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Megan MacPherson, Ph.D, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Phone:
(850) 644-8465
Office:
CC1 512

Education

  • Ph.D., Speech Science and Gerontology, Purdue University
  • M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, Central Michigan University
  • B.S., Communication Disorders, Central Michigan University
Professional Credentials
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • License in Speech-Language Pathology, State of Florida

Research Interests

Speech Motor Control, Aging, and Neurologic Disorders; Neuromotor Processes Involved in Speech Production; Effects of Aging and Neurologic Disease (e.g., Parkinson Disease) on Speech Motor Control; Influences of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Autonomic Nervous System Factors on the Speech Motor System; Interactions of Age- and Disease-Related Changes Across Cognitive, Linguistic, Autonomic, and Motor Functions; Physiologic Measures (e.g., Kinematic, Electromyographic, and Psychophysiological) of Speech Function

Teaching Interests

Acquired Communication Disorders, Acquired Neurolinguistic and Cognitive Disorders, Aging and Communication, Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism, Motor Control, Motor Speech Disorders, Neurological Basis of Communication, Research Methods in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Speech Science

Publications & Research

Publications
  • MacPherson, M. K., Abur, D., & Stepp, C. E. (2017). Acoustic measures of voice and physiologic measures of autonomic arousal during speech as a function of cognitive load. Journal of Voice, 31(4), 504.e1-504.e9. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2016.10.021
  • Francis, A.L., MacPherson, M. K., Chandrasekaran, B., & Alvar, A. (2016). Autonomic nervous system responses during perception of masked speech may reflect constructs other than subjective listening effort. Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (Article 263), 1-15. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00263
  • Arnold, H., MacPherson, M. K., & Smith, A. (2014). Autonomic correlates of speech versus nonspeech tasks in children and adults. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, 1296-1307. doi:10.1044/2014_JSLHR-S-12-0265
  • Kaganovich, N., Kim, J., Herring, C., Schumaker, J., MacPherson, M. K., & Weber-Fox, C. (2013). Musicians show general enhancement of complex sound encoding and better inhibition of irrelevant auditory change in music: An ERP study. European Journal of Neuroscience, 37, 1295-1307. doi:10.1111/ejn.12110
  • Kemmerer, D., Miller, L., MacPherson, M. K., Huber, J., & Tranel, D. (2013). An investigation of semantic similarity judgments about action and non-action verbs in Parkinson's disease: Implications for the Embodied Cognition Framework. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 1-19. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00146
  • MacPherson, M. K., & Smith, A. (2013). Influences of sentence length and syntactic complexity on the speech motor control of children who stutter. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56, 89-102. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2012/11-0184)
  • MacPherson, M. K., Huber, J. E., & Snow, D. P. (2011). The intonation-syntax interface in the speech of individuals with Parkinson's disease. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 19-32. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2010/09-0079)
  • Sheffert, S., MacPherson, M. K., & Wilson, M. (2003). The influence of multimodality, talker variability, and noise on immediate serial recall. Cognitive Technology, 8(2), 42-50.
Selected Presentations
  • MacPherson, M. K., Abur, D., Shembel, A. C., & Stepp, C. E. (2017, June). Autonomic and acoustic measures during speech as a function of cognitive load in healthy older adults. Poster presentation at the 46th Annual Symposium of the Voice Foundation, Philadelphia, PA.
  • MacPherson, M. K., Cardoso, H., & Stebbins, K. (2016, November). Effect of cognitive load during speech production on articulatory dynamics. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • MacPherson, M. K., Palenzuela, N., & Patel, S. (2016, November). Perioral surface electromyographic measures of the Stroop effect. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • MacPherson, M. K., & Stepp, C. E. (2016, June). Relationships between acoustic measures of voice and physiologic measures of autonomic arousal during a cognitively demanding speech task. Oral presentation at the 45th Annual Symposium of the Voice Foundation, Philadelphia, PA.
  • MacPherson, M. K., Obrochta, S., & Smith, A. (2015, November). Developmental interactions of articulatory motor function and linguistic demands: Longitudinal findings. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Denver, CO.
  • MacPherson, M. K., Patel, S., & Palenzuela, N. (2015, November). Comparison of maximum effort tasks for the normalization of perioral electromyographic data. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Denver, CO.
  • MacPherson, M. K., Michener, C. M., & Stepp, C. E. (2015, May). Effects of a cognitively demanding speech task on spectral-cepstral features of voice in healthy young adults. Poster presentation at the 44th Annual Symposium of the Voice Foundation with the International Association of Phonosurgery, Philadelphia, PA.
  • MacPherson, M. K. (2014, November). Effects of age and cognitive load on orofacial muscle activity during speech production. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Orlando, FL.
  • MacPherson, M. K., Knowles, H., & Shoiock, D. (2014, November). Articulatory dynamics as a function of cognitive load in younger and older adults. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Orlando, FL.
  • MacPherson, M. K., & Smith, A. (2014, February). Age-related differences in the effects of cognitive demand on speech motor control. Poster presentation at the Seventeenth Biennial Conference on Motor Speech, Sarasota, FL.
  • MacPherson, M. K., & Smith, A. (2014, February). Autonomic relations to speech motor control in younger and older adults. Oral presentation at the Seventeenth Biennial Conference on Motor Speech, Sarasota, FL.
  • Francis, A. L., MacPherson, M. K., Chandrasekaran, B., Alvar, A. M., & Llanos, F. (2013, December). Psychophysiological indices of effortful listening in younger and older adults. Oral presentation at the 166th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Francisco, CA.
  • MacPherson, M. K., & Smith, A. (2013, November). Cognitive load impacts speech motor control processes. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.
  • MacPherson, M. K., & Smith, A. (2013, November). Physiological indices of potential interactions between the autonomic nervous system and the speech motor system. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.

Grants & Awards

Selected Funding and  Awards
  • Committee on Faculty Research Support Grant -- Council on Research and Creativity, Florida State University (Awarded 2015)
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Materials Grant -- Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement, Florida State University (Awarded 2015)
  • Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award -- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Awarded 2015)
  • Award for Continuing Education -- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Awarded 2015)
  • Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Award -- National Institutes of Health (Awarded 2014)
  • Editor's Award -- Speech Section, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (Awarded 2014)
  • New Investigators Research Grant -- American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (Awarded 2014)
  • Faculty Travel Grant -- Office of the Provost, Florida State University (Awarded 2014)
  • First Year Assistant Professor Award -- Council on Research and Creativity, Florida State University (Awarded 2014)
  • Meritorious Poster Submission in Motor Speech -- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Awarded 2013)
  • Award for Continuing Education -- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Awarded 2012)