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Claudia Jane Raines

PhD Candidate

Speech Kinematics and Acoustic Laboratory; Principal Investigator: Dr. Antje Mefferd
Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow (SLP-CF)


  • BA: Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, Communication Science and Disorders, 2020; Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
  • MS: Communication Science and Disorders, 2022; Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)

In my free time, I enjoy running, rollerblading, playing tennis, horseback riding, and hiking!

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Research Description:

Claudia Raines is a Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow in the multidisciplinary neurology clinics (HD, ALS, MS), while concurrently pursuing a doctoral degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in the field of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Claudia Raines’ research interests lie in the realm of utilizing speech kinematics to investigate how neurological diseases impact speech production. She currently employs an electromagnetic articulograph (EMA) to analyze the movement impairments of the tongue and jaw across various dysarthria diagnoses secondary to ALS, MS, HD, and PD. The primary objective of her project is to characterize the underlying kinematic patterns associated with dysarthria, to enhance dysarthria treatment strategies in clinical settings. Moreover, Claudia Raines is actively engaged in a collaborative effort with Dr. Cara Donohue at the iRad laboratory, focusing on dysphagia research. Her current project is determining the discriminant ability of self-reported dysphagia using the validated EAT-10 to detect swallowing safety and efficiency impairments in individuals with HD based on instrumental swallow evaluations (e.g., videofluoroscopy, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing).