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Biography

EricJHunterEric J. Hunter is the Director of the Voice Biomechanics and Acoustics Laboratory.

Dr. Hunter currently serves as the Associate Chairperson of the Department of Communicative Sciences & Disorders and the elected chairperson of the College Advisory Council in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University. He is also a member of the Governing Committee for the Trifecta Initiative for Multidisciplinary Health Research, a collaboration between the Colleges of Colleges of Communication Arts & Sciences, Engineering, & Nursing. Finally, he serves on the University Committee on Academic Governance and is also a member of the Faculty Senate.

In addition to his leadership roles at MSU, Dr. Hunter was elected in 2015 to the National Coordinating Committee for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group (SIG) 3 (Voice and Voice Disorders). He serves on the College of Fellows Steering Committee for the Acoustical Society of America, and is an Associate Editor of its POMA. Further, he currently serves on the international advisory boards for the Voice Foundation and the International Conference on Advances in Quantitative Laryngology (AQL).

Before coming to MSU, Dr. Hunter had served for 6 years as the Deputy Executive Director of the National Center for Voice & Speech. In this role, he played an instrumental role in transitioning the Center to its current home at the University of Utah.

For the last 15 years, Dr. Hunter has researched occupational voice use, specifically examining voice disorders in elementary and secondary school teachers. The goal of his current NIH-funded research is to quantify the risk for and recovery from tissue damage, as well as to ascertain why female teachers appear to be at greater risk.

His expertise on the vocal health of teachers and the aging voice has been consulted in television/radio interviews, newspaper stories, and internet reports across the United States, as well as in Great Britain and Asia, including the New York Times, MSNBC, and The Daily Mail.

Dr. Hunter earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in acoustics and vibration. His master’s thesis, which focused on designing and testing computer-generated visual aids, shifted his interest from general acoustics to speech acoustics. Dr. Hunter completed his training in the area of speech science and received his doctorate in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders from the University of Iowa. His dissertation topic used continuum mechanics to model vocal fold posturing. Dr. Hunter is married and has three children.

Courses Taught

  • Voice Disorders
  • Voice Instrumentation
  • Hearing Science
  • Physics of Music and Sound
  • Acoustics of Vocal Performance & Recording
  • Basic Acoustics, Speech & Hearing

Current Grant Participation and Projects

Title “Effectiveness of Telepractice by Smartphone App Technology in Preventing Voice Problems”
Role: Consultant
Partners West Chester University
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIDCD 1R15DC014566)
Year: 2015-2018

 

Title “Gender Differences and Speech Accommodation in Occupational Settings”
Role: Principal Investigator
Partners Brigham Young University, University of Utah
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIDCD R01DC012315)
Year: 2013 – 2018 (expect no-cost extension until 2019)

 

Title “Improving Speech Intelligibility and Vocal Health by Controlling Background Noise in the Classroom”
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Trifecta Initiative, Michigan State University
Year: 2015 – 2016

 

Title “Numerical Modeling of the Non-vibratory Biomechanics of Human Voice Production”
Role: International Consultant
Partners Sten Ternstrom (PI), Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)
Source: Swedish Research Council
Year: 2014 – 2016

 

Title “Influence of Subglottic Anatomy on Voice Production”
Role: Principal Investigator, Subcontract
Partners Brigham Young University (PI), University of Utah, University of Wisconsin
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIDCD R01DC009616)
Year: 2009 – 2015  (expected no-cost extension through 2016)

 

Key Research Interest Areas

  • Occupational Voice Risks
  • Aging Voice
  • Biomechanical Modeling
  • Research Recording Techniques
  • Biomechanics of Speech Articulators
  • Muscle Mechanics and Muscle Models
  • Signal Processing
  • Broader academic interests include recording techniques, speech perception, musical acoustics, and machine recognition of speech

Favorite Quotation

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Herb Brooks, Coach of the 1980 U.S. Ice Hockey team (beat the Russian Hockey team for the gold medal)

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