Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Marisha Speights Atkins

Marisha Speights Atkins

Marisha Speights Atkins

Contact

1106 Haley Center
(334) 844-9634
mls0096@auburn.edu
Lab Website

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Cincinnati, 2016
  • M.S. Tennessee State University, 2005
  • B.S. College of Charleston, 1993

Office Hours

  • By appointment

About Marisha Speights Atkins
Assistant Professor

Marisha Speights Atkins, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a translational researcher focused on applying the acoustic analysis of speech in the assessment of child speech sound disorders. Dr. Speight Atkins interest in research comes from her clinical experiences assessing and treating children with speech disorders. Her current research focuses on the development and translation of innovative acoustic-based tools for assessing speech production, speech intelligibility and expressive language disorders in preschool age children. She works in collaboration with computer science and software engineers to research and develop computer-based approaches for identifying speech production differences between children who acquire speech according to expected developmental trajectories and those with speech sound disorders that affect intelligibility. She was the recipient of an NIH pre-doctoral grant funded to investigate innovative acoustic tools for neuroscience. She has continued to develop automated tools to aid in the assessment of child speech disorders with an Innovation Award from Auburn University’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development Internal Grant Program.

Major Research areas

  • Pediatric speech development and disorders
  • Pediatric speech acoustics
  • The use of acoustic vocal biomarker detection for assessment and monitoring of articulatory change in young children
  • Quantitative measures of speech intelligibility

Classes Taught

  • CMDS 7990 Research & Thesis
  • CMDS 7860 Speech Science
  • CMDS 7510 Advanced Articulation/Phonological Disorder
  • CMDS 7480 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • CMDS 4930 Directed Study
  • CMDS 4510 Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • CMDS 3410 Phonetics
  • CMDS 3000 Introduction to Speech Pathology and Audiology

Recent Publications and Presentations

Publications

Speights Atkins, M., Bailey, D. J., Boyce, S.E. (2020). Speech Exemplar and Evaluation Database (SEED) for clinical training in articulatory phonetics and speech science. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2020.1743761

Seals, C., Li, S. Speights Atkins, M., Bailey, D., Jueting, L. Cao, Y., Bassey, R. (2020). Applied web services platform supported through Modified Edit Distance Algorithm: Automated Phonetic Transcription Grading Tool (APTgt), HCII 2020, Part1, Book: Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Designing, Developing and Deploying Learning Experiences; Chapter No: 29, Springer. Chapter DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-50513-4_29

Li, S., Speights Atkins, M., Bailey, D., Liu, J., Cao, Y., Bassy, R., and Seals, C. D. (2020) Software engineering to develop online phonetics educational training: Interdisciplinary Research In Communications Sciences and Disorders and Software Engineering To Develop Online Phonetics Educational Training Modules, American Society of Engineering Education ASEE-SE.org, March 2020, Auburn, AL, 12 pages. http://www.asee-se.org/proceedings/ASEE2020/papers2020/30.pdf

Speights Atkins, M., Boyce, S, MacAuslan, J., Silbert, N. (2019). Computer-assisted syllable complexity analysis of continuous speech as a measure of child speech disorder. In Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain & Paul Warren (eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019 (pp.1103-1107 ) Canberra, Australia: Australian Speech Science and Technology Association. https://assta.org/proceedings/ICPhS2019Microsite/pdf/full-paper_465.pdf

Speights Atkins, M., Seals, C., Bailey, D. J. (2019) At the intersection of applied sciences: Integrated learning models in computer science and software engineering and communication disorders. Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal, 11(1), 37-43. http://new.seceij.net/articletype/winter-2019-from-the-editors/

Speights Atkins, M., Washington, K., Silbert, N., MacAuslan, J., Tuhohy, S., Blades, R., ... & Swanson, K. (2017). Towards automated detection of similarities and differences in bilingual speakers. In Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 174ASA (Vol. 31, No. 1, p. 060006). https://asa.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1121/2.0000982

