Julie Liss

Assoc Dean & Professor
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020

Biography

Julie Liss is an associate dean and professor in the College of Health Solutions. She directs the Motor Speech Disorders Laboratory and is currently pursuing two lines of research in the area of motor speech disorders. The first line examines how listeners perceptually deal with different types and severities of dysarthria. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop a dysarthria-specific intervention model that takes into account the perceptual needs of the listener. The second line of research focuses more on the production aspects of speech. Our motor control studies include the effects of drugs and surgery (DBS) on speech in Parkinson's and other movement disorders; speech production deficits in hereditary diseases; and patterns of cortical-muscular coherence during speech and non-speech tasks.

 

Education

  • B.A. Psychology/ Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1984
  • M.A.- Speech Pathology, University of Denver 1986
  • Ph.D. Normal Aspects of Speech and Hearing, University of Wisconsin- Madison 1989

Research Interests

Julie Liss directs the Motor Speech Disorders Laboratory and is currently pursuing two lines of research in the area of motor speech disorders. The first line examines how listeners perceptually deal with different types and severities of dysarthria. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop a dysarthria-specific intervention model that takes into account the perceptual needs of the listener. The second line of research focuses more on the production aspects of speech. Our motor control studies include the effects of drugs and surgery (DBS) on speech in Parkinson's and other movement disorders; speech production deficits in hereditary diseases; and patterns of cortical-muscular coherence during speech and non-speech tasks.

Publications

  • Liss, JM, Legendre, S., Lotto, AJ. Discriminating dysarthria type from envelope modulation spectra. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research (2010).
  • Liss, J.M., Lansford, K., Caviness. Lewy Body Dementia. The Encyclopedia of Oropharyngeal Dyphagia in Rare Conditions (2009).
  • Liss, JM, White, L., Mattys, SL, Lansfordk K., Spitzer, S., Lotto, AJ, Caviness, JN. Quantifying speech rhythm deficits in the dysarthrias. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research (2009).
  • Mattys, S. & Liss, JM. On building models of spoken-word recognition: When there is as much to learn from natural "oddities" as artificial normality. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Perception and Psychophysics (2009).
  • Spitzer, S., Liss, JM, Dorman, M., Spahr, A., & Lansford, K. The use of fundamental frequency for lexical segmentation in cochlear implants. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America-Express Letters (2009).
  • Liss, J.M., Lansford, K., Caviness, J.N. Lewy Body Dementia. The Encyclopedia of Oropharyngeal Dyphagia in Rare Conditions (2009).
  • Liss, JM, Dromey, C., & Yorkston, K. Preface to Special Edition (Conference on Motor Speech). Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology (2008).
