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Suzanne Boyce, PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor  
Suzanne Boyce, PhD
Specialty: Speech Pathology
Sub-Specialty: Speech Articulation and Acoustics, Linguistics
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Allied Health Sciences
Title: Professor, Dean's Faculty Advisor for Research
Phone: (513) 558-8509


PhD in Linguistics at Yale University, 1988

CAGS in Speech Pathology at Boston University, 1997

Research Fellow in Speech Communication at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987-1990

Research Associate in Language Disorders at Emerson College, 1990-1992

Research Associate in Speech Communication at Boston University, 1993-1994

Clinical Fellow in Speech Pathology at Columbia Hospital, Maysville, KY, 1997-1998

Clinical Fellow in Speech Pathology at Hearing, Speech and Language, Inc., 1998-1999


The intersection of phonology and phonetics across normal and disordered speech and language; automatic computer analysis of intelligibility.

Current Research:

Acoustical modeling of vocal tract shapes during liquid consonants; Imaging the movement of speech articulators

Professional Affiliation:

Associate Editor, Speech Communication, Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA), Acoustical Society of America

Stetson Prize Committee, Acoustical Society of America, 2008-2009

Technical Committee on Speech Communication, Acoustical Society of America, 1999-present

Reviewer, Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Journal of Phonetics, Phonology, Speech Communication, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology

Recent Awards/Honors:

Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, College of Engineering, Boston University, 1993-1994

College of Allied Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Research, 2002

Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Elected, 2008

Selected Publications:

Groves-Wright, K., Kelchner, L., & Boyce, S. (in press).  Perception of wet vocal quality in identifying penetration/aspiration during swallowing.  Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. 


Murugappan, S., Groves-Wright, K., Kelchner, L., & Boyce, S.  (submitted)  Acoustic Characteristics of Wet Voice.   Dysphagia. 


Tiede, M., Boyce, S., Espy-Wilson, C. & Gracco, V.  (in press).  Variability of North American English /r/ production in response to palatal perturbation.  Van Lieshout (ed.) Speech Motor Control in Normal and Disordered Speech V.


Zhou, X., Espy-Wilson, C., Boyce, S., Tiede, M., Holland, C., & Choe, A.  (2008).  A magnetic resonance imaging-based articulatory and acoustic study of “retroflex” and “bunched” American English /r/, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 103(6): 4466-4481.


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keywords: communication science & disorders, speech pathology, articulation, acoustics