Boyce, S., Speights, M. L., Ishikawa, K., MacAuslan, J. (2013) SpeechMark Acoustic Landmark Tool: Application to Voice Pathology. (2013). In INTERSPEECH (pp. 2672-2674). Lyon, France. Retrieved from http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/interspeech_2013/i13_2672.html

Presentations

Li, S., Speights Atkins, M. Bailey, D. J., Liu, J., Cao, J., Bassy, R., Seals, C (accepted) Interdisciplinary Research in Communications Sciences and Disorders and Software Engineering to Develop Online Phonetics Educational Training Modules. ASEE-SE 2020 American Society of Engineering Education - South Eastern, Auburn, AL (2020, March). 

Bailey, D.J, Whitfield, J, Dromey, C. Speights, M. (2020, February). The Role of Mental Simulation in Speech Motor Learning, Motor Speech, Santa Barbara, CA.

Speights Atkins, M., Willoughby, K., & Weaver, A. (2019, November).  Towards an explanatory child speech intelligibility test using phonetically contrasted words, American Speech Language and Hearing Association National Convention Orlando, FL.

Speights Atkins, M., MacAuslan,J., Brooks, A., Hanner, E., Fan, S., Zhai,Y., & Galliard, P. (2019, November). Computerized Triage Screening Tool for Early Detection of Speech Sound Disorders In Children, American Speech Language and Hearing Association National Convention Orlando, FL.

Speights Atkins, M., Seals, C., Bailey, D.J. (2019, August). Fostering undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary research in communications sciences and disorders and software engineering to develop online phonetics training modules, SENCER Summer Institute (SSI), Case Western, OH

Speights Atkins, M., Seals, C., Bailey, D.J. (2018, August). The Automated Phonetic Transcription Grading Tool: Where computer science meets clinical problem solving in communication disorders, SENCER Summer Institute (SSI), Santa Clara, CA

Speights, M. L., Ishikawa, K., Boyce, S, MacAuslan, J., Fell, H., Ungruhe, J., Longpre, K. (2015, November). automatic syllabic cluster of children’s speech data to identify speech-disorders, American Speech Language and Hearing Association National Convention Denver, CO.

Poster Presentations

Bailey, D.J, Whitfield, J, Dromey, C. Speights, M. (accepted). The Role of Mental Simulation in Speech Motor Learning, Motor Speech, Santa Barbara, CA (February, 2020)

Speights Atkins, M., Willoughby, K., Livio, J., & Weaver, A. (2019, November). Crowdsourcing for Ecologically Valid Recruitment of Research Participants for Child Intelligibility Studies, American Speech Language and Hearing Association National Convention Orlando, FL.

Bennett, A., Robinson, J., Speights Atkins, M. (2019, November). Mixed-Methods analysis of student phonetic transcription confidence, American Speech Language and Hearing Association National Convention Orlando, FL.

Speights Atkins, M., Weaver, A., Seals, C., Bowling, C., & Holm, B. (2019, August). Developing a model of SENCERized labs at Auburn University, SENCER Summer Institute (SSI), Case Western, OH.

Speights Atkins, M., Bailey, D.J. (November, 2018) Increasing student confidence in transcription using an automated phonetic transcription grading, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA. 

Speights Atkins, M., Bailey, D. J., Willoughby, K., MacGraw, M., Montalvo, M. (2018, November).  Speech Exemplar & Evaluation Database for Teaching, S.E.E.D., American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA.

Speights, M., Gilbert, K. D., MacAuslan, J., & Goldhor, R. (2018). Automated episode selection of child continuous speech via blind source extraction. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(3), 1964-1964.

Speights, M., Silbert, N. H., MacAuslan, J., Blades, R., Maya, D., Swanson, K., ... & Washington, K. (2017). Towards automated detection of similarities and differences in bilingual speakers. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 142(4), 2727-2727.

Speights, M., Boyce, S. E., MacAuslan, J., & Silbert, N. H. (2017). Automated analysis of syllable complexity in children as an indicator of speech disorder. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(5), 3837-3837.

