Levy, Erika S. (el2248)

Erika Shield Levy

Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders
212-678-6656

Office Location:

1050 Building 528

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

Peer-reviewed papers (published and accepted for publication)

Kabakoff, H., Kharlamenko, J., Levy, E. S., & Levi, S. V. (2021). Differences in perceptual assimilation following training. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America-Express Letters, 1, 045201. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0003863


Levy, E. S., Chang, Y. M.*, Hwang, K. H.*, & McAuliffe, M. J. (2021). Perceptual and acoustic effects of dual-focus speech treatment in children with dysarthria. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1044/2020_JSLHR-20-00301


Moya-Galé, G.*, Keller, B., Escorial, S., & Levy, E. S. (2021). Speech treatment effects on narrative intelligibility in French-speaking children with dysarthria. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Advance online publication.  https://doi.org/10.1044/2020_JSLHR-20-00258


Grover, V., Shafer, V., Campanelli, L., Whalen, D. H., & Levy, E. S. (2021). Perception of American English consonants /v/and /w/ by Hindi speakers of English. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation. https://doi.org/10.1075/jslp.20033.gro [Full Text]


Levy, E. S., Moya-Galé, G., Chang, Y. M., Freeman, K., Forrest, K., Brin, M. F., & Ramig, L. A. (2020). The effects of intensive speech treatment on intelligibility in Parkinson’s disease: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine, 24, 100429. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100429


Carl, M., Kent, R., Levy, E. S., & Whalen, D. (2020). Vowel acoustics and speech intelligibility in young adults with Down Syndrome. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63, 674-687. https://doi.org/10.1044/2019_JSLHR-19-00204 [Full Text]

 

Levy, E. S., Moya-Galé, G., Chang, Y. M., Campanelli, L., MacLeod, A. N., Escorial, S., & Maillart, C. (2020). Effects of speech cues in French-speaking children with dysarthria. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 55(3), 401-416. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12526 [Full Text]


Moya-Galé, G., & Levy, E. S. (2019). Parkinson's disease-associated dysarthria: prevalence, impact and management strategies. Research and Reviews in Parkinsonism, 9, 9-16. https://doi.org/10.2147/JPRLS.S168090


Hsu, S. C., McAuliffe, M., Lin, P., Wu, R. M., & Levy, E. S. (2019). Acoustic and perceptual consequences of speech cues for Mandarin speakers with Parkinson’s disease. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 28, 521-535. https://doi.org/10.1044/2018_AJSLP-18-0020 [Full Text]


Mishra, A., Sheppard, J., Gordon, A., Levy, E. S., & Troche, M. (2019). Voluntary cough and clinical swallow function in children with spastic cerebral palsy and healthy controls. Dysphagia, 34(2), 145-154. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00455-018-9933-4 [Full Text]


Baigorri, M., Campanelli, L., & Levy, E. S. (2019). Perception of American English vowels by early and late Spanish-English bilinguals. Language and Speech, 62(4), 681-700.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830918806933 [Full Text]


Tessel, C., Levy, E. S., Gitterman, M., & Shafer, V. (2018). Neurophysiological indices of the effect of cognates on vowel perception in late Spanish-English bilinguals. Journal of Phonetics, 68, 117-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2018.03.004 [Full Text]


Moya-Galé, G., Goudarzi, A., Bayés, A., McAuliffe, M., Bulté, B., & Levy, E. S. (2018). The effects of intensive speech treatment on conversational intelligibility in Spanish speakers with Parkinson’s disease. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27, 154-165.  https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-17-0032 [Full Text]

 

Levy, E. S., Chang, Y. M., Ancelle, J., & McAuliffe, M. (2017). Acoustic and perceptual consequences of speech cues for children with dysarthria. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 1766-1779. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0274


Hsu, S.-C., Jiao, Y., McAuliffe, M. J. Berisha, V., Wu, R., & Levy, E. S. (2017). Acoustic and perceptual speech characteristics of native Mandarin speakers with Parkinson Disease. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America-Express Letters, 141(3), 293-299. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.4978342


Jiao, Y., Berisha, V., Liss, J., Hsu, S. C., Levy, E. S., & McAuliffe, M. (2016). Articulation entropy: An unsupervised measure of articulatory precision. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Signal Processing Letters, 24(4), 485-489. https://doi.org/10.1109/LSP.2016.2633871 [Full Text]

