Kevin Pitt., SLP-CCC

Ph.D Candidate: Communicative Disorders
Emphasis: Neurology and Brain Computer Interfaces for Communication
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Summary

My doctoral research is aimed toward successfully translating laboratory-based brain-computer interface (BCI) applications into clinical interventions by incorporating established augmentative and alternative communicate (AAC) methods, and encouraging all stakeholders including those individuals who use AAC to engage in the clinical implementation of BCI technology. 

Education

 

2019                      Ph.D., Speech-Language-Hearing, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

(anticipated)          Advisor: Jonathan Brumberg, Ph.D.

2013                      M.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology

                              Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

Project: Incorporating electropalatography (EPG) feedback into a motor learning paradigm to modify lingual-palatal contact patterns.

Advisor: Alana Mantie-Kozlowski, Ph.D.

2009                      B.S., Radiologic Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO

2006                      AAS., Radiologic Technology, St Louis Community College Forest Park,

St Louis, MO

 

Teaching

Fall 2017-                   SPLH 462: Speech Science, University of Kansas

Present                        Graduate Teaching Assistant for Jonathan Brumberg, Ph.D.

Spring 2015-               SPLH 570: Intro to Speech-Language Pathology, University of Kansas

Fall 2017                     Graduate Teaching Assistant for Julie Gatts & Lynn Murphy

Fall 2013-                   SPLH 120: Physics of Speech, University of Kansas

Spring 2015                Graduate Teaching Assistant for Kostas Kokkinakis, Ph.D.

Summer 2014             CSD 713: Child Language II, Missouri State University

                                    Graduate Teaching Assistant for Julie Masterson, Ph.D.

Spring 2014                CSD 210: Phonetics, Missouri State University

           Per-course faculty, 3 credit hours.

 

Selected Publications

1. Pitt, K. M. and Brumberg, J. S. (2018). Guidelines for Feature Matching Assessment of Brain-Computer Interfaces for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 1–15. doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-17-0135

2. Brumberg, J., Pitt, K., Mantie-Kozlowski, A., & Burnison, J. (2018). Brain-Computer Interfaces for Augmentative and Alternative Communication: A Tutorial. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 1-12. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0244

3. Brumberg, J., Pitt, K., & Burnison, J. (2018). A Non-Invasive Brain-Computer Interface for Real-Time Speech Synthesis: The Importance of Multimodal Feedback. IEEE Xplore, 26(4), 874-881. DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2018.2808425

4. Brumberg, J., Nguyen, A., Pitt, K., & Lorenz, S. (2018). Examining Sensory Ability, Feature Matching, and Assessment-Based Adaption for a Brain-Computer Interface using the Steady State Visual Evoked Potential. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1-9. DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2018.1428369

5. Brumberg, J., Burnison, J., & Pitt, K. (2016). Using Motor Imagery to Control Brain-Computer Interfaces for Communication. In International Conference on Augmented Cognition (pp. 14-25). Springer International Publishing. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39955-3_2

6. Mantie- Kozlowski, A., & Pitt, K. (2014). Treating Myofunctional Disorders: A Multiple-Baseline Study of a New Treatment Using Electropalatography. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 23(4), 520-529. DOI: 10.1044/2014_AJSLP-14-0001

7. Mantie-Kozlowski, A., & Pitt, K. (2013). Electropalatography as an adjunct to nonspeech orofacial myofunctional disorder assessments: a feasibility study. The International Journal of Orofacial Myology: Official Publication of the International Association of Orofacial Myology39, 31-44

Selected Work

1.  Pitt, K., & Brumberg, J. (in review). Brain-computer interfaces for AAC: Addressing training needs for moving from bench to bedside. Submitted for poster presentation at the 2018 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA.

2. Pitt, K., Brumberg, J., Fager, S., & Heidrick, L. (in review). AAC technology for individuals with severe paralysis; Current practice and future trends. Submitted for oral presentation to the 2018 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA.

3. Brumberg, J., & Pitt, K. (2018).  Motor induced suppression of the N100 ERP during motor- imagery while controlling a speech synthesizer brain-computer interface. Poster presented at the 2018 Motor Speech Conference, Savannah, GA.

