Jonathan S. Brumberg

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Speech-Language-Hearing
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Speech-Language-Hearing
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center, 3001
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
Haworth Hall, 4115


Jonathan Brumberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing with a courtesy appointment in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and affiliations with the Neuroscience Graduate Program and Bioengineering Graduate Program. He earned his PhD at Boston University in the area of computational neuroscience of speech motor control in 2009 and continued at Boston University as a research assistant professor before coming to the University of Kansas in 2012. His research interests are in the neurological mechanisms underlying speech and communication and their use in brain-machine interfaces (BMI).



Dr. Brumberg teaches undergraduate and graduate courses involving the neural bases of speech production / motor control (SPLH 462) and speech perception (AUD 816). He also mentors undergraduate students in the university research experience program in speech-language-hearing, and electrical engineering and computer science.

Teaching Interests

  • Speech science
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroimaging
  • Speech perception


Dr. Brumberg is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying speech production, through electrophysiological and behavioral studies. He currently directs an NIH funded research program to develop brain-machine interfaces for control of augmentative and alternative communication devices using electroencephalography (EEG). He is also interested in studying the role of interactive computer programs and interfaces in speech research and rehabilitation, specifically those employing artificial speech synthesis for studying speech production in speakers with and without impairment.

Research Interests

  • Speech neuroscience
  • Speech motor control
  • Brain machine interfaces
  • Neural engineering
  • Signal processing


Dr. Brumberg is an associate editor of Brain-Computer Interfaces and is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the BCI Society.

Selected Publications

Brumberg, J. S., & Pitt, K. M. (2019). Motor induced suppression of the N100 ERP during motor-imagery control of a speech synthesizer brain-computer interface [Journal Articles]. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 62(7), 2133–2140.
Pitt, K. M., & Brumberg, J. S. (2018). A Screening Protocol Incorporating Brain-Computer Interface Feature Matching Considerations for Augmentative and Alternative Communication [Journal Articles]. Assistive Technology, 1–12.
Brumberg, J. S., Thorson, J. C., & Patel, R. (2018). The Prosodic Marionette: a method to visualize speech prosody  and assess perceptual and expressive prosodic abilities [Journal Articles]. Speech Communication, 104, 95–105.
Pitt, K. M., & Brumberg, J. S. (2018). Guidelines for Feature Matching Assessment of Brain-Computer Interfaces for Augmentative and Alternative Communication [Journal Articles]. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27(3), 950–964.
Brumberg, J. S., Pitt, K. M., & Burnison, J. D. (2018). A non-invasive brain-computer interface for real-time speech synthesis: The Importance of Multimodal Feedback [Journal Articles]. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 26(4), 874–881.
Brumberg, J. S., Pitt, K. M., Mantie-Kozlowski, A., & Burnison, J. D. (2018). Brain-computer interfaces for augmentative and alternative communication: a tutorial [Journal Articles]. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27, 1–12.
Brumberg, J. S., Nguyen, A., Pitt, K. M., & Lorenz, S. D. (2018). Examining sensory ability, feature matching, and assessment-based adaptation for a brain-computer interface using the steady-state visually evoked potential [Journal Articles]. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1–9.
Schultz, T., Wand, M., Hueber, T., Krusienski, D. J., & Brumberg, J. S. (2017). Biosignal-based Spoken Communication: A Survey [Journal Articles]. IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, 25(12), 2257–2271.
Brumberg, J. S., Krusienski, D. J., Chakrabarti, S., Gunduz, A., Brunner, P., Ritaccio, A., & Schalk, G. (2016). Spatio-temporal Evolution of Cortical Processes Related to Continuous Overt and Covert Speech in a Reading Task [Journal Articles]. PLoS ONE, 11.
Brumberg, J. S., Burnison, J. D., & Guenther, F. H. (2016). Brain-machine interfaces for speech restoration [Book Chapters]. In P. van Leishout, B. Maassen, & H. Terband (Eds.), Speech motor control in normal and disordered speech: future developments in theory and methodology.
Brumberg, J. S., Burnison, J. D., & Pitt, K. M. (2016). Using motor imagery to control brain-computer interfaces for communication [Conference Proceedings]. In Foundations of Augmented Cognition: Neuroergonomics and Operational Neuroscience (pp. 14–24). Spring International Publishing Switzerland. 2
Brumberg, J. S., Castro, N., & Rao, A. (2015). Temporal dynamics of the speech readiness potential, and its use in a neural decoder of speech motor intention [Conference Proceedings]. In Interspeech 2015.
Chakrabarti, S., Sandberg, H. M., Brumberg, J. S., & Krusienski, D. J. (2015). Progress in speech decoding from the electrocorticogram [Journal Articles]. Biomedical Engineering Letters, 5(1), 10–21.
Lotte, F., Brumberg, J. S., Brunner, P., Gunduz, A., Ritaccio, A. L., Guan, C., & Schalk, G. (2015). Electrocorticographic  Representations of Segmental Features in Continuous Speech [Journal Articles]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9(97).
Stephen, E., LePage, K. Q., Eden, U. T., Brumberg, J. S., Guenther, F. H., & Kramer, M. A. (2014). Assessing dynamics, spatial scale, and uncertainty in task-related brain network analyses [Journal Articles]. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 8(31).
Terband, H., Maassen, B., Guenther, F. H., & Brumberg, J. S. (2014). Neurocomputational modeling of speech motor control in developmental speech disorders: testing hypotheses about underlying neurological mechanisms [Journal Articles]. Journal of Communication Disorders, 47, 17–33.
Brumberg, J. S., Wright, E. J., Andreasen, D. S., Guenther, F. H., & Kennedy, P. R. (2011). Classification of intended phoneme production from chronic intracortical microelectrode recordings in speech-motor cortex [Journal Articles]. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 5(65).
Brumberg, J. S., Nieto-Castanon, A., Kennedy, P., & Guenther, F. (2010). Brain-computer interfaces for speech communication [Journal Articles]. Speech Communication, 52(4), 367ΓÇô379.
Brumberg, J. S., & Guenther, F. H. (2010). Development of speech prostheses: current status and recent advances [Journal Articles]. Expert Review of Medical Devices, 7(5), 667ΓÇô79.
Denby, B., Schultz, T., Honda, K., Hueber, T., Gilbert, J., & Brumberg, J. S. (2010). Silent speech interfaces [Journal Articles]. Speech Communication , 52(4), 270ΓÇô287.
Guenther, F. H., Brumberg, J. S., Wright, E. J., Nieto-Castanon, A., Tourville, J. A., Panko, M., Law, R., Siebert, S. A., Bartels, J. L., Andreasen, D. S., Ehirim, P., Mao, H., & Kennedy, P. R. (2009). A Wireless Brain-Machine Interface for Real-Time Speech Synthesis [Journal Articles]. PLoS ONE, 4(12), e8218.