 

Levy, E. S., Leone, D., Moya-Galé, G., Hsu, S. C., Chen, W., & Ramig, L. O. (2016). Vowel intelligibility in children with dysarthria due to cerebral palsy: An exploratory study. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 37, 171-179. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1525740115618917 [Full Text]

 

Leone, D., & Levy, E. S. (2015). Children's perception of conversational and clear American-English vowels in noise. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 58, 213-226. http://dx.doi.org/10.1044/2015_JSLHR-S-13-0285 [Full Text]

 

Levy, E. S. (2014). Implementing two treatment approaches to childhood dysarthria. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16, 344-354. http://dx.doi.org/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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13554794.2012.667122 [Full Text]

 

Levy, E. S., Ramig, L. O., & Camarata, S. M. (2013). The effects of two speech interventions on speech function in pediatric dysarthria. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 20, 82-87. https://doi.org/10.7916/d8-9wz2-n825 


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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02687038.2012.686103

 

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

 

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


Leone, D., Hsu, S., Baigorri, M., Moya-Galé, G., & Levy, E. S. (2012). Children’s perception of clear-speech vowels. POMA, Acoustical Society of America, 129, 2625. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3588730 [Full Text]


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. http://dx.doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.7916/d8-bmab-4t40 


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. http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/02699206.2011.570408 [Full Text]


Goral, M., Levy, E. S., & Kastl, R. (2010). Cross-language treatment generalization: A case of trilingual aphasia. Aphasiology, 24, 170-187. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2007.07.116


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. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1121/1.3466879 [Full Text]

 

Levy, E. S. (2009a). 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3050256 [Full Text]

 

Levy, E. S. (2009b). On the assimilation-discrimination relationship in American English adults' French vowel learning. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 126, 2670-2682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3224715 [Full Text]


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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3179666 [Full Text]

 

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2007.03.001 [Full Text]

 

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.2749716 [Full Text]

 

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2006.05.004

 

Goral, M., Levy, E. S., & Obler, L. K. (2002). Neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism. International Journal of Bilingualism, 6, 351-380. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/13670069020060040301 


Article in speech-langauge pathology news magazine


Levy, E.S. (2021, January/February). Say it strong and say it again! The ASHA Leader, 26(1), 54-61. https://leader.pubs.asha.org/do/10.1044/leader.FTR2.26012021.54/full/ 


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.

Levy, E. S. (2021). Cross-linguistic approaches to speech treatment for children with cerebral palsy. Senior Scholar Lecture Series, Conference on Multilingual and Multicultural issues in Speech-Language Pathology. Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel (changed to online due to COVID-19). (Invited presentation)


Levy, E.S. (2020). Improving intelligibility and communication in children with dysarthria. Columbia University Seminars in Language and Cognition, New York, NY. (Invited presentation)


Levy, E. S., Chang, Y. M., Hwang, K. H., Yim, H., Shoemaker, S., Irace, S., Hong, E., Giaccone, N., Callahan, K., Brisman, R., Abovich, J., & McAuliffe, M. J. (2020). Dual-focus speech treatment effects on narrative speech in children with dysarthria. Proposal accepted at American Speech, Language and Hearing Annual Convention, San Diego, CA. Convention cancelled due to COVID-19)


Hwang, K. H., Chang, Y. M., Abovich, J., Brisman, R., & Levy, E. S. (2020). Effects of speech cues on acoustic measures in children with dysarthria. Proposal accepted at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Diego, CA. (Convention cancelled due to COVID-19)


Jeong, P. Y., Chang, Y. M., Ihn, B. Y., Ryu, E., Hwang, K. H., Sim, H. S., McAuliffe, M. J., Levy, E. S. (2020). Cross-linguistic study of articulation rate, dysarthria severity, and intelligibility in children with dysarthria. Proposal accepted at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Diego, CA. (convention cancelled).


Levy, E. S. (2020). Expectations and realities in speech-language pathology research. Mentoring Academic-Research Careers (M.A.R.C.), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Online. (Invited presentation)


Levy, E. S. (2020). Advancing treatment for speech communication in individuals with motor speech disorders. Moebius Syndrome Foundation Conference, Minneapolis, MN. (Invited presentation. Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)


Levy, E. S. (2020). Professional development lessons. Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center, Neurolinguistics Lab, New York, NY. (Invited presentation.)