4. Pitt, K., & Brumberg, J. (2017). A Multidisciplinary Feature Matching Based Assessment Protocol for Evaluation across Varied AAC Brain-computer Interfaces. Poster presented at the 2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, LA.

5. Pitt, K., Zarfia, K., Brumberg, J., & Brady, N. (2017). Clinically Translating AAC Brain-Computer Interface Training Protocols by Utilizing Single-Subject Design, and Offline Motor-Imagery Techniques. Poster presented at the 2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, LA.

6. Pitt, K., & Brumberg, J. (2016). Development of a Motor Imagery Based AAC Brain Computer Interface Screening Protocol for Individuals with Advanced ALS. Oral presentation at the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

7. Pitt, K., Brumberg J., Searl J., Kuruvilla-Dugdale M., & Burnison J. (2016). Inter-institutional, cutting edge ALS research across the disease course, from motor speech to AAC BCI. Oral presentation at the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

8. Pitt, K., Brumberg, J., & Masterson., C. (2016). Development of a clinical decision tree to assess user candidacy for AAC Brain Computer Interfaces. Poster presented at the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

9. Brumberg, J., Pitt, K., Burnison, J. (2016). Evaluating control of commercial AAC devices via brain-computer interface by individuals with neuromotor deficit. Oral presentation at the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

10. Masterson, C., Pitt, K., & Brumberg, J. (2016). Motor-Imagery by individuals with neuromotor impairment for application to AAC brain computer interface intervention. Poster presented at the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

11. *Brumberg, J., Thornson, Pitt, K., Patel, R. (2016). Speech and non-speech motor control of prosody by individuals with amytrophic lateral sclerosis. Poster presented at the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

12. Pitt, K., Burnison, J., Brumberg, J. (2016). Brain Computer Interfaces as a New AAC Access Modality for Individuals with Advanced Paralysis. Poster presented at the 2016 International Brain Computer Interface Meeting, Asilomar, CA.

13. Brumberg, J., Burnison, J., Pitt, K. (2016). Development of a Real Time Speech Synthesizer Based Brain Computer Interface. Poster presented at the 2016 International Brain Computer Interface Meeting, Asilomar, CA.

14. Pitt, K., Brumberg, J., Burnison, J., & Duff, J. (2015). Comparison of CNV potentials during overt & covert hand movements for use in SMR brain computer interfaces for communication. Poster presented at the 2015 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.

15. DeMoss, K., Pitt, K., Mantie-Kozlowski, A. (2015). SLPs’ Perspectives of Working Relationships with Radiologists Who Perform VFSS. Poster presented at the 2015 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.

16. Pitt, K. & Mantie- Kozlowski, A. (2014). Investigating EPG for Treatment of Atypical Lingual-Palatal Timing and Contact Patterns. Poster presented at the 2014 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL.

17. Mantie- Kozlowski, A. & Pitt, K. (2014). Modifying Resting Tongue Posture Using EPG & Principles of Motor Learning: An ABAB Case Study. Poster presented at the 2014 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL.

18. Mantie-Kozlowski, A. & Pitt, K. (2013). Jaw Restricted Tongue Strength Measures in Participants Ages 8, 15, and 21 years. Poster presented at the ASHA convention, Chicago, IL.

19. Bakker, K. Pitt, K. & Shirly, D. (2013). Estimating Impact between the Vocal Folds from an Acoustic Signal. Poster presented at the ASHA convention, Chicago, IL.

20. Pitt, K. & Mantie- Kozlowski, A. (2013). Describing Lingual-Palatal Contact Patterns During Swallowing Using EPG. Poster presented at the ASHA convention, Chicago, IL.

Selected Awards & Honors

2018                            Summer Research Scholarship

2017                            Friends of the Life Span Institute Graduate Research Assistant Award

2017                            Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund 

2016                            ASHA Student Research Travel Award

2016                            ASHA Meritorious Research Poster Award

2016                            Margaret C. Byrne Sarricks PhD Graduate Research Award

2013                            Laura Beth Windham Award for Clinical Performance in Speech-Language Pathology

2013                            ASHA Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship

2006                            Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award for Radiology

Kevin Pitt., SLP-CCC


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