Speights, M., Ishikawa, K., Boyce, S. E., & MacAuslan, J. (2017). Automated screening for speech disorders using acoustic landmark detection. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(5), 3837-3837.

Speights, M., Boyce, S., MacAuslan, J., Ishikawa, K., Fell, H., and Ungruhe, J. (May, 2015). Measurement of child speech complexity using acoustic landmark detection. Acoustical Society of America. Pittsburgh, PA.

Speights, M. & Boyce, S. (2014, October). Usability of speechmark for teaching speech acoustics. Acoustical Society of America, Indianapolis, IN.

Ishikawa, K., Speights, M. L., Boyce, S, MacAuslan, and J. (2014, May) Intelligibility in dysphonic speech Landmark-based measures. Acoustical Society of America, Providence, RI.

Published Web Applications

Speights Atkins, M., Livio, J., Tran, B., & Willoughby, K. E. (2019). Intelliturk: Speech Intelligibility Perception Study Platform for Amazon Mechanical Turk. https://intelliturk.auburn.edu/About

Speights Atkins, M., Boyce, S. E., & Willoughby, K. E. (2018). SEED-Speech Exemplars and Evaluation Database. http://www.cla.auburn.edu/cmdstechlab/software-resources/seed-speech-exemplars-and-evaluation-database/

Selected Recent State/Regional Presentations

Speights Atkins, M., Bailey D.J., Seals., C,  Robertson B., Burns, P.,  Cao, Y., Landrum, M., Li, G. Li, S., Ward, A., Yang, Y. (2018, January). Improving learning outcomes in phonetic transcription using automated software tools. Poster presented at the Conversations in Celebration of Teaching at Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

Bailey, D. J., Speights, M., Dromey, C., Whitefield, J., Collins, H. (2018, October). Mental Rehearsal and Speech Motor Learning,  Auburn University Faculty Research Symposium, Auburn, AL.

Speights, M., Gilbert, K., MacAuslan, J. (2018,October).  Automated Segmentation of Child Continuous Speech Samples via Blind Source Extraction, Auburn University Faculty Research Symposium, Auburn, AL.

Speights, M. (2017, October) Towards Automated Analysis of Syllable Complexity as an Indicator of Speech Disorder, Auburn University Faculty Research Symposium, Auburn, AL

Ungruhe, J., Speights, M., Boyce, S. (March 2016). Automated Measure of Intelligibility in Individuals with Down Syndrome.  University of Cincinnati 18th Annual PRaISE Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

Ungruhe, J., Speights, M., Boyce, S. (March 2016). Automated Measure of Intelligibility in Individuals with Down Syndrome.  Ohio Speech Language and Hearing Association, Columbus, OH.

Grants awarded

Mental Imagery and Speech Motor Learning

Auburn University Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) Seed grant, 2018-2020
Principal Investigator: Dallin Bailey
Co-Investigator: Marisha Speights Atkins
Date of submission: November 2017
Amount Awarded: $7,952

Improving Student Learning Outcomes in Phonetic Transcription Using Automated Software Tools

Daniel F. Breeden Endowed Grant, 2017-2018
Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teach and Learning, and the Office of the Provost, Auburn University.
Principal investigators: Marisha Speights Atkins and Dallin J. Bailey
Date of submission:  November 2016
Amount awarded. $8,000

Automatic Landmark Detection as a Measure of Child Speech Disorder

Auburn University Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development (OVPRED), College of Liberal Arts, and Department of Communication Disorders
Innovation Grant, 2017-2019
Principal Investigator: Marisha Speights Atkins
Co-I: Dallin Bailey
Date of Submission: November 2016
Amount Awarded: $80,000

Innovative Speech Articulation Tools for Neuroscience Research

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, 2011-2015.
U.S. National Institutes of Health 3R44DC010104-03S1, Awarded supplement to NIH Parent Grant: 5R44DC010104-04
Principal Investigator: Rich Goldhor
Co-Investigator: Marisha Speights
Date of submission: June 2011
Amount Awarded: $150,000

Last Updated: June 26, 2020