Levy, E.S., Moya-Gale, G., & Fox, C.M. (2020). Webinar on Crosslinguistic exploration of LSVT LOUD for Parkinson’s disease: Is a universal speech treatment approach plausible? New York, NY. (Invited webinar)


Levy, E. S. (2020). From the research lab to the clinic and from the clinic to the research lab. Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Alumni event, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY. (Invited presentation. Postponed due to COVID-19)

 

Levy, E. S., Chang, Y. M., Hwang, K. H., Bahrami, A., Brisman, R., Callahan, K., Cerva, A., Choi, A., Giaccone, N., Hong, E., Kraemer, C., Shoemaker, S., Yim, H., & McAuliffe, M. J. (2020). Effects of dual-focus speech treatment on communication in children with dysarthria. Motor Speech Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.


Moya-Galé, G., Escorial, S., Bergeron, M.-C., Harrison, S. & Levy, E. S. (2020). Examining intelligibility and naturalness changes in French-speaking children with Cerebral Palsy: A small-scale randomized controlled trial. Motor Speech Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.


Chang, Y. M., Jeong, P.-Y., Ryu, E., Ihn, B.-Y., Hwang, K. H., Sim, H. McAuliffe, M. J., & Levy, E. S. (2020). Acoustical and perceptual consequences of speech cues in Korean-speaking children with cerebral palsy. Motor Speech Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.


Levy, E. S., & Hwang, K. H. (2020). Advancing speech communication research in Moebius Syndrome. Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. (Invited presentation)


Levy, E. S., Moya-Galé, G., Chang, M. Y., Forrest, K. M., & Ramig, L. O. (2019). Associating sound pressure level with intelligibility changes in Parkinson’s disease following intensive speech treatment. American Speech, Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.


Ramig, L. O., Levy, E. S., Chang, M. Y., Moya-Galé, G., & Forrest, K. M. (2019). The relationship between sound pressure level and speech intelligibility in Parkinson’s Disease following intensive speech treatment: LSVT LOUD and LSVT ARTIC. International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, Nice, France.


Levy, E. S., & Hwang, K. H. (2019). Implementing Speech Intelligibility Treatment for individuals with Moebius and other facial weakness syndromes. Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. (Invited presentation)
 

Kharlemenko, J., Kabakoff, H., Levy, E. S., & Levi, S. V. (2019). Changes to perceptual assimilation following training. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Louisville, KY.


Levy, E. S. (2018).  Implementing Speech Intelligibility Treatment for children with dysarthria. American Speech, Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Boston, MA.

  

Chang, M. Y., Hwang, K. H., Zhong, S., Renieris, S., McAuliffe, M., & Levy, E. S. (2018). Effects of dual-focus speech treatment on intelligibility and acoustics in children with dysarthria. American Speech, Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Boston, MA.


Moya-Galé, G., & Levy, E. S. (2018). Internationalizing treatment research in motor speech disorders: A small scale randomized controlled trial across borders. American Speech, Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Boston, MA.


Levy, E. S. (2018). Evidence-based treatment approaches for motor speech disorders in monolingual and bilingual children. New York State Speech Language Hearing Association Fall Workshop, New York, NY.


Grover, V., Shafer, V., Whalen, D. H., Levy, E. S., & Kakadelis, S. (2018) Do Hindi Speakers of English Realize the Acoustic Cues for American English /v-w/ contrast? Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143 (3), 1756-1757.


Levy, E. S., Moya-Galé, G., Chang, Y. M., Forrest, K., & Ramig, L. O. (2018). The effects of intensive voice treatment on intelligibility in Parkinson Disease: a randomized controlled trial. Motor Speech Conference, Savannah, GA.


Levy, E. S, Moya-Galé, G., Romero Gomez, L., Chang, Y. M., MacLeod, A.N., Majdalani, S., Della Posta, N., Innes, M., Nesbitt, A., St. Louis, K., & Maillart, C. (2018). Perceptual consequences of speech cues in French-speaking children with dysarthria. Motor Speech Conference, Savannah, GA.


Chang, Y. M., Hwang, K. H., Renieris, S., Zhong, S., Noorani, M., Liria, L., Ryu, E., Cilien, J., Della Posta, N., McAuliffe, M., & Levy, E. S. (2017).  Effects of treatment targeting articulatory working space and vocal intensity on intelligibility in children with cerebral palsy. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA.


