I am Esprit Ange Andraos (/espri ãʒ ɑndrɑ:wos/), a Lebanese graduate SLP student at Northeastern University, professional singer, flutist, and TV presenter.
Since my childhood, I have had the desire to help those with difficulties across social, communication, and literacy domains. Around the age of 14, I was diagnosed with Muscle Tension Dysphonia, which got me intrigued to learn about SLP, and led me to experience some of the symptoms that any of my patients may face with their voice and public interactions. In 2016, I pursued my undergraduate studies in SLP at Lebanese University and obtained my license to practice as an SLP in Lebanon in 2020. While applying American and French evidence-based practices, I have enjoyed providing evaluation and treatment services to culturally-linguistically diverse populations with various severity levels of speech, oral language, literacy, voice, and hearing disorders. Being passionate about speech and voice science, I had the opportunity to travel to Boston and intern at the Voice and Speech Laboratory of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in the summer of 2019. This is when I recognized that my passion is not only practicing as an SLP but also educating and inspiring other generations through enhancing translational research. These clinical and research opportunities made me drawn into examining some of the latest methods for improving the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of speech and voice disorders.
Hence, I decided to pursue an SLP clinical master's at Northeastern University in Boston to shape my clinical skills and be better prepared for a research career in a complex healthcare environment. I am currently enjoying working on AI-based voice technology and designing a novel digital application with Rupal Patel, PhD, CCC-SLP and Pamela Campellone Bartolini, MS, CCC-SLP in the Communication Analysis and Design Laboratory at Northeastern University. In collaboration with speech and computer scientists, we have been working on developing a mobile application that may help uncover speech and voice cues of neurological health. I am excited to see how this project could advance neurological care by allowing providers and patients to access early in-home detection, telemonitoring of conditions, early intervention planning, and improved quality of life.
Following graduation and as a trilingual professional, I hope to not only serve English, French and Arabic-speaking communities but to also pursue a teaching and research career. Boston has been helping me build a strong foundation to grow as a person and professional to influence the SLP field in the US and the Middle East in a unique manner. Seeing how much difference and enthusiasm I can bring to someone’s life, I cannot imagine not working in the SLP field, because when you “choose a job that you love [...] you will never have to work a day in your life”.