Selected Work

Selected Presentations

Brumberg, J. S. (5/23/2018). Decoding articulatory information from electrocorticography during speech production. 7th International Brain-Computer Interface Meeting, Workshop on Progress in Decoding Speech Processes Using Intracranial Signals. Pacific Grove, CA
Brumberg, J. S., Pitt, K. M., & Burnison, J. D. (11/30/2016). Evaluating control of commercial AAC devices via brain-computer interface by individuals with neuromotor deficits. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention 2016. Philadelphia, PA
Pitt, K. M., Brumberg, J. S., Searl, J., & Kuruvilla-Dugdale, M. (11/30/2016). Inter-institutional, cutting edge ALS research across the disease course, from motor speech to AAC BCI. American Speech-Language-Hearing Convention 2016. Philadelphia, PA
Brumberg, J. S. (8/16/2016). Using imagined and preparatory motor activity to control assistive devices for speech communication. 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Workshop on Communication, Restoration of Function, and Consciousness Assessment with BCI. Orlando, FL
Brumberg, J. S., Burnison, J. D., & Pitt, K. M. (7/20/2016). Using motor imagery to control brain-computer interfaces for communication. 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 10th International Conference on Augmented Cognition. Toronto, ON, Canada
Brumberg, J. S., Krusienski, D. J., Lotte, F., & Schalk, G. (6/30/2016). Examining speech production using intracranial electrophysiological recordings. 6th International Brain-Computer Interface Meeting, Workshop on Decoding Speech Processes using Intracranial Signals. Pacific Grove, CA
Brumberg, J. S., Lotte, F., Krusienski, D. J., & Schalk, G. (3/31/2016). The spatiotemporal dynamics of speech as segmental and suprasegmental timescales. 2016 Motor Speech Conference. Newport Beach, CA
Peters, B., Brumberg, J. S., Mooney, A., Fried-Oken, M., & Zeitlin, D. (11/12/2015). State of the science update: brain-computer interfaces for augmentative & alternative communication. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention 2015. Denver, CO
Brumberg, J. S. (7/31/2014). Interdisciplinary collaborations at work in brain-machine interface research. Merrill Research Retreat. Lied Lodge, Nebraska City, NE
Stepp, C. E., & Brumberg, J. S. (11/16/2013). What you need to know: surface electromyography & electroencephalography in speech & hearing. Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2013. Chicago, IL
Stepp, C. E., Patel, R., & Brumberg, J. S. (11/30/2012). Games for assessment and rehabilitation of speech and language impairments. Annual Convention for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2012. Atlanta, GA

Selected Grants

A virtual vocal tract for speech output using non-invasive brain-computer interface. National Institutes of Health. $1836964.00. Submitted 11/6/2017 (7/1/2018 - 6/30/2023). Federal. Status: Funded
Evaluating control of commercial AAC devices via brain-computer interface by individuals with neuromotor deficits. American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. $25000.00. Submitted 4/24/2015 (1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded
Prosody in congenital and acquired dysarthria. R21DC013095-01A1. National Institutes of Health / National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. $59947.00. Submitted 3/5/2013 (12/1/2013 - 11/30/2016). Federal. Status: Funded. Subcontract PI
Translating brain-computer interface to commercial augmentative and alternative communication devices for clinical practice. University of Kansas. $8000.00. Submitted 8/20/2014 (9/12/2014 - 9/30/2016). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
Investigating output modality for a brain-computer interface for communication. NIH R03 DC011304. National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). $300000.00. (9/21/2011 - 8/31/2016). Federal. Status: Funded. $300,000 over 3 years.
CELEST: A Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science and Technology. SMA-0835976. National Science Foundation. $26041.00. (3/1/2013 - 2/28/2015). Federal. Status: Funded. Subcontract for developing sensorimotor rhythm functionality for Unlock Framework

Selected Awards & Honors

EURASIP Best Paper Award
European Association for Signal Processing

News and events

— Expertscape: Your Source For Medical Experts (@Daily_Experts) December 3, 2021

Kris Pedersen and Ana Paula Mumy joined Governor Kelly for bill signing enacting the Interstate Compact for SLPs & Audiologists. 

