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Yana Yunusova, M.Sc., PhD

Associate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room E2 44
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-6100 ext. 67611

NOTE: Applications for the 2017 Hurvitz Brain Sciences Summer Student Research Program will be accepted in February and March 2017. Due to a large volume of emails, only suitable candidates will be contacted. To apply, send an email to Madhura Kulkarni with your statement of interest, latest unofficial transcript and CV attached.


  • M.Sc., 2000, speech language pathology, University of Wisconsin, U.S.
  • PhD, 2005, speech physiology, University of Wisconsin, U.S.

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Associate scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Associate professor, department of speech-language pathology, faculty of medicine, University of Toronto
  • Senior scientist, communication team, The KITE Research Institute at University Health Network
  • Associate member, graduate department of rehabilitation sciences, U of T
  • Associate member, Institute of Medical Science, U of T
  • Full member, School of Graduate Studies, U of T
  • Member, collaborative program in neuroscience, U of T

Research Foci:

  • Speech motor control
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Speech rehabilitation
  • Brain imaging

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

  1. Rong P, Yunusova Y, Wang J, Thomas C, Zinman L, Pattee GL, Berry J, Perry B, Green JR. Predicting speech intelligibility decline in ALS based on the deterioration of individual speech subsystems. PLoS ONE. 2016 May;11(5):e0154971.
  2. Yunusova Y, Graham N, Shellikeri S, Phuong K, Kulkarni M, Rochon E, Tang-Wai DF, Chow T, Black SE, Zinman L, Green JR. Profiling speech and pausing in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). PLOS ONE. 2016 Jan;11(1):e0147573.
  3. Rong P, Yunusova Y, Wang J, Green JR. Predicting early bulbar decline in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A speech subsystem approach. Behavioural Neurology. 2015 May;1–11.
  4. Yunusova Y, Green JR, Lindstrom MJ, Pattee GL, Zinman L. Speech in ALS: Longitudinal changes in lips and jaw movements and vowel acoustics. Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology. 2014;21(1):1–13.
  5. Green JR, Yunusova Y, Kuruvill, MS, Wang J, Pattee GL, Synhorst L, Zinman L, Berry JD. Bulbar and speech motor assessment in ALS: Challenges and future directions. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal degenerations. 2013;14(7-8):494–500.
  6. Kuruvilla, MS, Green JR, Yunusova Y, Hanford K. Spatiotemporal coupling of the tongue in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 2012;55:1897–1909.
  7. Yunusova Y, Green JR. Greenwood L, Wang J, Pattee GL Zinman L. Tongue movements and their acoustic consequences in ALS. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica. 2012;64:94–102.
  8. Yunusova Y, Weismer G, Lindstrom MJ. Classifications of vocalic segments from articulatory kinematics: Healthy controls and speakers with dysarthria. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 2011;54:1302–1311.
  9. Yunusova Y, Green J, Lindstrom MJ, Ball L, Pattee GL, Zinman L. Kinematics of disease progression in bulbar ALS. Journal of Communication Disorders. 2010;43:6–20.

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