimotor function of voice and speech. Her long-term research goal is to extend current and novel therapeutic advances to the speech system, improving current treatment alternatives.

Dr. Stepp specializes in the treatment of voice, speech, and swallowing disorders, integrating speech science, computer science, and engineering—among several disciplines—to improve diagnosis and rehabilitation of communication-based challenges. She is a current NSF CAREER Award recipient, with multiple active federal grants supporting her research, and is a past Peter Paul Career Development Professor. A frequent presenter at conferences, she has published 2 book chapters and more than 50 articles in science and health journals.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Harvard University, PhD
  • Harvard University, PhD
  • Smith College, SB/ScB
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SM/ScM


  • Published on 5/29/2019

    Buckley DP, Dahl KL, Cler GJ, Stepp CE. Transmasculine Voice Modification: A Case Study. J Voice. 2019 May 29. PMID: 31153772.

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  • Published on 4/15/2019

    McKenna VS, Diaz-Cadiz ME, Shembel AC, Enos NM, Stepp CE. The Relationship Between Physiological Mechanisms and the Self-Perception of Vocal Effort. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2019 Apr 15; 62(4):815-834. PMID: 30969902.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/13/2019

    Cler GJ, McKenna VS, Dahl KL, Stepp CE. Longitudinal Case Study of Transgender Voice Changes Under Testosterone Hormone Therapy. J Voice. 2019 Apr 13. PMID: 30987859.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    McKenna VS, Stepp CE. The relationship between acoustical and perceptual measures of vocal effort. J Acoust Soc Am. 2018 Sep; 144(3):1643. PMID: 30424674.

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  • Published on 8/2/2018

    Park Y, Stepp CE. The Effects of Stress Type, Vowel Identity, Baseline f0, and Loudness on the Relative Fundamental Frequency of Individuals With Healthy Voices. J Voice. 2018 Aug 02. PMID: 30078521.

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  • Published on 6/20/2018

    Vojtech JM, Cler GJ, Stepp CE. Prediction of Optimal Facial Electromyographic Sensor Configurations for Human-Machine Interface Control. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2018 08; 26(8):1566-1576. PMID: 29994124.

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  • Published on 6/19/2018

    Abur D, Lupiani AA, Hickox AE, Shinn-Cunningham BG, Stepp CE. Loudness Perception of Pure Tones in Parkinson's Disease. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2018 06 19; 61(6):1487-1496. PMID: 29800039.

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  • Published on 1/26/2018

    Abur D, Lester-Smith RA, Daliri A, Lupiani AA, Guenther FH, Stepp CE. Sensorimotor adaptation of voice fundamental frequency in Parkinson's disease. PLoS One. 2018; 13(1):e0191839. PMID: 29373589.

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  • Published on 12/20/2017

    McKenna VS, Llico AF, Mehta DD, Perkell JS, Stepp CE. Magnitude of Neck-Surface Vibration as an Estimate of Subglottal Pressure During Modulations of Vocal Effort and Intensity in Healthy Speakers. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2017 Dec 20; 60(12):3404-3416. PMID: 29204608.

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  • Published on 9/2/2017

    Kaneoka A, Pisegna JM, Inokuchi H, Ueha R, Goto T, Nito T, Stepp CE, LaValley MP, Haga N, Langmore SE. Relationship Between Laryngeal Sensory Deficits, Aspiration, and Pneumonia in Patients with Dysphagia. Dysphagia. 2018 Apr; 33(2):192-199. PMID: 28866750.

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