Motor Speech Disorders – Mary Andrianopoulos, PhD – University of Massachusetts Amherst


Our research shows that children with Down Syndrome exhibit underlying motor speech impairments that are neurologic in nature. A motor speech impairment can interfere with one’s ability to interact and communicate with others, learn activity in school and carry out daily activities.

Dr. Mary Andrianopoulos is an Associate Professor of Communication Disorders at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Her research interests are motor speech disorders, voice disorders and autism. She conducts research on individuals with neurodevelopmental and acquired neurologic communication disorders to better understand the underlying motor programming, motor planning, motor execution and motor coordination abilities of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning disabilities, dysarthria, and Apraxia of Speech (AOS). I also study the symptom complex, Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement (PVFM) in children, athletes and adults.  Dr.  Andrianopoulos also studies the acoustic perceptual features of speech among individuals with ASD, from culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and among those with motor speech and voice disorders. Learn more about Dr. Mary Andrianopoulos here.