Youkyung completed a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea (2000), and a second B.S. (2003), M.A. (2004), and Ph.D. (2009) in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, New Mexico State University (2009-2014). She was a recipient of the 2013 Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award, which identifies the most effective teacher in the major field based on students' questionnaires. In 2014, Youkyung joined the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the Ohio State University. Her research interest areas include anatomic, physiologic, and acoustic aspects of the speech production mechanism, with special emphasis on the velopharyngeal mechanism in normal individuals and individuals with cleft palate, through the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in conjunction with acoustic analysis. Youkyung teaches Anatomy, Physiology and Science of Speech and Voice Disorders.
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