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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Soren Y. Lowell

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Communication Sciences and Disorders

1200 621 Skytop


Research and Teaching Interests

Respiratory and phonatory physiology of voice disorders, physiologically-based treatment for voice and swallowing disorders, acoustics, and neural correlates for voice and swallowing related tasks.

To learn more about Dr. Lowell’s research, click here.


  • CSD 657 Voice Disorders
  • CSD 618 Dysphagia
  • CSD 315 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms


Columbia University, B.A., Psychology, 1989
University of Arizona, M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, 1994
University of Arizona, Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Sciences, Minor: Neuroscience, 2005

Recent Publications

  • Mercer, E & Lowell, SY (ePub ahead of print). The Low Mandible Maneuver: preliminary study of its effects on aerodynamic and acoustic measures. Journal of Voice.
  • Lowell, SY, Kelley, RT, Monahan, M, *Hosbach-Cannon, CJ, Colton, RH, & Mihaila, D (ePub ahead of print). The effect of octanoic acid on essential voice tremor: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Laryngoscope.
  • Lowell, SY, Vigil DC, Abdelaziz M, Edmonds K, Goel-Sakhalkar P, Guiberson M, Fleming Hamilton A, Hung P, Lee-Wilkerson D, Miller C, Rivera Perez J, Ramkissoon I, Scott D (2018). Pathways to cultural competence: diversity backgrounds and their influence on career path and clinical care. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, SIG 14, 3(Part 2), 30-39
  • Lowell, SY, Kelley, RT, Busekroos, L, Voleti, RV, Hosbach-Cannon, CJ, Colton, RH, & Mihaila, D (2017). The effect of anchors on reliability of endoscopic tremor ratings. Laryngoscope, 127(2), 411-416.
  • Lowell, SY & Hylkema, JA (2016). The effect of speaking context on spectral- and cepstral-based acoustic features of normal voice. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 30(1), 1-11.
  • Hosbach-Cannon, CJ, Lowell, SY, Kelley, RT, & Colton, RH (2016). A preliminary quantitative comparison of vibratory amplitude using rigid and flexible stroboscopic assessment. Journal of Voice, 30(4), 485-492.
  • Rosenthal, AL, Lowell, SY & Colton, RH (2014). Acoustic and aerodynamic features of vocal effort. Journal of Voice, 28(2), 144-153.
  • Lowell, SY, Colton, RC, Kelley, R, & Mizia, SA (2013). Predictive value and discriminant capacity of cepstral and spectral-based measures during continuous speech. Journal of Voice, 27(4), 393-400.
  • Lowell, SY, Kelley, RT, Awan, SN, Colton, R & Chan, NH (2012). Spectral and cepstral-based acoustic features of dysphonic, strained voice quality. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, 121(8), 539-548.
  • Lowell, SY (2012). The acoustic assessment of voice in continuous speech. Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, 22 (2), 57-63.
  • Lowell, SY, Reynolds, RC, Chen, G, Horwitz, B & Ludlow, CL (2012). Functional connectivity and laterality of the motor and sensory components within the volitional swallowing network. Experimental Brain Research, 219(1), 85-96.
  • Lowell, SY, Kelley, RT, Colton, RC, Smith, PB & Portnoy, JE (2012). Position of the hyoid and larynx in people with muscle tension dysphonia. Laryngoscope, 122, 370-377.
  • Lowell, SY, Colton, RC, Kelley, R, & Hahn, YC (2011). Spectral and cepstral-based measures during continuous speech: capacity to distinguish dysphonia and consistency within a speaker. Journal of Voice 25(5), e223-232.
  • Lowell, SY, Poletto, CJ, Knorr-Chung, BR, Reynolds, RC, Simonyan, K, & Ludlow, CL (2008). Sensory stimulation activates both motor and sensory components of the swallowing system. NeuroImage, 42(1), 285-295.
  • Lowell, SY, Barkmeier-Kraemer, JM, Hoit, JD & Story, BH (2008). Respiratory and laryngeal function during spontaneous speaking in teachers with voice disorders. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 51(2), 333-349.
  • Lowell, SY, & Story, BH (2006). Simulated effects of cricothyroid and thyroarytenoid muscle activation on adult-male vocal fold vibration. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Jul, 120(1), 386-97.
  • Hockensmith, GB, Lowell, SY, & Fuglevand, AJ (2005). Common input across motor nuclei mediating precision grip in humans. Journal of Neuroscience, 25(18), 4560-4564.


Beyond Anything I Had Envisioned

(Nov. 8, 2017)

Gebbie researcher Soren Lowell reflects on her volunteer experiences in South America


  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Syracuse University, 2008-present
  • Voluntary Faculty Assistant Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2009-present
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Laryngeal & Speech Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, 2005-2008
  • Speech-Language Pathologist, Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, 2001-2005
  • Speech-Language Pathologist, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, 1998-2001
  • Speech-Language Pathologist, Healthcare Providers Incorporated, 1997-1998
  • Speech-Language Pathologist, Children's National Medical Center, 1996-1997
  • Speech-Language Pathologist, Carondelet St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Hospitals, 1994-1996

Current Grant-Funded Research

Dr. Lowell is currently recruiting participants for a clinical trial addressing the treatment of essential voice tremor. This project is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). The purpose of this project is to determine the acoustic, perceptual and functional effects of octanoic acid for treatment of essential voice tremor.

Project Title: Effects of octanoic acid for treatment of essential voice tremor. PI: Lowell. Funding Source: NIH, NIDCD. Grant Identifier #: R03DC012429