Research in the lab focuses on the characteristics, mechanisms and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders. Dr. Lowell and her research team are specifically interested in understanding more about ways to improve the differential diagnosis of voice disorders and the efficacy of voice and swallowing treatments. We focus on objective methods for determining laryngeal configuration, laryngeal height, and acoustic features of the voice. Our program of research includes voice and swallowing disorders related to neurological disease, as well as voice disorders that are associated with muscle misuse.

Funding for the research conducted in this laboratory has been provided by: 

  • National Institutes of Health grants: R15DC018132 (S.Y. Lowell, PI), R03DC012429 (S.Y. Lowell, PI)
  • SU Women in Science & Engineering (WISE): Faculty Leadership Development Grant (S.Y. Lowell, PI), External Mentors and Collaborators Program (S.Y. Lowell, PI)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation: Research Grant for New Investigators (S.Y. Lowell, PI)
  • Syracuse University College of Arts & Sciences