Eric J. Hunter Ph.D.

Eric Hunter

Associate Professor, CSD Associate Chair, Trifecta Initiative Director

Department
  • Communicative Sciences & Disorders
ejhunter@msu.edu
(517) 884-6778

Biography

Eric Hunter currently serves as the Associate Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders as well as the Director of the Trifecta Initiative (a joint research initiative of the College of Engineering, College of Nursing, and the College of Com Art & Science). Dr. Hunter came to MSU from the National Center for Voice and Speech, where he served as Deputy Executive Director for six years.

For the last 15 years, Dr. Hunter has researched occupational voice use, specifically examining voice disorders in elementary and secondary school teachers. The goal of his current NIH-funded research is to quantify the risk for and recovery from tissue damage, as well as to ascertain why female teachers appear to be at greater risk.

Hunter’s research interests include biomechanics of speech articulators, occupational voice use, biomechanical models of the vocal system, muscle mechanics and muscle models, and signal processing. Broader academic interests include recording techniques, speech perception, musical acoustics and machine recognition of speech.

Dr. Hunter’s expertise on the vocal health of teachers and the aging voice has been consulted in newspaper and television interviews across the United States and Asia, including The New York Times and MSNBC.

Dr. Hunter earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in acoustics and vibration. His master’s thesis, which focused on designing and testing computer-generated visual aids, shifted his interest from general acoustics to speech acoustics. He completed his training in the area of speech science and received his doctorate from the University of Iowa. His dissertation topic used continuum mechanics to model vocal fold posturing. He is married and has three children.

Roles & Responsibilities

Director of Trifecta Initiative
Associate Chair of Department of Comm Sciences and Disorders
Department PhD Program Director

Key Research Interest

Voice Disorders, Occupational Voice Risks, Biomechanical Modeling, Research Recording Techniques

Contact Information

404 Wilson Rd, Room
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

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