Cara E. Stepp, PhD

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 voice and speech disorders, integrating speech science, computer science, and engineering to improve diagnosis and rehabilitation of communication-based challenges. She is a past NSF CAREER Award and PECASE recipient, with multiple active federal grants supporting her research, and is a past Peter Paul Career Development Professor. She has published 2 book chapters and more than 100 articles in science and health journals.

Other Positions

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


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


  • Published on 9/14/2023

    Abur D, Hillman RE, Stepp CE. Auditory-Motor Function Pre- and Post-Therapy in Hyperfunctional Voice Disorders: A Case Series. J Voice. 2023 Sep 14. PMID: 37716889.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/12/2023

    MacLellan LE, Stepp CE, Fager SK, Mentis M, Boucher AR, Abur D, Cler GJ. Evaluating Camera Mouse as a computer access system for augmentative and alternative communication in cerebral palsy: a case study. Assist Technol. 2023 Sep 12; 1-7. PMID: 37699111.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/25/2023

    Smith KM, Demers-Peel M, Manxhari C, Stepp CE. Voice Acoustic Instability During Spontaneous Speech in Parkinson's Disease. J Voice. 2023 Jul 25. PMID: 37500359.

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  • Published on 6/7/2023

    Buckley DP, Abur D, Stepp CE. Normative Values of Cepstral Peak Prominence Measures in Typical Speakers by Sex, Speech Stimuli, and Software Type Across the Life Span. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2023 Jul 10; 32(4):1565-1577. PMID: 37257202.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/6/2023

    Aaron AS, Abur D, Volk KP, Noordzij JP, Tracy LF, Stepp CE. The Relationship Between Pitch Discrimination and Fundamental Frequency Variation: Effects of Singing Status and Vocal Hyperfunction. J Voice. 2023 Feb 06. PMID: 36754684.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/30/2023

    Marks KL, Díaz Cádiz ME, Toles LE, Buckley DP, Tracy LF, Noordzji JP, Grillone GA, Stepp CE. Automated Creak Differentiates Adductor Laryngeal Dystonia and Muscle Tension Dysphonia. Laryngoscope. 2023 Oct; 133(10):2687-2694. PMID: 36715109.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/14/2022

    Dahl KL, Stepp CE. Effects of Cognitive Stress on Voice Acoustics in Individuals With Hyperfunctional Voice Disorders. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2023 Jan 11; 32(1):264-274. PMID: 36516470.

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  • Published on 11/21/2022

    Frankford SA, Marks KL, Feaster TF, Doyle PC, Stepp CE. Symptom Expression Across Voiced Speech Sounds in Adductor Laryngeal Dystonia. J Voice. 2022 Nov 21. PMID: 36424240.

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  • Published on 11/12/2022

    Serry MA, Stepp CE, Peterson SD. Exploring the mechanics of fundamental frequency variation during phonation onset. Biomech Model Mechanobiol. 2023 Feb; 22(1):339-356. PMID: 36370231.

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  • Published on 11/3/2022

    Groll MD, Peterson SD, Zañartu M, Vojtech JM, Stepp CE. Empirical Evaluation of the Role of Vocal Fold Collision on Relative Fundamental Frequency in Voicing Offset. J Voice. 2022 Nov 03. PMID: 36336485.

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