Research Assistants


h_elliottHeather Elliott

Heather is currently a fourth-year student in the School of Health Sciences. She has served as a Research Assistant for the past two years on a project that has addressed issues of listener comfort and voice severity in those who use alaryngeal speech following treatment for laryngeal cancer. Heather will continue to pursue work in this area over the next academic year.









a_ingramAlisha Ingram

Alisha is currently completing the second year of her Master of Clinical Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology. She graduated from Memorial University in Newfoundland in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. This is Alisha’s first year as a Research Assistant in the Voice Production and Perception Laboratory.  She is currently involved in a project that involves exploration of perceptual features that serve as markers of listener preference and listener comfort in those who have undergone total laryngectomy and use tracheoesophageal speech.







s_sampietroSara Sampietro

Sara is currently completing the second year of her Master of Clinical Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She graduated from the University of Windsor in 2009.  Sara began her affiliation with the VPPL as Research Assistant in September 2011.  She is currently involved in a project that explores listener perception related to voice and speech characteristics of women who have received tracheoesophageal puncture voice restoration.








g_scottGrace Scott

Grace is currently a third year undergraduate student in Kinesiology; it is her intention to pursue graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology following graduation.  Her present research work in the laboratory addresses the perception of listener comfort relative to esophageal, tracheoesophageal, and electrolaryngeal speech in those who undergo total laryngectomy. 








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