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Erika Levy

Professional Background

Educational Background

Ph.D. Speech and Hearing Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center
M.A. (CCC-SLP) Speech-Language Pathology, Lehman College
M.A. Linguistics, New York University
B.A.  Psychology, Wesleyan University  

Scholarly Interests

Cross-language speech production and perception, communication disorders in bilinguals, accent and intelligibility in speech-language pathology, treatment efficacy in dysarthria due to cerebral palsy and Parkinson Disease

Selected Publications

professional presentations

Tessel, C., Levy,  E. S., & Shafer, V. (2014). Neurophysiological indices of the effect of  cognates on vowel perception in late Spanish-English bilinguals. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual  Convention, Orlando, FL

Tessel, C., Levy,  E. S., & Shafer, V. (2014). Neurophysiological indices of the effect of  cognates on vowel perception in late Spanish-English bilinguals. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual  Convention, Orlando, FL 
 
Shen, Guannan,  Levy, E.S & Froud, K. (2014). Perceptual learning of lexical tones by native speakers of English. Journal of the Acoustical  Society of America, 135, 2353-4.

Levy, E. S., Seid,  E., Chen, W., Leone, D., Moya-Gale, G., Hsu, S.-C,  & Ramig, L. O. (2014). Vowel intelligibility  in children with dysarthria. Motor Speech Conference, Saratoga, FL.

Baigorri, M., Leone,  D., Hsu, S.-C., Moya-Galé, G. & Levy, E. S. (2012). Early and late  Spanish-English bilingual adults’ perception of American English vowels. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual  Convention, Atlanta.
 
Levy, E. S.  (2013). Managing academia in speech-language-hearing sciences. CUNY Graduate  Center, Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center,  Neurolinguistics Lab. New York, NY. (Invited presentation)

Levy, E. S. (2013).  Speech intervention for dysarthria in children with cerebral palsy. Symposium  on Cerebral Palsy, Teachers College, New York, NY. (Invited presentation)
 
Levy, E. S. (2012).  Speech treatment for dysarthria in children with cerebral palsy. CUNY Graduate  Center, Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, New York, NY. (Invited  presentation)

Levy, E. S., Hsu,  S.-C., Liria, L., Moya-Galé, G., Erickson, A. M., Rooney, A., Ramig, L. O.,  & Camarata, S. M. (2012). The effects of two speech interventions on functional  intelligibility in pediatric dysarthria. Motor Speech Conference, Santa Rosa,  CA.

Leone, D., Hsu., S-C., Baigorri, M., Moya-Gale,  G., & Levy, E. S. (2011). Children’s perception of clear-speech vowels. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,  129, 2625.
 
Levy, E. S. (2011).  What every Tompkins Hall parent should know about bilingualism. Tompkins Hall  Nursery School, New York, NY. (Invited presentation)

Levy, E. S. (2010).  The effects of speech-style changes on intelligibility. New York University,  Program in Speech and Language Pathology, New York, NY. (Invited presentation)

Levy, E. S. (2010). What's "gadoota" got to  do with it? A Strange journey to the perception of second-language dysarthric  speech. A Symposium on Speech Perception  Honoring the Contributions of Winifred Strange, CUNY Graduate Center, New  York, NY. (Invited presentation)

Levy, E. S., Leone, D., Garcia, P., & Baigorri,  M. (2010). American English children's perception  of Spanish-accented conversational and clear speech. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Philadelphia.

Levy, E. S., Garcia, P., Leone, D., & Lew, J.  (2010). American English adults’  perception of Spanish-accented conversational and clear speech. Journal  of the Acoustical Society of America, 127, 1906.

Goral, M., Levy,  E.S., Swann-Sternberg, T. and Obler, L. (2010). Frequency and Word-Length  Factors and Lexical Retrieval in Sentence Production in Aphasia. Academy of Aphasia, Athens. 

Levy, E. S., Castelluccio de Diesbach, &  Goral, M. (2009). Perceived change in accent after a stroke. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual  Convention, New Orleans.

Neumann, Y.,  Levy, E. S., & Obler, L. K. (2009). "Wow!" Brain processing of a  subset of expressives: Vocal Emblems. Cogfest,  New York-St. Petersburg Institute for Linguistics, Cognition and Culture. New  York.

Levy, E. S. &  Law II, F. (2009). Perception-production relationship in  French vowel learning in adulthood. Journal of the Acoustical Society  of America, 125, 2772-3.

Shafiro, V., Kharkhurin, A., & Levy, E.  S. (2009). Perceptual confusions of American English vowels and consonants in  Arabic-English bilinguals. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,  125, 2762.
 
