Kevin Pitt

Ph.D Student: Communicative Disorders
Emphasis: Neurology and Brain Computer Interfaces for Communication
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Due to my background in speech-language pathology, I am interested in user centered BCI development, possible predictors for BCI use, in addition to assessment and training for varying BCI modalities, and populations. I also enjoy learning about the neurological basis, of speech production, and how varying BCI systems function over the course of a disease.

Prior to attending KU, I completed my Masters Degree in speech-language pathology at Missouri State University, and undergraduate degree in radiologic technology, at The University of Missouri-Columbia. I have additional experience as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging technician in a trauma one hospital.

Education

  • The University of Kansas

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Communication Science and Disorders. Neurology and Brain Computer Interfaces for Communication
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    Activities and Societies: - Research Assistant for Dr. Brumberg (Speech and Applied Neuroscience Lab): Brain Computer Interface, and production and prosodic perception. - Volunteer; Brain Discovery Fair; University of Kansas Medical Center, Spring 2015

  • Missouri State University
    Master's degree, Communication Science and Disorders: Speech Language Pathology, 4.0
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    Activities and Societies: - Research Assistant for Dr. Mantie Kozlowski: Area: Electropalatography (EPG) for assessment and treatment of individuals with orofacial myofunctional disorders. - Research Assistant for Dr. Netsell: Area: Subvocalization during speech. - National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Volunteer Activities Chairman: Pathways Conference 2011

  • University of Missouri-Columbia
    Bachelor of Science (BSc), Radiologic Science: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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  • St. Louis Community College
    Associate's degree, Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
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    Activities and Societies: - Academic Honors - School Representative: Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists Student Quiz Team

Selected Publications

Selected Work

  • SMR Brain Computer Interfaces as a New AAC Access Modality for Individuals with Advanced Paralysis.

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    .Submitted for presentation at the 2016 International Brain Computer Interface Meeting, Asilomar, CA

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  • A Motor Imagery Based AAC Brain Computer Interface Screening Protocol for Individuals with Advanced ALS

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    Aim: To develop a screening protocol for Sensorimotor Rhythm Brain Computer Interfaces (SMR-BCIs) for Communication, that may be completed by individuals with advanced Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Submitted for presentation at the 2016 International Society for AAC Convention, Toronto, Canada.

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  • CNV Elicitation via an AAC Based Paradigm, for use in Brain-Computer Interfaces for Communication.

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    Aim: To compare CNV elicitation paradigms for application to AAC-BCI development.Submitted for presentation at the 2016 International Society for AAC Convention, Toronto, Canada.

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  • Comparison of CNV potentials during overt & covert hand movements for use in SMR brain computer interfaces for communication

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    Presented at the 2015 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.

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  • SLPs’ Perspectives of Working Relationships with Radiologists who Perform VFSS.

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    Presented at the 2015 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.

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  • Assessment of articulatory contact pressures for assessment or communicative impairment and disease progression in ALS populations

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    Assisted with data collection, during independent study in the lab of Dr. J Searl

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  • Investigating EPG for Treatment of Atypical Lingual-Palatal Timing and Contact Patterns

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    Presented at the 2014 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL.

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  • Modifying Resting Tongue Posture Using EPG & Principles of Motor Learning: An ABAB Case Study

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    Presented at the 2014 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL.

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  • The Graduation Party is Over. What Now? Presented at the MSHA convention

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    Presented at the 2014 Missouri Speech Language Hearing Association Conference

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  • Describing Lingual-Palatal Contact Patterns During Swallowing Using EPG.

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    Poster presented at the 2013 ASHA convention, Chicago, IL.

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  • Jaw Restricted Tongue Strength Measures in Participants Ages 8, 15, and 21 years

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    Poster presented at the 2013 ASHA convention, Chicago, IL.

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  • Estimating Impact between the Vocal Folds from an Acoustic Signal.

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    Poster presented at the 2013 ASHA convention, Chicago, IL

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  • The Thalamus: Effects on Speech, Language, and Cognition

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    Presented to departmental staff in 2013 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.

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Selected Awards & Honors

  • Laura Beth Windham Scholarship for Clinical Performance

    Missouri State University
    2013
  • ASHA Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship Recipient

    American Speech Hearing Association
    2012
  • Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA); Outstanding Student Nominee

    MSHA
    2012
  • Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award

    St Louis Community College at Forest Park
    2006
  • Volunteer Appreciation Award

    Every Child's Hope Children s Home
    2003

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