The aims of the Cleft Palate Speech and Imaging and Visualization Laboratory are to improve our understanding of cleft palate speech. Most methodologies combine imaging technology with advanced 3D computer technology. The lab is equipped with a sound proof speech recording suite, computerized speech lab, visipitch, nasometer, phonatory aerodynamic system, EGG, and a multi-computing software system for data analyses. These tools allow us to examine the difference between individuals with normal anatomy and those with cleft palate. Researchers in this area work closely with colleagues in the ECU school of medicine, dental school, and cleft palate craniofacial teams across the state of NC.



Our lab director, Dr. Perry, serves as the Speech Language Pathologist on the Cleft and Craniofacial Team at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C. Their mission is to provide exceptional care for patients and their families with a focus on care coordination, communication, and long-term patient outcomes from birth to childhood. Graduate student clinicians at East Carolina University have the opportunity to obtain clinical hours through this educational experience.



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Congratulations to Katelyn Kotlarek on receiving an NIH F31 award! This is a significant accomplishment for Katelyn, our lab, and ECU.


Kazlin Mason successfully defended her dissertation, The Effects of Gravity and Scar Contracture on Post-Surgical Tissue Changes and Speech Outcomes Following Pharyngoplasties, on November 29th. Congratulations, Dr. Mason!



The Speech Imaging & Visualization Lab participated in the first annual College of Allied Health Sciences Research Day on April 26th, 2017. Ten students from the lab had the opportunity for present their research. Congratulations to all who presented for your excellent work in the lab this year!


Congratulations to Kazlin Mason for receiving the 2017 Doctoral Scholar Award from the Council on Academic Programs in CSD! This is an honor for Kazlin, our lab, and ECU.


Eshan Pua (2nd year Master’s student) recently accepted a prestigious craniofacial speech fellowship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Center for Craniofacial Disorders.


Two undergraduate students, Kori Engler & Jade Hughes, presented their research at ECU’s Research and Creative Achievement Week. Congratulations!


Three doctoral students, Katelyn Kotlarek, Kazlin Mason, and Lakshmi Kollara, recently traveled to Colorado Springs, CO to present their work at the American Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Association Annual Meeting.


Congratulations to all who had their work accepted for presentation at the Annual American Speech Language & Hearing Association Conference!


Kazlin Mason had the opportunity to travel abroad for mission work with Smiles International Foundation. She volunteered as the Speech Pathology Team Lead and worked to establish the first speech-language pathology services for this mission site. In addition, she provided an educational in service and seminars on the importance of speech therapy for children with cleft palate to local surgeons and clinicians


Congratulations to Graham Schenck and Kazlin Mason! They both received grant funding from the Cleft Palate Foundation to fund their dissertation research. Graham was funded through the Daniel Subtelny Clinical Research Grant. Kazlin received funding through the Junior Investigator Award.