Research Study to Develop Individualized Speech Therapy Goals:

The Role of Auditory Feedback in Speech

Participants wanted for a research study conducted by:

Dr. Elana Clar, Dr. Hooman Azmi, Dr. Manisha Parulekar
Hackensack University Medical Center

Prof. Caryn Grabowski, Dr. JisookAhn, Dr. Sona Patel, Dr. Vikram Dayalu,
Seton Hall University

The goal of this study is to learn about how people use their auditory feedback when they speak to help us develop individualized goals for speech therapy. Your voice will be recorded while you repeat sounds and sentences and listen to your own voice through earphones. In some studies, your brain activity will be recorded using non­invasive and pain-free techniques. These studies require up to 3 hours of total test time. Please contact us to inquire about the current study duration.

Participants include:
· adults who do and do not stutter
· adults with Parkinson's disease
Eligibility: You must be 18 or older if you stutter; if you do not stutter or you have Parkinson's disease, you must be older than 45 years of age. Your primary language should be English. You must have normal vision and hearing (without hearing aids), no history or presence of a speech, language, attention, mood/anxiety disorder. You must not have a learning disability nor have had a head, neck, or neurological condition or surgery, except related to the treatment of Parkinson's disease (e.g., Deep Brain Stimulation). You must be a non-smoker.

Location: This study will take place at the following sites:
- Seton Hall's Interprofessional Health Sciences (123 Metro Blvd, rm 0443, Nutley, NJ)
- Center for Healthy Senior Living (Hackensack, NJ)
- North Jersey Brain and Spine Center (Oradell, NJ)
Compensation: Participants who complete testing involving with brain activity measurements will be paid $100 for completing the study. Participants who complete only the screenings and speech tests will not receive compensation. Please note that participation is voluntary will not affect your current medical treatments.
Contact: Please contact the Voice Analytics, Neurodiagnostics, and Rehabilitation Lab directed by Dr. Sona Patel, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at Seton Hall University and Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences-Neurology at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at 973-313-6081 or VANIab.SHU© to participate