Heike Lehnert-LeHouillier


Interim Department Head

Associate Professor
Department of Communication Disorders


Lab: Benfer Speech Science Lab



Dr. Lehnert-LeHouillier received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and a M.A. in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from the University at Buffalo – State University of New York. She also completed a nine-month internship at Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, CT, and a NIH postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Language Sciences at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

Dr. Lehnert-LeHouillier joined the department at NMSU in the fall of 2014. She has served as the program director of the Communication Disorders program at NMSU from the fall 2016 to the summer of 2018, and she currently serves as interim department head. Her research interests include the production and perception of spoken language with a particular focus on speech prosody in individuals with and without communication disorders. She teaches courses on Speech Sound Disorders, Speech Science, Voice Disorders, Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanism, and Language Acquisition.


Areas of interest

Dr. Lehnert-LeHouillier’s research investigates different aspects of speech prosody in individuals with autism spectrum disorders as well as cochlear implant users. Her recent research has been funded by NM INBRE.


Recent Publications

Lehnert-LeHouillier, H., & Sandoval, S. (2022). Conversational correlates of prosodic entrainment in youth with and without autism spectrum disorder. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2022. Lisbon, Portugal, 42-46.

Aguirre, D., Ward, N. G., Avila, J.N, & Lehnert-LeHouillier, H. (2022). Comparison of Models for Detecting Off-Putting Speaking Styles. In Proceedings Interspeech 2022. Incheon, Korea, 2303-2307.

Lehnert-LeHouillier, H., Terrazas, S., & Sandoval, S. (2020). Prosodic entrainment in conversations of verbal children and teens on the Autism Spectrum. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.582221

Lehnert-LeHouillier, H., Terrazas, S., Sandoval, S., & Boren, R. (2020). The relationship between prosodic ability and conversational prosodic entrainment. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, edited by Nobuaki Minematsu. Tokyo, Japan, 769-773.

Lehnert-LeHouillier, H., Spencer, L. J., Machmer, E., & Burchell, K. (2019). The production of question intonation by young adult cochlear implant users: Does age at implantation matter? Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63: 257-271.

Sandoval, S., Utianski, R. & Lehnert-LeHouillier, H. (2019). Average formant trajectories. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 4: 719-732.


Selected Recognitions

Lessons for Success participant, ASHA Foundation, 2021

Emerging Scholar Award, NMSU, College of Education, 2019-2020

Mentoring Academic-Research Carrers (MARC) participant, ASHA, 2017-2018

NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Language Sciences, University of Rochester

Dissertation Fellowship, University at Buffalo


Academic Background

Postdoctoral Training, University of Rochester, Center for Language Sciences

Ph.D. University at Buffalo, Linguistics

M.A. University at Buffalo, Communicative Disorders and Sciences

M.A. Southern Illinois University, Applied Linguistics