Cleveland Hearing and Speech 340
Specialty: Communication Sciences
Jennell C. Vick, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences Program in Communication Sciences, with secondary appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine. Her primary research interest is the movements that generate what we recognize as speech—how do these movements develop in children who are typical and in children who have disorders that affect these structures? How do these movements evolve as part of normal and disordered aging? In understanding the mechanisms of typical and disordered speech movement, Dr. Vick hopes to develop treatments to benefit children and adults with severe speech sound disorders. She is the principal investigator on a project, funded by The Hartwell Foundation, to develop video-game software for children that displays a 3D animated avatar whose movements are driven by the movements of a patient’s tongue, lips, and jaw (much like current gaming systems, Microsoft Kinect™ and Nintendo Wii™). This will give patients the ability to “see” their own tongue movements, relative to an ideal version of the tongue movements required to produce specific speech sounds. In a traditional speech therapy session, it is difficult or impossible to visualize tongue movements because of the cover provided by the cheeks and lips. Dr. Vick collaborates with colleagues in the Case School of Engineering and at The University of Texas at Dallas on this project.
Dr. Vick teaches Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders, Child Language Disorders, and Quantitative Methods in Psychology (basic statistics).