Carl, M., Kent, R., Levy, E. S., & Whalen, D. (2017). Vowel production in Down Syndrome - An ultrasound study. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA.


Grover, V. Shafer, V., Levy, E. S., & Whalen, D. H. (2017). Hindi speakers' Production of the American English /v-w/ contrast: Evidence from goodness rating task. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA.


Baigorri, M., & Levy, E. S. (2017). Early and late Spanish-English bilingual adults’ identification of American English vowels. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(5), 3516.


Chang, Y. M., Eldib, S., Brown, A., Dautzenberg, D., Della-Posta, N., Horne, S., Hwang, K. H., Majdalani, S., Vallone, C., Wiley, A., McAuliffe, M. J., & Levy, E. S. (2017). Acoustic consequences of speech treatment in children with cerebral palsy. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(5), 3840.


Grover, V., Shafer, V., Whalen, D. H., & Levy, E. S. (2017). Effects of first language phonology on second language phonology in Hindi speakers of English. International Composium on Communication Disorders in Multilingual-Multicultural Populations of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP), Bremen, Germany.


Grover, V., Shafer, V., Whalen, D. H., & Levy, E. S. (2017). Perception and production of American English consonants /v/ and /w/ by Hindi speakers of English. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(5), 3516.


Levy, E. S., Moya-Galé, G., Hopf, R., Chang, Y. M., Forrest, K., & Ramig, L. O. (2016). Effects of sound-pressure-level changes on sentence-intelligibility in adults with Parkinson Disease following two treatment approaches. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.


Ancelle, J., Moya-Galé, G., Hetrick, B., Maillart, C., Coen, J., MacLeod, A., Deschenes, R., Majdalani, S., & Levy, E. S. (2016). Speech style manipulations in dysarthria in French-speaking children: Acoustic findings. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA. 

 

Baigorri, M., & Levy, E. S. (2016). Predicting discrimination accuracy from perceptual assimilation patterns in early and late Spanish-English bilinguals. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA. 


Chang, M., McAuliffe, M., Eldib, S., & Levy, E. S. (2016). Effects of treatment targeting articulatory-working-space and vocal-intensity in children with cerebral palsy: Acoustic findings. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA. 


Hsu, S. C., McAuliffe, M., & Levy, E. S. (2016). The contributions of speech acoustics to speech intelligibility in native Mandarin-speakers with Parkinson’s disease. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA. 


MacLeod, A. A. N., Maillart, C., Ancelle, J. Hetrick, B., Moya-Galé, G., & Levy, E. S. (2016). Speech characteristic of French-speaking children with dysarthria: Pilot study. Conference of the International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Association Meeting, Halifax, Canada.


Pennington, L., Morgan, A., Levy, E. S., Liegeois, F., & Murray, E. (2016). Motor speech disorders in childhood: diagnosis, assessment and management. International Conference on Cerebral Palsy and other Childhood-onset Disabilities. Stockholm, Sweden.


Levy, E. S., Chang, Y. M., Ancelle, J., & McAuliffe, M. (2016). Speech-style manipulations in childhood dysarthria. Motor Speech Conference, Newport Beach, CA.


Hsu, S. C., McAuliffe, M., & Levy, E. S. (2016). Effects of loudness and rate manipulations on lexical tone production in Mandarin speakers with dysarthria associated with Parkinson’s disease. Motor Speech Conference, Newport Beach, CA.


Moya-Galé, G., McAuliffe, M., & Levy, E. S. (2016). Effects of loudness and speaking rate manipulation on vowel production in Spanish speakers with Parkinson Disease. Motor Speech Conference, Newport Beach, CA.


Ramig, L. A., Levy, E. S., Fox, C. M., Halpern, A., Spielman, J., Moya-Galé, G., & Goudarzi, A. (2015). Impact of LSVT LOUD and LSVT ARTIC on speech intelligibility in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 30, Suppl 1, S112.


Moya-Galé, G., Baigorri, M., & Levy, E. S. (2015). The effects of intensive speech treatment on intelligibility in Spanish speakers with Parkinson's Disease, American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Denver, CO. 


