Lab Director

Liz Heller Murray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Heller Murray (pronouns: she/her) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She completed her MS in Speech-Language Pathology at MGH Institute of Health Professions and her doctoral and postdoctoral work at Boston University. Dr. Heller Murray’s clinical background has focused on treating children with voice and velopharyngeal disorders. Her current research uses acoustic, aerodynamic, and perceptual methods to investigate vocal development in children with and without communication disorders. The goal of her work is to leverage this information to improve current therapeutic interventions for children with voice disorders. When she isn’t working, Dr. Heller Murray likes to embroider and play with her toddler (although, not at the same time!)

Lab Staff

Lab Manager

Andie Chao (she/her) is the lab manager of the Vocal Development Lab. She graduated from Boston University with a BS in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and a minor in Music. Her research interests include the relationship between motor skills and cognition in speech production and understanding how best to optimize clinical assessment and therapy through clinical research. In her free time she loves hiking, exploring the city, and watching travel-food documentaries.

Lab Technician

Umer Rehman (he/him) is a recent graduate of Temple University with a major in Health Professions. He has been on the pre-medical track and is interested in both clinical research and experience. In his free time, Umer loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and watch football and soccer.

Graduate Students

Molly Allen (she/her) is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Temple University. She has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in vocal performance and has spent the past 8 years as an opera singer and voice teacher. Her research interests include voice disorders, vocal development, and gender affirming voice therapy. When she is not doing schoolwork, Molly can be found teaching, singing, cooking, or exploring Philadelphia.

Research Assistants

Olivia Quinn (she/her) is an undergraduate Voice Performance and Speech-Language Hearing double major at Temple University. Voice disorders are Olivia’s primary research focus. On her study breaks Olivia can be found on the water paddling a dragon boat or racing in her outrigger canoe.

Nicholle Wall (she/her) is an undergrad Speech-Language-Hearing student at Temple University with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research interests include the relationship between speech perception and motor speech production. In her free time she enjoys baking and painting. 

Anna Rutherford (she/her) is an undergraduate Speech, Language, and Hearing Science major with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience, working towards a certificate in American Sign Language as well. Her research interests include language development, voice disorders, and childhood voice. In her free time, she enjoys baking, listening to music, and watching true crime documentaries.  

Hayley Williams (she/her) is an undergraduate Speech, Language, and Hearing Science Major at Temple University with a Minor in Psychology and is working towards a certificate in American Sign Language. Her research interests include childhood voice and hearing disorders, and speech and language development. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to true-crime podcasts and going shopping around the city. 

Sari Goldstein (she/her) is an undergraduate Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Major with a Minor in Psychology. She is interested in working with children with common speech disorders! Her interests outside of school are playing tennis, painting, and exploring Philly!

Alumni

Lauren Colletti (Master’s Student, 2021-2022; M.A. Speech, Language, and Hearing Science 2022)

Rachel Viknyansky (Research Assistant, 2021-2022; B.A. Speech, Language, and Hearing Science, Minor in Music 2022)

Collin Slade  (Research Assistant, 2021-2022)

Emily Clark (Lab Staff, 2021-2022; B.A. Speech, Language, and Hearing Science, Minor in Public Health 2022)