Levy, E. S.  (2009). When student clinicians have accents: ASHA’s position and what the  research tells us. Metropolitan New York  Council of University Clinic Directors in Communication Sciences and Disorders’  Fifth Annual Conference on Supervision: Multicultural/linguistic issues, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. (Invited presentation)

Levy, E. S.  (2008). Speech-language pathology students with accents: Policies, practices,  and sentiments. New York University, Program in Speech and Language Pathology, New  York, NY. (Invited presentation)

Martínez, N., Posadas,  D., & Levy, E. S. (2008). Effects of clinicians’ language background on  phonological evaluation of children. American  Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention. Chicago, IL.

Levy, E. S. &  Law II, F. (2008). Production of Parisian French front  rounded vowels by second-language learners. Journal of the Acoustical  Society of America, 119, 3424.

Levy, E. S., Crowley,  C., Wagner, E., Downey, S., Kastl, R., Pleshivoy, Y., Rosenthal, D., Tancredi,  D., & Yukov, M. (2007). SLP students with accents: University Clinics'  Policies & Practices. American Speech  Language and Hearing Annual Convention. Boston, MA.

Kastl, R., Goral,  M., & Levy, E. S. (2007). Using internet technology for long-distance  language therapy in aphasia. American  Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention. Boston, MA.

Goral, M., Levy,  E. S., & Kastl, R. (2007). Treatment outcome in the treated and untreated  languages of a trilingual speaker. Living Successfully with Aphasia:  Intervention, Evaluation, and Evidence. Toronto, Canada.

Goral, M., Levy,  E. S., & Kastl, R. (2007). Language treatment effects in a trilingual with  chronic non-fluent aphasia. Sixth  International Symposium on Bilingualism. Hamburg, Germany.

Neumann, Y.,  Levy, E. S., & Obler, L. K. (2007). Brain processing of symbolic  utterances. 52nd Annual  International Linguistics Association Conference, NY.

Obler, L.K.,  Goral, M., & Levy, E. S., & Cohen, E. (2007). Little word problems in a  second language. Georgetown University  Round Table on Language and Linguistics, Washington, D.C.
Levy, E. S.  (2007). Best and Tyler’s Perceptual Assimilation Model for Second-Language  Learners.

Levy, E. S.  (1997). Stress, identity, and change in German surface forms: An OT analysis of  apparent exceptions to devoicing. Proceedings of the International  Linguistics Association Conference,  21. Washington, D.C: Georgetown University.

publications

Peer-reviewed papers (published and in press)

Leone, D., & Levy, E.S. (in press). Children's perception of conversational and  clear American-English vowels in noise. Journal of Speech, Language, and  Hearing Research.

Levy, E. S. (2014). Implementing two  treatment approaches to childhood dysarthria. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16, 344-354. DOI:10.3109/17549507.2014.894123

Neumann-Werth,  Y., Levy, E. S., & Obler, L. K. (2013). Hemispheric  processing of vocal emblem sounds. Neurocase, 19, 268-281.DOI:10.1080/13554794.2012.667122

Levy, E. S., Ramig, L. O., & Camarata, S. M. (2012). The effects of two speech interventions on speech  function in pediatric dysarthria. Journal  of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 20, 82-87.

Levy, E. S., & Crowley, C. J. (2012b).  Beliefs regarding the impact of accent within speech-language pathology  practice areas. Communication Disorders  Quarterly, 34, 47-55. doi: 10.1177/1525740112446851

Levy, E. S. & Crowley, C. J. (2012a). Policies and  practices regarding students with accents in speech-language pathology training  programs. Communication Disorders  Quarterly, 34, 59-68. doi:10.1177/1525740111409567

Altman, C., Goral, M., & Levy,  E.S. (2012). Integrated narrative analysis in multilingual aphasia: The  relationship among narrative structure, grammaticality and fluency. Aphasiology, 26, 1029-1052. doi: 10.1080/02687038.2012.686103

Leone, D., Hsu, S., Baigorri, M., Moya-Gale, G. & Levy, S. (2012). Children’s perception  of clear-speech vowels. POMA,  Acoustical Society of America, 12, 060003.

Shafiro, V. S., Levy, E. S., Khamis-Dakwar,  R., & Kharkhurin. A. (2012). Perceptual confusions of American  English vowels and consonants by native English and native Arabic bilinguals. Language and Speech, 1-17.  DOI:10.1177/0023830912442925

Deal-Williams,  V., Crowley, C., Levy, E. S., &  Mahendra, N.(2011). The clinical education of students with  non-native accents. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association  [Professional Issues Statement]. Available at www.asha.org/policy.

Levy, E. S., Goral, M.,  Castelluccio de Diesbach, C., & Law II, F. F. (2011). Stronger accent  following a stroke—the case of a trilingual with aphasia. Clinical  Linguistics and Phonetics, 25, 815-830.

