Marziye Eshghi, PhD, is Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab.

Eshghi obtained her PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, in 2018. She also holds a PhD in Linguistics with specific focus on language development, experimental phonology, and speech and language disorders. Her research interests are neural control of speech production and perception, speech motor control in neurodegenerative diseases, as well as speech disorders due to structural abnormalities such as cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies.

She has been recognized as the recipient of several prestigious and highly competitive awards including 1st place student paper award from the Acoustical Society of America in spring 2016 meeting, New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship from American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, Karlind T. Moller Scholarship for Speech Pathology/Audiology Students, David P. Kuehn Speech Scholarship from Cleft Palate Foundation, and DAHS Student Research Ambassador Award from UNC-CH school of Medicine. She has been the author or co-author of several peer-reviewed journal articles.

  • PhD, Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Selected conference and journal publications

Eshghi, M., Rong, P., Mefferd, AS., Stipancic, K.L., Yunusova, Y., Green, J.R. (2019). Reduced task adaptation in alternating motion rate tasks as an early marker of bulbar involvement in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Interspeech.

Eshghi, M., Richburg, B., Yunusova, Y., Green, J. R. (2019). Instrumental Evaluation of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. ICPhS.

Eshghi, M., Adatorwovor, R., Preisser J. S., Zajac, D. J. (in press). Vocabulary Growth from 18 to 24 months of age in Children with Repaired Cleft Palate, Children with Otitis Media, and Children with Typical Development. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Zajac, D. J., & Eshghi, M. (2017). Vocal Loudness as Contributory to the Occurrence of Obligatory Posterior Nasal Turbulence. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal55(2), 301-306.

Eshghi, M., Vallino, L. D., Baylis, A. L., Preisser, J. S., & Zajac, D. J. (2017). Velopharyngeal Status of Stop Consonants and Vowels Produced by Young Children With and Without Repaired Cleft Palate at 12, 14, and 18 Months of Age: A Preliminary Analysis. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research60: 1467-1476.

Eshghi, M., Alemi, M., & Zajac, D. J. (2016). Aerodynamic and Laryngeal Characteristics of Place-Dependent Voice Onset Time Differences. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica68(5), 239-246.

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Awards and Honors

New Investigator Award, 2023

The purpose of this award is to honor an MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) faculty member who has achieved distinction in the early stages of a research career by developing a program of research that is recognized for 1) creating new knowledge that significantly impacts the scientific basis of his or her field of practice, and 2) advancing the research mission of the IHP. Nominees will be evaluated based on the scope and impact of their research programs.

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