Nicole Etter, Ph.D., CCC/SLP

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Assistant Professor

Contact Information

404C Ford Building
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-8133


Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2014

Research Interests

The use of auditory (hearing) and somatosensation (touch) to produce clear speech in adults with and without neurologic injury or disease. My work focuses on how to 1) assess changes in touch sensation through the development of unique protocols, 2) identify ways to improve sensation through training, and 3) find means of adapting our therapy paradigms to compensate for any declines in sensation to maintain clear communication in adults. For more information or to volunteer for studies, please visit:

Examples of Collaborative Projects

I currently collaborate with researchers in the Department of Food Science and researchers in the Department of Kinesiology.

Selected Publications

Etter, N.M., Dressler, E.M.V, McKeon, P.O. and Andreatta R.D. (2017) Aging effects on somatosensory perception and fine force control in the adult human orofacial system. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 3: 1-14

Etter, N.M., O.M. Miller, K.J. Ballard. (2017). Clinically Available Assessment Measures for Lingual and Labial Somatosensation in Healthy Adults: Normative Data and Test Reliability. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 26(3) 982-990.

Etter, N.M., Van Meter, E.M., & Andreatta, R.D. (2016). The Relationship between Labial Vibrotactile Detection and Pure-tone Hearing Threshold in Healthy, Aging Adults. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 18(1): 89-96

Etter, N.M., Van Meter, E.M., & Andreatta, R.D. (2014). Labial Vibrotactile Somatosensory Perception: A pilot study in healthy aging versus young adult participants. Percept Mot Skills. 118(2): 622-35.

Etter, N. M., Stemple, J. C., & Howell, D. M. (2013). Defining the lived experience of older adults with voice disorders. Journal of Voice, 27(1), 61-67.

Danzl, M. M., Etter, N. M., Andreatta, R. D., & Kitzman, P. H. (2012). Facilitating neurorehabilitation through principles of engagement. Journal of allied health, 41(1), 35-41.

Etter, N. M. (2010). What Have We Learned From Physiological Approaches to Characterizing Dysarthria and Other Speech Production Disorders?. SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, 20(2), 37-46.

Courses Taught

CSD 444 Organic Disorders of Speech and Language

CSD 541 Voice Disorders

CSD 545 Neuromotor Disorders of Speech

CSD 548 Dysphagia