Principal Investigator (PI)


Maryam Naghibolhosseini


Tel.: 517-884-2256

Dr. Naghibolhosseini is the director of AVAH Lab. She earned her bachelor and master's degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering and obtained her PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Her research is focused on studying voice dynamics, speech acoustics and sound processing in the auditory system. She uses advanced mathematical modeling, data mining, and signal/image processing in her research.

The PI received an NIDCD NIH K01 Career Development Award in 2019 to study voice production mechanisms underlying dysphonia in connected speech. She is also the recipient of the 2018 Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Young Investigator Grant (sponsored by Women in Acoustics) and 2017 Sataloff Young Investigator Award (co-sponsored by Elsevier and The Voice Foundation).


Maryam Naghibolhosseini

PhD Students


Ahmed Yousef


Ahmed is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders under the supervision of Dr. Naghibolhosseini. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in 2013 and 2016, respectively, from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Alexandria University, Egypt. Ahmed aims to use his background in mechanical modeling and fluid dynamics to study and model voice biomechanics. He finds this work to be rewarding in being able to do research in an area that will have a positive impact in the quality of life of people with voice disorders.  

Master's Students


Corinne Brown


Corinne is a first-year graduate student in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders program (CSD) within the college of Communication, Arts, and Sciences at MSU. She earned her B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor in 2018. She joined AVAH lab in Spring 2019. Her research is on the analysis of high-speed videoendoscopy data from participants with neurogenic voice disorders to study voice production in this population. Upon graduation from CSD, she plans to become a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Undergraduate Students


Brianna Behrens


Brianna is a Senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as Cognitive Science. She joined AVAH Lab in the Summer of 2020. Brianna is looking forward to graduating and pursuing a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. She is hoping to work in a hospital or rehab setting and is specifically interested in the feeding and swallowing aspects of Speech and Language Pathology. Brianna is excited to make a difference in individual’s life and can’t wait to see where her career will take her.

Victoria Foco


Victoria is from Alpena, Michigan. She is a freshman at Michigan State University majoring in Linguistics with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She joined the AVAH Lab in Spring 2021. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education and get a Doctorate in Audiology and specializes in cochlear implants.  She wants to be able to make a difference in people’s lives and allow them to have a voice no matter the circumstances. She hopes to make a positive impact in the world of voice and hearing disorders.

Nicole Heinz


Nicole is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. She joined the AVAH Lab in Spring 2020. She enjoys being around people and making a difference in the lives of others. She has years of experience working professionally with children and is looking forward to gaining more in the field of Speech Pathology. She plans on graduating in December of 2020, and is excited to spend some extra time working on research before heading into a Master's program for SLP. Nicole is hopeful for her future as a speech pathologist and is looking forward to helping those in need. She would like to improve the quality of life for as many people as she can.

Trent M. Henry


Trent is from Marcellus, Michigan. He is a junior at Michigan State University majoring in Psychology with minors in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and Cognitive Science. He is interested in the different ways that different people interpret sounds and how the perception of sound quality can vary from person to person. He hopes to obtain a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and work in a setting that focuses on children.

Mikayla Norton


Mikayla is from Howell, Michigan, majoring in Applied Engineering Sciences with a minor in Mathematics. She also has a strong interest in neuroscience, deafness, and sign language. Mikayla is an avid musician who loves playing but also the creative process when it emerges from collaboration. She is drawn to the feeling of working with others toward a common goal and for a common cause. Mikayla hopes to undertake difficult, data-driven work to solve real-world problems.

Sarah Zenas


Sarah is from South Pasadena, California. She is currently a freshman in the Michigan State University Honors College. She is majoring in Neuroscience through the college of Lyman Briggs and plans to minor in French and Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She joined the AVAH Lab in Fall 2020. After graduating, Sarah plans to go on to medical school and work directly with patients to help them improve their quality of life.

High-School Students


Farrah Levesque



Farrah is 15 years old and she is entering her sophomore year at Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg, New York. She joind the AVAH lab in 2019 to learn more about voice research. She is interested in geometry as well as English, French, and debate. She is a delegate for her sophomore class and the co-founder and treasurer of the aquatics club at Tappan Zee High School.


Former Students


Samantha Scheidler

Sam graduated MSU majoring in Human Development and Family Studies Psychology with a minor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in Fall 2020 with a bachelor's degree.


Rena Ju

Rena graduated MSU majoring in Psychology with a minor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in 2020 with a bachelor's degree.


Lauren Lee

Lauren graduated MSU majoring in Child Development with a minor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in Spring 2020 with a bachelor's degree.


Cayce Warman

Cayce graduated MSU majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies: Health and Society with minors in Cognitive Sciences and Communicative Sciences and Disorders in 2019 with a bachelor's degree.