Nicola Santangelo awarded a Summer 2021 UGRA with Dr. Jena McDaniel

SPLH graduate program ranked in top 50

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Foundations, Perspectives, & Accountability virtual continuing education course featuring Stephanie Meehan, PhD, CCC-SLP and Mathew Gillispie, PhD, CCC-SLP

KSHA's Executive Board is addressing the need for diversity and inclusion in our profession in a multi-pronged approach. We are committed to ongoing dialogue across cultural lines. We recognize the need for further education amongst ourselves and our membership. We have partnered with the University of Kansas to offer this FREE virtual continuing education course. 


Ana Paula Mumy - Spero Stuttering

Personnel Prep Grants

Megan Davidson and Jena McDaniel (Post doc) will each be receiving ASHAFoundation New Investigator Research Grants! 

Randi Hutto was awarded a Fall 2020 UGRA with Dr. Meghan Davidson

MA student Alondra Del Real received an honorable mention for Therapy Insight's Essay Contest. Her essay was titled "The Lack of Diversity in the Field of Speech-Language Pathology." 

Emily Sonsthagen presented a Poster in the 23rd Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 25, 2020

Emily Sonsthagen received an Outstanding Presentation Award!

Suma Suswaram to be awarded the KU Tradition of Excellence Award on Saturday, April 18, 2020

SPLH UG students selected as University Scholars: Sophie Moore and Michaela Russ 

Suma Suswaram is International Leader of the week (2/24/2020).  Congrats Suma!

News from Ana Paula G. Mumy, M.S., CCC-SLP February 2020

KU Student Equity & Inclusion WorkgroupKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroup Fall 2019 Newsletter

CoKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroupngratulations to our December 2019 Graduates: Elyse T. Adame, Gabriella A. Araiza, Hannah Grace Harrison, Ezra S. Kaiser, Romaric A. Keuwo, Rebecca Grace McGuinness, Margaret Ann Olson, Allison G. Peterka, Hally Allena Ricklefs, Carrie Michelle Riseling, Gabrielle K. Rosenwald, Lindsay Nicole Thomas.

Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP (center) was recently an invited speaker at the Brazilian Stuttering Association “AbraGagueira” conference. She is pictured with its current president (left) and its founder/director (right).  A large group attended the documentary film showing, "When I Stutter", which is the film Ana Paula translated with the AbraGagueira founder.

Corinne Walker, a Ph.D. student in SPLH received the 2019 ASHA foundation Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development

SPLH student Haleyanna Schippers- one of 10 undergraduate students to receive undergraduate research awards this fall.

Bridget Rennard is featured on page 18 of KU Giving magazine's Fall 2019 edition.

SPLH student Bridget Rennard is one of 7 KU students, graduates to win Fulbright awards 

Steven F. Warren, Ph.D. has been named the 2019 Distinguished Alumni by the Applied Behavioral Sciences department.

IPCD students, Ivarene Hurtado (MA-SLP) and Suma Suswaram (PhD), have been selected for ASHA’s Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) Class of 2019

Joshuaa Allison-Burbank is recognized by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development: as a 2019 Native American 40 under 40 award recipient.

Ana Paula Mumy along with Brazilian SLP Daniela Zackiewicz just completed translation of the film, "When I Stutter" in Portuguese, and it will be debuted at the "Abra Gagueira" conference this October, which is the Brazilian association for persons who stutter.  Ana Paula is an invited speaker at the conference and will be hosting the very first screening of the film in Portuguese!

Bachelor’s Degrees in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies, KU Edwards Campus

Congratulations to Russell Johnston, Ph.D., Kristen Muller, Ph.D., and Kevin Pitt, Ph.D. for successfulling defending their dissertations this summer! 

Congratulations to Tiffany P. Hogan, Speech Language Pathology PhD alum, ASHA Fellowship of the Assiciation 2019 Award recipient.

Suzanne Adlof, one of our Speech Language Pathology MA/PhD alums now in South Carolina, received the presidential early career award in science/engineering.

Congratulations to Mindy Bridges, Assistant Professor, on receiving the School of Health Professions (SHP) Research Grant for her proposal: The Development of Language-Intensive Professional Development Modules for Prekindergarten Teachers.

Abby Enneking, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be 1 of 2 students from Kansas to receive the Sertoma International Award.

Frank Kim, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be the recipient of the SHP Dean's Diversity Scholarship.

Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.


Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

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