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Olivia Murton, PhD

Olivia looks to her left in front of a brick wall. she wears glasses.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department: 
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Office Location: 
Building 79/96

Dr. Olivia Murton is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab. She obtained her PhD in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology in 2021 from Harvard University, where she worked on developing voice biomarkers to monitor health conditions including voice disorders and heart failure.

Her current research interests involve using voice and speech signals to promote health by diagnosing communciation- and non-communication-related disorders, monitoring changes in health status, and assessing the efficacy of treatment strategies.  

 


Research Interests

Voice and speech acoustics; communication disorders; quantitative assessment of voice and speech; vocal and other language-related biomarkers for health


Education

BS, Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
PhD, Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Publications

Burckardt, E., Hillman, R., Murton, O., Mehta, D., Van Stan, J., and Burns, J. (2020). The Impact of Tonsillectomy on the Adult Singing Voice: Acoustic and Aerodynamic Measures. Journal of Voice. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2020.09.029

Murton, O., Hillman, R., and Mehta, D. (2020). Clinical cutoff scores for cepstral peak prominence in the evaluation of voice disorders. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. https://doi.org/10.1044/2020_AJSLP-20-00001

Murton, O., Shattuck-Hufnagel, S., Choi, J-Y., and Mehta, D. (2019). Identifying a creak probability threshold for an irregular pitch period detection algorithm. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145(5), EL379-EL385. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5100911

Murton, O., Semigran, M., Daher, M., Verkouw, K., Tabtabai, S., Steiner, J., Cunningham, T., Hillman, R., Dec, G.W., Ausiello, D., Mehta, D. (2017). Acoustic speech analysis of patients with decompensated heart failure: A pilot study. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 142(4), EL401-EL407. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5007092

Murton, O., Zipse, L., Jacoby, N., and Shattuck-Hufnagel, S. (2017). Repetition and a Beat-Based Timing Framework: What Determines the Duration of Intervals Between Repetitions of a Tapping Pattern?. Timing & Time Perception, 5(3-4), 244-259. https://doi.org/10.1163/22134468-00002095

Presentations

Murton, O., Choi, J. Y., Mehta, D., & Shattuck-Hufnagel, S. (2018). “Toward the automatic detection of manually labeled irregular pitch periods.” Poster presentation at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Victoria, BC, Canada. November 8, 2018.

Murton, O., Daher, M., Cunningham, T., Verkouw, K., Tabtabai, S., Steiner, J., Hillman, R. E., Dec, G. W., Ausiello, D., and Mehta, D. (2017). “Acoustic speech analysis of patients with decompensated heart failure: A pilot study”. Poster presentation at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in New Orleans, LA. December 6, 2017.

Murton, O., Zipse, L., and Shattuck-Hufnagel, S. “Do repetitions of short tapping patterns show systematic beat-related inter-pattern intervals?” Oral presentation at New England Sequencing and Timing in Amherst, MA. February 22, 2014.