The Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR) is pleased to announce the selection of Cara Stepp, PhD, as the new editor-in-chief of the Speech section for the publication. Dr. Stepp will begin her term on January 1, 2022, succeeding Bharath Chandrasekaran, PhD.

Dr. Stepp is a professor of speech, language, and hearing Sciences (SLHS); biomedical engineering; and otolaryngology at Boston University. Her research focuses on voice and speech science, speech motor control, and assessment and rehabilitation approaches for individuals with voice and motor speech disorders.

Dr. Stepp’s Background

Dr. Stepp received her master of science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 and her PhD in biomedical engineering from MIT in 2009.

In addition to authoring or co-authoring more than 40 articles published in the ASHA journals since 2007, Dr. Stepp served as an editorial board member for JSLHR from 2017 to 2020 before coming on board as an editor this year. She also served as a guest editor for this year’s special issue of JSLHR featuring a selection of papers from the 2020 Conference on Motor Speech.

An active researcher, Dr. Stepp is the director of the STEPP LAB for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering at Boston University. The lab’s interdisciplinary work uses engineering approaches to study sensorimotor disorders of voice and speech in order to better understand, rehabilitate, and augment disordered communication.

Dr. Stepp can be reached via email at She welcomes your input and suggestions on how JSLHR can best serve the speech and communication community, and the discipline of communication sciences and disorders at large.