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 1/19/2024

    Dahl KL, Cádiz MD, Zuk J, Guenther FH, Stepp CE. Controlling Pitch for Prosody: Sensorimotor Adaptation in Linguistically Meaningful Contexts. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2024 Feb 12; 67(2):440-454. PMID: 38241671.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/11/2023

    Dragicevic DA, Dahl KL, Perkins Z, Abur D, Stepp CE. Effects of a Concurrent Working Memory Task on Speech Acoustics in Parkinson's Disease. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2024 Jan 03; 33(1):418-434. PMID: 38081054.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/7/2023

    Norotsky RL, Dahl KL, Cocroft S, Sauder C, Tracy LF, Stepp CE. Does Implicit Racial Bias Affect Auditory-Perceptual Evaluations of Dysphonic Voices? J Voice. 2023 Dec 07. PMID: 38065808.

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  • Published on 11/22/2023

    Kapsner-Smith MR, Abur D, Eadie TL, Stepp CE. Test-Retest Reliability of Behavioral Assays of Feedforward and Feedback Auditory-Motor Control of Voice and Articulation. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2024 Jan 08; 67(1):34-48. PMID: 37992404.

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  • Published on 11/9/2023

    Marks KL, Dahl KL, Stepp CE. The Impact of Foreign Language Accent on Expert Listeners' Auditory-Perceptual Evaluations of Dysphonia. Laryngoscope. 2024 May; 134(5):2272-2276. PMID: 37942827.

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  • Published on 10/27/2023

    Houle N, Feaster T, Mira A, Meeks K, Stepp CE. Sex Differences in the Speech of Persons With and Without Parkinson's Disease. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2024 Jan 03; 33(1):96-116. PMID: 37889201.

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  • Published on 10/18/2023

    Miller HE, Kearney E, Nieto-Castañón A, Falsini R, Abur D, Acosta A, Chao SC, Dahl KL, Franken M, Heller Murray ES, Mollaei F, Niziolek CA, Parrell B, Perrachione T, Smith DJ, Stepp CE, Tomassi N, Guenther FH. Do Not Cut Off Your Tail: A Mega-Analysis of Responses to Auditory Perturbation Experiments. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2023 Nov 09; 66(11):4315-4331. PMID: 37850867.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 2024 May 03; 36(3):217-223. PMID: 37699111.

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  • 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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