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Douglas H. Whalen, Ph.D., Director Douglas H. Whalen joined the GC faculty in spring 2011. He holds joint appointments in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and Linguistics programs. Dr. Whalen is also current vice president of research at the Yale-affiliated Haskins Laboratory (where he has been a researcher for thirty years) and is one of the world's leading scientists in the fields of speech and phonetics. 

The central theme of Dr. Whalen's research is the interrelation of speech perception and speech production, and how the two constitute a single system and cannot be understood in isolation from one another. His work addresses a wide variety of populations (from developing infants being raised in different language environments to adult speakers of American English and Native American languages) and techniques (including behavioral approaches, MRI, ultrasound imaging of the tongue, and electromyography). He was recently a program officer at the National Science Foundation, overseeing two major programs, Documenting Endangered Languages and Cognitive Neuroscience, and is the founder and president of the Endangered Language Fund, a foundation sponsoring research on the documentation of dying languages. 

Dr. Whalen also serves as associate editor of the Journal of Phonetics, and in 2008 he was elected a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the discipline. He received his BA from Rice University and his Ph.D. (in Linguistics) from Yale University.

Graduate Students


Reethee Antony Research Interests: examination of speech in noise processing in adults and children, CVC harmony process in the Tahltan language, and the effects of digital signal processing in normal hearing listeners.



Susan Alimonti Research Interests: motor speech disorders, motor based therapies, the role of the jaw in articulation, autism. [external link]


Katherine Dawson is currently a 2nd level doctoral student in the speech lab. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Bath (UK) in Applied Biology and worked in neuroscience research and the charity sector before entering the program. Her current focus is speech in aging and degenerative neurological conditions. She is particularly interested in how motor control and cognition changes across the lifespan, and the cognition-motor interface.

Ai Mizoguchi is a 2nd level doctoral student in the speech lab. She is interested in speech production and perception of second language learners. She is currently investigating tongue movements in speech production using ultrasound imaging.

Micalle Carl, M.A. CCC-SLP, is a doctoral student in the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program.  Micalle received her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Lehman College and is a NYS-licensed practicing clinician.  Her research interests include motor speech disorders in clinical populations, particularly in individuals with developmental disabilities.

Richard Lissemore is a singing teacher and voice researcher whose interests include electroglottographic, acoustic, and high-speed videoscopy analysis of voicing patterns following glottal consonants, in particular the glottal stop, and glottal fricative, of American English. Future research plans include investigations into formant tuning strategies of singers using the combined resources of ultrasound and Optotrak (HOCUS). Please visit for more information.

Stephanie Kakadelis is a Ph.D. student in Linguistics. Her research interests are in phonetics, phonology, articulation, and the phonetics of laryngeal features. Her current research is investigating the articulation and acoustics of languages which do not have any laryngeal (voicing) contrasts in their consonant inventories.

Kevin Roon is a post-doctoral associate in the speech production lab. He is interested in how ultrasound feedback can be used to aid in the acquisition of non-native language sounds, both in speech and in singing. As well as this work, his research interests include the process of phonological planning in speech production, the links between speech perception and production, and the nature of phonological representation. He also has a longstanding interest in Russian phonetics and phonology.



Eric Jackson received his Ph.D. in 2015 for a dissertation entitled "Variability, stability, and flexibility in the speech kinematics and acoustics of adults who do and do not stutter." This work examined kinematic variability in stuttering and non-stuttering speakers, and it applied a dynamical perspective for a fuller explication of the patterns. Eric is also a speech-language pathologist with a focus on working with children and adults who stutter. He currently holds an NSF-funded post-doc at the University of Iowa.