  • Weismer, G., Barlow, S., Smith, A., Caviness, JN, Liss, JM, Finan, D. Driving critical initiatives in motor speech. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology (2008).
  • . . Review of: Preclinical Speech Science: Anatomy, Physiology, Acoustics, Perception (2008).
  • Y. Choe, T. Azuma, P. Mathy, Julie Liss, J. Edgar. The effect of home computer practice on naming in individuals with non-fluent aphasia and verbal apraxia. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology (2007).
  • Z. Arvanitakis, W. Cheshire, R. Pooley, Julie Liss, J Caviness, A. Strongosky, Z. Wszolek, R Witte, D Dickson, Y. Tsuboi, R. Uitti, J. Slowinski, M. Hutton, S. Lin, B. Boeve. Clinical-pathologic studies of biomarkers in FTDP-17 (PPND family with N279K tau mutation). Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders (2007).
  • Liss, Julie M (Author) . The Role of Speech Perception in Motor Speech Disorders. Motor Speech Disorders: Essays for Ray Kent (2007).
  • J Caviness, Julie Liss, C Adler, V Evidente. Analysis of high-frequency electroencephalographic-electromyographic coherence elicited by speech and oral nonspeech tasks in Parkinson's disease. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research (2006).
  • Julie Liss, K Krein-Jones, Z Wzolek, J Caviness. Speech characteristics of patients with pallido-ponto-nigral degeneration (PPND) and their application to pre-symptomatic detection in at-risk relatives. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (2006).
  • M McHenry, Julie Liss. The impact of stimulated vocal loudness on nasalance in dysarthria. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology (2006).
  • . . Motor Speech Disorders: Essays for Ray Kent (2006).
  • W Jones, P Mathy, T Azuma, Julie Liss. The effect of aging and topic cues on the intelligibility of dysarthric speech. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (2004).
  • Liss, Julie M. Clinical Anatomy and Physiology of Swallow Mechanism. (2004).
  • K Sciortino, Julie Liss, J Case, K Gerritsen, R Katz. Effects of mechanical, cold, gustatory, and combined stimulation to the human anterior faucial pillars. Dysphagia (2003).
  • W Jones, P Mathy, T Azuma, Julie Liss. The effects of topic cues on intelligibility of dysarthric speech. Journal of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (2003).
  • Julie Liss, S Spitzer, J Caviness, C Adler. The effects of familiarization on intelligibility and lexical segmentation in hypokinetic and ataxic dysarthria. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (2002).
  • Julie Liss, S Spitzer, J Caviness, C Adler, B Edwards. Lexical boundary error analysis in hypokinetic and ataxic dysarthria. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (2000).
  • R Zraick, Julie Liss. Multidimensional scaling of nasal voice quality. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research (2000).
  • R Zraick, Julie Liss. The validity of equal appearing interval scaling of nasal voice quality. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research (2000).
  • S Spitzer, Julie Liss, J Caviness, C Adler. An exploration of familiarization effects in the perception of hypokinetic and ataxic dysarthric speech. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology (2000).

Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 567Neural Bases Comm Disorders
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 784Internship
SHS 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 494Special Topics
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 576Neuromotor Speech Disorders
SHS 592Research
DSC 593Applied Project
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 790Reading and Conference
SHS 792Research
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 494Special Topics
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 567Neural Bases Comm Disorders
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 784Internship
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 494Special Topics
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 576Neuromotor Speech Disorders
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 790Reading and Conference
SHS 792Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 567Neural Bases Comm Disorders
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 790Reading and Conference
SHS 792Research
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 784Internship
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 576Neuromotor Speech Disorders
SHS 592Research
SHS 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 567Neural Bases Comm Disorders
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 784Internship
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 576Neuromotor Speech Disorders
SHS 592Research
SHS 792Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 567Neural Bases Comm Disorders
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research

Presentations

  • Borrie, S., McAuliffe, M.J., Liss, J.M., Kirk, C., O'Beirne, G.A., & Anderson, T. Familiarization conditions and the mechanisms that underlie improved recognition of dysarthric speech. Language & Cognitive Processes. Christchurch New Zealand (Mar 2010).
  • Utianski, R., Lansford, K., & Liss, J.M. (March 2010). "The effects of topic knowledge on intelligibility and lexical segmentation of hypokinetic and ataxic dysarthria.". Conference on Motor Speech, Savannah, GA (Mar 2010).
  • Choe, Y-k., Liss, J.M., Azuma, T., Lotto, A.J., & Mathy, P. (March 2010). " Individual Differences in Perceptual Strategies.". Conference on Motor Speech, Savannah, GA (Mar 2010).
  • Borrie, S.A., McAuliffe, M.J., Liss, J.M., Kirk, C., OBeirne, G., & Anderson, T. (March 2010). "A comparison of familiarisation modes on perceptual learning and speech intelligibility of hypokinetic dysarthria.". Conference on Motor Speech, Savannah, GA (Mar 2010).
  • Utianski, R., Lansford, K., & Liss, J.M. "The effects of topic knowledge on intelligibility and lexical segmentation of hypokinetic and ataxic dysarthria.". Fourth Annual Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Tucson, AZ (Jan 2010).
  • Lansford, K., Caviness, J.N., Utianski, R., Liss, J.M., & Lotto, A.J. "Effects of speech intelligibility on the P1-N1-P2 complex: A preliminary analysis.". Fourth Annual Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Tucson, AZ (Jan 2010).
  • White, L., Liss, JM, Mattys, SL, Lansford, K, Lotto, AJ, Spitzer, S, & Caviness, JN. Distinguishing dysarthrias using rhythm metrics.". The British Association of Clinical Linguistics, University of Reading, Reading, UK (Dec 2008).
  • Spitzer, S.M., Liss, J.M, & Mattys, S.L. Acoustic Cues to Lexical Segmentation: A Study of Resynthesized Speech.". Conference on Motor Speech, Monterey, C (Mar 2008).
  • Liss, J.M., Spitzer, S.M, Lansford, K., Choe, Y-k., Kennerley, K. & Caviness, J.N. "Examining intelligibility deficits in ALS and Huntingtons disease.". Conference on Motor Speech, Monterey CA (Mar 2008).
  • Liss, JM. The Perception of Degraded Speech. Second Annual Meeting of the Auditory Cognitive Science Society, Tucson, Arizona (Jan 2008).
  • Mathy, Pamela, Choe, Yu-kyong, Liss, Julie, Edgar, Julia, Azuma, Tamiko. Effect of Computer-Mediated Training on Naming Performance by Aphasic Individual. ASHA Convention (Nov 2004).
  • Caviness, J, Liss, Julie, Parsons, L, Adler, C, Evidente, V. Analysis of high-frequency EEG-EMG Coherence in mouth movements and speech in PD. Conference on Motor Speech (Mar 2004).
  • Liss, Julie, Josephs, J, Parsons, L, Adler, C, Caviness, J. A prediction-based analysis of hypokinetic dysarthria in an "off" versus "on" medication state. Conference on Motor Speech, poster presentation (Mar 2004).
  • Liss, Julie, Krein-Jones, K, Lamoureux, A, Wszolek, Z, Caviness, J. Voice characteristics of patients with PPND and their application to pre-symptomatic detection in at-risk relatives. Conference on Motor Speech, poster presentation (Mar 2004).
  • Liss, Julie. Listener's role in the intelligibility of dysarthric speech. ASHA Short Course (Nov 2002).
  • Zraick, R, Liss, Julie. Individual listener differences in the perception of nasality. ASHA (Nov 2002).
  • Caviness, J, Liss, Julie. Analysis of EEG-EMG Coherence in Speech. Board of Governors Proceedings (Mar 2002).
  • Liss, Julie. Predicting Intelligibility from Auditory Cognitive Models. First Annual Meeting of the Auditory Cognitive Science Society
  • Corbin-Lewis, K, Liss, Julie. Vowel space in 10 Utah families. Poster presented at the 140th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Liss, Julie, Spitzer, S, Caviness, J, Adler, C. Perceptual segmentation of connected dysarthric speech: The final report. Tenth Biennial Conference on Motor Speech
  • Spitzer, S, Liss, Julie, Caviness, J, Adler, C, Edwards, B. An exploration of familiarization effects in the perception of hypokinetic and ataxic dysarthric speech. Poster presentation, Tenth Biennial Conference on Motor Speech

