Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab: Lab Team
Jordan R. Green, PhD
Dr. Jordan Green joined the MGH Institute faculty in 2013. His research focuses on disorders of speech production, oromotor skill development for early speech and feeding, and quantification of speech motor performance. Dr. Green earned his PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle. He currently holds the Matina Souretis Horner Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences and is the Associate Provost of Research at the Institute. Read more on Dr. Green.
Karen Chenausky, PhD, CCC-SLP
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Karen Chenausky is a postdoctoral research fellow at the MGH Institute. She is interested in how motor speech disorders affect spoken language development in minimally verbal individuals with autism. Read more on Dr. Chenausky.
Ana Luiza Zaninotto, PhD
Ana Zaninotto is a neuropsychologist currently working as a Research Associate in the SFDL, under the direction of Dr. Jordan Green. She also has an appointment at the University of Sao Paulo (Neurology Department)as an invited professor since 2017. She is interested in investigating the brain abnormalities and cognition as mediators to speech motor impairments in neurologic populations. Read more on Dr. Zaninotto.
Kathryn Connaghan, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Connaghan’s research focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms of speech impairment and the social experiences of children and adults with dysarthria. This work is designed to identify specific aspects of speech impairment that affect daily communication interactions, overall participation, and that can be targeted for assessment and treatment. Read more about Dr. Connaghan.
Marziye Eshghi, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Marziye Eshghi, PhD, is a postdoctoral research associate in the Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab. Marziye completed her doctoral research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018, which focused on velopharyngeal dysfunction and resonance disorders. Read more about Dr. Eshghi.
Marc Maffei, MS CCC-SLP
Doctoral Research Fellow
Marc is a speech-language pathologist and a doctoral student in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program at the IHP. His current research focuses on using acoustic and kinematic data to assess the speech and feeding skills of children with minimally verbal autism spectrum disorder. Read more about Marc.
Bridget Perry, PhD '18, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Program Director, SLPD
Bridget Perry is a 2018 graduate of the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute. Her research focuses on speech production deficits and dysphagia in patients with impaired facial movement.
Brian joined Dr. Green's lab in 2013. Prior to joining the team he supported numerous research efforts studying speech, language, and audio perception at MIT and a small private research company. Read more on Brian Richburg.
Hannah Rowe is a doctoral student in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute. Her research focuses on investigating disordered speech in patients with ALS. She is looking specifically at comparing perceptual ratings from clinical tests to physiological measurements in order to develop more valid and reliable assessment tools for motor-impaired populations.
Read more on Hannah Rowe.
Doctoral Student Research Fellow
Kaila Stipancic is a doctoral student in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program at the MGH Institute. Her research focuses on the motor control of speech and swallow in adults with underlying neurological impairments. Read more on Kaila Stipanc
Hayden Ventresca joined the lab as a research assistant in January 2019. She earned her BS in Communication Sciences in Disorders and has conducted research on facial expressions and affect in Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is pursuing a career in clinical psychology and is interested in research on physiological psychology and the mind-body connection. Read more on Hayden Ventresca
Erin M. Wilson, PhD, CCC-SLP
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Wilson is a speech-language pathologist and researcher interested in the biomechanics of speech and feeding in typically-developing children and adults as well as in individuals with specific developmental disabilities and disorders including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Read more on Dr. Wilson.