Moya-Galé, G., Hetrick, B., Ancelle, J., & Levy, E. S. (2015). The effects of speech intervention on intelligibility in children with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Symposium, Louvain, Belgium. (Invited presentation)


Featured speaker on Neurolinguistics Panel: Languages in the Brain: Multilingualism, Linguistic Development, and Language Education, Columbia Neuroscience Society, Columbia University (Oct., 2015). (Invited presentation)


Ramig, L. A., Levy, E. S., Fox, C. M., Halpern, A., Spielman, J., Moya-Galé, G., Goudarzi, A. (2015). Impact of LSVT LOUD and LSVT ARTIC on speech intelligibility in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders.


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 

 

Levy, E. S., & Ramig, L. O. (2014). Randomized clinical trial (RCT): Voice and speech treatment for Parkinson Disease. Columbia University Medical Center: Neurology symposium. (Invited presentation)

 

Shen, G., Levy, E. S., & Froud, K. (2014). Perceptual learning of lexical tones by native speakers of English. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 135, 2353-2354.


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


Ramig, L. O., Fox, C., Spielman, J., Halpern, A., Freeman, K., Levy, E. S., Moya-Galé, G., & Seid, E. (2014). Randomized control trial (RCT) of voice and speech treatment for Parkinson disease. Motor Speech Conference, Saratoga, FL.


Levy, E. S. (2013). Managing academia in speech-language-hearing sciences. 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)


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. (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-Galé, G., & Levy, E. S. (2011). Children’s perception of clear-speech vowels. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129, 2625. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4772393


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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3384821


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, C., & 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, 2772-2773. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4808761


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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4784666


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. CUNY Graduate Center, Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Speech Acoustics and Perception Lab, New York, NY. (Invited presentation)


Levy, E. S. (2007) Navigating research in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center, Neurolinguistics Lab, New York, NY. (Invited presentation)

 

Levy, E. S. (2006). Consonantal context and experience effects on American L2-learners’ perception of French vowels. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 119, 3424.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4786862


Strange, W., Levy, E. S., & Lehnhoff Jr., R. (2004). Perceptual assimilation of French and German vowels by American English listeners: Acoustic similarity does not predict perceptual similarity. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 115, 2606. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4809341


Goral, M., Cohen, E., Obler, L. K., & Levy, E. S. (2003). Inter-Language Activation in Trilingual Anomia. Science of Aphasia (4th), Trieste, Italy.


Levy, E. S., & Strange, W. (2002). Effects of consonantal context on perception of French rounded vowels by American English adults with and without French language experience. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 111, 2361-2362. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4777957


Strange, W., Weber, A., Levy, E. S., Shafiro, V., & Nishi, K. (2002). Within- and across-language acoustic variability of vowels spoken in different phonetic and prosodic contexts: American English, Northern German, and Parisian French. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 112, 2384. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4779701


Levy, E. S., Goral, M., & Obler, L. K. (1999). Neurolinguistic perspectives on mother tongue: Evidence from aphasia and brain imaging. Les cahiers Charles V, 27, 141-157.


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.

American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association Fellow (7/2020)

“Fellowship is one of the highest forms of recognition given by ASHA of an individual’s accomplishments and is public declaration of outstanding professional achievements.” (ASHA)


ASHA Certificate of Appreciation (12/2018)

In recognition of valuable contributions to ASHA and the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.


Levy et al. paper in JSLHR Selected for Research Tuesday, ASHA, PI (6/2017)


Clinical Practice Research Institute award, ASHA (2010-11)


Lessons for Success: Developing Emerging Scientist Award (2010)

ASHA/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders 


Outstanding Teacher Award (2006)

Teachers College, Columbia University


Children’s Media Award (2001)

For Baby’s First Steps series of books, Parents’ Guide      


Louis Levine Prize (1997)

For paper “Stress, identity, and change in German surface forms.” NYU

Interdisciplinary Preparation Grant, US Department of Education (5/20-4/25) 

$1,240,590                                    

“Columbia Collaborate: Cross-disciplinary opportunities to improve communication outcomes”, OSEP, H325K190018 

Role: PI (Co-PI: Hartman)


Loan Repayment Program, National Institutes of Health (7/20-6/22)

$33,450 

Acoustic predictors of intelligibility changes in childhood dysarthria 7/15-6/17

Role: PI


Clinical Research Grant, American Speech, Language, Hearing Foundation (12/19-12/21)

$75,000   

“Predictors of intelligibility changes in children with cerebral palsy” 

Role: PI


Provost’s Investment Fund, Teachers College, Columbia University (9/17-6/18)

$20,000   

TC Teletherapy Connection” 