Service

  • Language and Linguistics, reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • National Institutes of Health, NIH NIDCD R03 Ad hoc reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • National Institutes of Health, NIH NIDCD ZDC1 SRB Ad hoc reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Speech Liaison Group for the Communication Sciences and Disorders Research Group, Founding member (2008 - Present)
  • Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research, Guest AE (2006 - Present)
  • Personnel & Budget, Member (2005 - Present)
  • Search Committee for Academic Faculty Position, Chair (2005 - Present)
  • Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, Co-chair (2005 - Present)
  • Mentor Program for Junior Faculty, Mentor (2005 - Present)
  • Public Relations Committee, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Mayo Clinic-Scottsdale, Senior Visiting Researcher (2004 - Present)
  • National Institutes of Health, NIH NIDCD ZDC1 SRB Ad hoc reviewer; R03; F and K series (2010 - 2020)
  • Curriculum Committee, chair (2010 - 2011)
  • Masters Admissions and Program Committee, Chair (2010 - 2011)
  • Search Committee, chair (2010 - 2011)
  • ASHA/Advancing Academic Career Awards, reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • FAS Marie Curie International Postdoctoral Programme, Reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • Journal of Speech, Hearing and Language Research, Guest Associate Editor (2010 - 2010)
  • Journal of Speech, Hearing and Language Research, Guest Associate Editor (2009 - 2010)
  • ASHA, Associate Editor (2007 - 2010)
  • American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, Associate Editor (2007 - 2010)
  • American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Associate Editor (2007 - 2010)
  • Acoustical Society of America, Invited speaker (2009 - 2009)
  • Acoustical Society of America, Session Chair (2009 - 2009)
  • Acoustical Society of America, Student Poster Competition Judge (2009 - 2009)
  • Medical Journal of Speech Language Pathology, Guest Associate Editor, Special Volume (2008 - 2008)
  • Program and Planning Committee, Co-Chair (2008 - 2008)
  • Curriculum Committee, Chair (2006 - 2008)
  • Ph.D. Admissions and Program Committee, Member (2006 - 2008)
  • Personnel & Budget Committee, Member (2005 - 2008)
  • Tenure & Promotion Committee, Member (1998 - 2008)
  • Conference on Motor Speech, Program-CoChair (2006 - 2008)
  • Conference on Motor Speech, Program Chair, Conference Organizer (2006 - 2008)
  • Interim Department, SHS, Chair (2007 - 2007)
  • Ataxia Support Group (Phoenix Area and Tucson Area), Invited Speaker (2006 - 2006)
  • JOURNAL OF SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING RESEARCH, GUEST AE (2006 - 2006)
  • Neuroscience Ph.D. Curriculum Development Committee, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Ph.D. Admissions and Program Committee, Chair (2004 - 2006)
  • NIH NIDCD R03, Ad hoc reviewer (2002 - 2006)
  • Huntington's Disease Support Group (Phoenix), Invited Speaker (1995 - 2006)
  • American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Guest Associate Editor (2005 - 2005)
  • NIH-NIDCD, Ad hoc reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • NSSHLA, Invited speaker (2005 - 2005)
  • Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, Ad hoc reviewer (2004 - 2005)
  • J. Medical Speech Language Pathology, Editorial Consultant (2003 - 2005)
  • Mission Montessori Academy, SLP Supervisor (2003 - 2005)
  • Interdisciplinary Doctorate Program, Member (1994 - 2005)
  • NSSHLA; Ph.D. Shortage 2005 ASHA Convention, Invited Speaker (2005 - 2005)
  • Admissions Committee, Member (2004 - 2004)
  • Graduate Admissions, Member (2004 - 2004)
  • Affirmative Action, Representative (2004 - 2004)
  • NIH NIDCD Center Grant, Ad hoc reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • Admissions Committee, Chair (2003 - 2004)
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Committee, Chair (2003 - 2004)
  • J. Acoustical Society of America, Reviewer (2003 - 2004)
  • Promotion and Tenure, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program, Director (2002 - 2004)
  • NIH NIDCD Pre-Doctoral Award, Ad hoc reviewer (2002 - 2004)
  • Mayo Clinic-Scottsdale, Special Project Associate (1995 - 2004)
  • ASHA Convention Subcommittee 2004, Committee member (2004)
  • NIH-NIDCD, Ad hoc reviewer (2004)
  • Graduate Admissions, Chair (2003)
  • Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, Associate Editor (2003)
  • NSERC (Canada), Grant Reviewer (2003)
  • SPEECH, JOURNAL OF SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING RESEARCH, ASSOCIATE EDITOR (2000 - 2002)
  • Research and Creative Activities, Council (1998 - 2002)
  • ASHA Convention Program Committee: Motor Speech, Member (2000 - 2000)
  • Reading Committee for Motor Speech Disorders, Member (2000 - 2000)

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