Dr. Ghai received her Ph.D. in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India in 2012 after earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Kurukshetra University in 2006. As part of her Ph.D. thesis, she analyzed adults' and children’s speech for differences in various acoustic correlates of speech and has developed methods, which address different acoustic sources of mismatch to improve automatic recognition of children’s speech.
Dr. Ghai then joined the Spoken Communication Laboratory at Marcus Autism Center and completed her post-doctoral training in application of speech engineering to autism research. During her postdoctoral research, Dr. Ghai investigated vocal behavior and spoken communication development in children with and without autism using the state-of-the-art speech analysis techniques.
Currently, as an Instructor of Pediatrics in Emory University, Dr. Ghai's research focuses on voice analysis for infants and toddlers with and without autism using electroglottography and longitudinal home audio recordings. Through developmental profiling techniques, she tracks the onset and progression of prosody disorders and spoken communication deficits within the first 2 years of life. The results of this research will help to identify robust voice-based biomarkers that can aid early diagnosis and thus, targeted early intervention in autism spectrum disorder.
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