Role: Collaborator (PI: Wang)


Dean’s Competitive Grant, Teachers College, Columbia University (3/17-8/18)

$ 5,000

Increasing intelligibility in French-speaking children with cerebral palsy”

Role: PI


Global Investment Fund, Teachers College, Columbia University (7/14-2/16)

$8,000

“International Cerebral Palsy Speech Treatment Research”

Role: PI


Provost’s Investment Fund, Teachers College, Columbia University (9/08-6/09)

$6,000

“Survey of policies and practices regarding SLP students with accents”

Role: PI


Dean’s Competitive Grant, Teachers College, Columbia University (6/07-8/07)

$6,500

“American-English speakers’ production of second-language French vowels”

Role: PI


Pre-Doctoral Research Service Grant, National Institutes of Health - NIH (9/03-8/04)

$19,968  

Grant #1F31DC006530-01

“Perception of French Vowels by Americans Learning French”

Role: PI


Mina Rees Dissertation Fellowship in the Sciences, City University of NY (9/03-5/04)

$10,000   

“Perception of second-language French vowels”

Role: PI


Science Fellowship, City University of NY (9/97-5/00)

$36,000  

For doctoral studies in Speech and Hearing Sciences

Role: PI

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Traveling with young children – even as young as six months old — can also help them with linguistic development, said Erika Levy, an associate professor in communication sciences and disorders at Teachers College at Columbia University.

“We know that in terms of language, babies perceive sounds differently from adults. As they get older... they lose the ability to distinguish many of the other speech sounds,” said Levy. “If we surround them with speech sounds from all around the world... then we are keeping those categories going, which helps later on in life with their language.”

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When it comes to the best time to teach your baby a second language, Erika Levy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Teachers College, Columbia University says, "The earlier the better! Even within the first 6 months of life, babies become keenly aware of the speech sounds in the languages that surround them."

Dr. Levy explains to Romper that the best time to begin teaching your baby a second language is before the one year mark. "After the first year or so, it becomes much more difficult for them to 'hear' the many vowels and consonants that don't exist in the language(s) they are surrounded by (i.e., in a non-native language)," she says. "Their perceptual differences from native speakers of the language will become evident in their accents when they later try to speak that non-native language. Some of these perceptual changes may be reversible, but the timeline for native-like pronunciation is very early and differs depending on the speech sounds and languages in question — perhaps by age 3 or 5, but certainly before puberty for most people. Other aspects of language (vocabulary, grammar, etc.) are also developed best early, probably by puberty for most people."

Interview With Dr. Erika Levy of Columbia University

Erika S. Levy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor of CSD at Teachers College, Columbia University.  Her research focuses on treatment efficacy for increasing intelligibility in English-, French- and Korean-speaking children with the motor speech disorder of dysarthria due to cerebral palsy, as well as in English-, Spanish-, and Mandarin-speaking individuals with dysarthria due to Parkinson’s Disease or other neuromotor disorders. Dr. Levy is a trilingual speech-language pathologist and worked as pronunciation coach for Big Bird and Elmo of Sesame Street.

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Erika Levy, Ph.D., and assistant professor of speech and language pathology at Columbia University Teachers College, New York City, recently told a website, "Kids this age (2-3) are developing language skills rapidly, and they quickly absorb whatever they hear. They can learn to understand new words in two different languages at an incredibly fast rate."

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Can children as young as 2 or 3 learn two languages at once?

They absorb whatever they hear, according to Erika Levy, who teaches speech and language pathology at Columbia University Teachers College in New York City. And 3-year-olds are at the age where they mimic what they see.

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"Kids this age are developing language skills rapidly, and they quickly absorb whatever they hear," says Erika Levy, Ph.D., assistant professor of speech and language pathology at Columbia University Teachers College, in New York City. "They can learn to understand new words in two different languages at an incredibly fast rate." And you don't need to enroll your child in formal language classes to hear her repeat words and songs in a new tongue -- just listen in when she's watching television shows like Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go! and Sesame Street, which teach basic Spanish words to the preschool set. Lots of parents are also supplementing this elementary knowledge with bilingual books, toys, and CDs.

CP Speech Camp Video

Professor Levy's Cerebral Palsy (CP) Speech Camp is a free, fun 3-week speech treatment program in a summer camp environment in which children with CP receive Speech Intelligibility Treatment. (See Levy et al., 2017, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research).

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