The ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter is excited to feature Kaila Stipancic, PhD, CCC-SLP to kick off May, which is Better Speech and Hearing Month as well as ALS Awareness Month! Dr. Stipancic received her PhD at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston and much of her doctoral research focused on speech changes in ALS. She is now a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Buffalo. We are excited to have her discuss her research and the real-world implications of her work with our Massachusetts ALS Community!
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Kaila L. Stipancic, PhD, CCC-SLP
Kaila is a licensed speech-language pathologist and postdoctoral researcher at the University at Buffalo in the UB Motor Speech Disorders Lab. She received her BA in Speech and Language Sciences at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, her MA in Communicative Disorders and Sciences at University at Buffalo, and her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. She completed her clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in an acute-care setting.
Broadly, she is interested in how the brain controls the muscles of speech and swallowing and the perceptual, acoustic, kinematic, and neurophysiologic consequences of neurodegenerative disease on these functions. She has particular interest in the measurement of relevant clinical outcomes, such as speech intelligibility, and in improving therapeutic options to improve the quality of life of patients with oromotor impairments.
In her free time, Kaila enjoys hanging out with her cat Mozart and travelling to see family and friends all over North America.