Levy, E. S. & Law II, F.  F. (2010). Production of French vowels by American-English learners of French:  Language experience, consonantal context, and the perception-production  relationship. Journal of the Acoustical  Society of America, 128, 1290-1305.

Goral, M., Levy, E. S., &  Kastl, R. (2010). Cross-language treatment generalization: A case of trilingual  aphasia. Aphasiology, 24, 170-187.

Levy, E. S. (2009a). On the assimilation-discrimination  relationship in American English adults' French vowel learning. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,  126, 2670–2682.

Strange, W., Levy, E. S.,  & Law II, F. F. (2009). Cross-language  categorization of French and German vowels by naïve American listeners. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,  126, 1461-1476.

Levy, E. S. (2009b). Language  experience and consonantal context effects on perceptual assimilation of French  vowels by American-English learners of French. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125, 1138-1152.

Levy, E. S. & Strange, W. (2008). Perception  of French vowels by American English adults with and without French language  experience. Journal of Phonetics, 36, 141-157.

Strange, W.,  Weber, A., Levy, E. S., Shafiro, V.,  Hisagi, M., & Nishi, K. (2007). Acoustic  variability within and across German, French, and American English vowels:  Phonetic context effects. Journal of the  Acoustical Society of America, 122, 1111-1129.

Goral, M., Levy, E.S., Obler, L.K., & Cohen,  E. (2006). Cross-language lexical connections in the mental lexicon: Evidence  from a case of trilingual aphasia. Brain and Language, 98, 235-247.

Goral, M., Levy, E. S., & Obler, L. K. (2002).  Neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism. International Journal  of Bilingualism, 6, 351-380.

Books

Levy, E. S. (2007). Baby’s First  Words (in French), Baby’s First Words (in Spanish), Baby’s First Words (in  Italian), and Baby’s First Words (in Chinese): Series of 4 books and CDs. NY:  Living Language, Random House. (Three of these were originally published as Baby’s  First Steps (in French), Baby’s First Steps (in Spanish), Baby’s First Steps  (in Italian), 2001.)

Book chapter

Levy, E. S., Goral, M., & Obler, L.  K. (2006). Doghouse/chien maison/niche: Compounds in bilinguals. In G. Libben  and Jarema, G. (Eds.), The Representation and Processing of Compound Words (pp.124-144). NY: Oxford University  Press.

Centers and Projects

Speech Production & Perception Lab
Website: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/centers/spplab



Research

Research in the Speech Production and Perception Laboratory examines speech performance in children and adults in English, French, Mandarin, and Spanish, with special emphasis on the motor speech disorder of dysarthria. Under the direction of Erika S. Levy, Ph.D., Associate Professor and trilingual speech-language pathologist, this lab is affiliated with the Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Goals

The goals of our research are to better understand patterns of speech production and perception in individuals with various language backgrounds and to develop remediation strategies, when needed, for increasing their intelligibility.

We aim to recreate natural speech patterns as much as possible within the laboratory setting. A theme of this research has been the investigation of utterances in continuous speech, in which neighboring vowels and consonants affect each other’s pronunciation, as opposed to examining speech sounds in isolation. Our work informs educational and therapeutic approaches to speech learning and disorders in multilingual populations.

Current Projects

1. Effects of Speech Systems Intelligibility Treatment (SSIT) (Levy, 2014) on intelligibility in children with spastic dysarthria due to cerebral palsy. We perform intensive, state-of-the-art speech treatment in a fun, camp-like environment for 3 weeks over the summer as part of a randomized controlled trial. (See flyer above.)

2. Effects of speech treatment (ARTIC Treatment and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD [Ramig et al., 2001]) on intelligibility in American-English speaking adults with hypokinetic dysarthria due to Parkinson’s disease.

3. Effects of LSVT-LOUD (Ramig et al., 2001) on speech intelligibility and speech function in Mandarin-speaking adults with hypokinetic dysarthria due to Parkinson’s disease.

4. Effects of two intensive interventions, Respiratory and LSVT-LOUD (Ramig et al., 2001), on the acoustics and intelligibility of Spanish hypokinetic dysarthria due to Parkinson’s disease.

5. Examination of patterns with which early and late Spanish-English bilingual adults assimilate American English vowels into their native vowel inventory and the accuracy with which they discriminate and identify the vowels.



Erika Levy appeared in the following articles:

Raising Bilingual Children (10/16/2013 5:58:00 PM)

TC's Erika Levy Speaks on Today Show About Benefits of Bilingualism (10/16/2013)

In honor and In memory (4/6/2010)

New Faces (9/7/2005)