Jeff Searl is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on the impact of head and neck cancer on speech production.
Dr. Searl received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining MSU, he served as faculty in the Hearing and Speech Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he also held a joint appointment with the Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Department.
Dr. Searl’s lab is focused on understanding the ways that speech and voice are altered by chemoradiation and surgery for head and neck cancers. The goal is to improve or develop clinical practices that preserve or rehabilitate communication in people treated for head and neck cancer. He utilizes a range of physiological, acoustic and auditory-perceptual measures in his research. A primary focus is optimization of communication that balances the need for understandable speech with the physical and cognitive effort (and associated fatigue) involved in communicating after speech is perturbed by cancer treatments.