Dr. Hilger’s research investigates impaired speech production in motor speech disorders. More specifically, she looks at how prosody, or the production of pitch, loudness, and timing in speech, is affected in neurological disease or impairment. Additionally, she researches how healthy speakers use auditory feedback of their voice to make adjustments to their speech, and how the use of auditory feedback can become impaired in motor speech disorders. Currently, she directs the CO Motor Speech Lab and is investigating prosody and auditory feedback in individuals with ataxic dysarthria.
dysarthria, ataxia, prosody, intonation, acoustics, motor speech, bayesian statistics, voice
SLHS 3116 - Speech Science
Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
Provides a basic understanding of the structural organization (anatomy), function (physiology), and neural controls of the structures used to produce speech, swallowing, respiration, and related behaviors in humans. Recommended prerequisite: SLHS 3106.
SLHS 5292 - Neurogenic Speech Disorders in Adults
Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2023
Presents the neural bases of normal and disordered speech motor control, teaches assessment and treatment of motor speech disorders in adults, and applies motor control research to clinical problems.