Prof. Ofer Amir's research and clinical interest focus on two major fields: Stuttering and Voice.
In the field of stuttering and other fluency disorders, Prof. Ofer Amir is interested in identifying, quantifying and measuring various fluency characteristics, as well as establishing normative data on speaking rate in Hebrew and exploring therapeutic approaches for stuttering, cluttering and other related fluency disorders. To this end, Prof. Ofer Amir is conducting studies on the perception of stuttering and the acoustic properties of speaking rate, normal dysfluency and especially stuttering. In addition, Prof. Ofer Amir is collaborating with researchers in other research centers, utilizing advanced methods for brain imaging related to stuttering and language.
In the field of voice and voice disorders, Prof. Ofer Amir is highly interested in characterizing vocal properties related to different physical, physiological and emotional conditions, as well as in professional voice users. This line of research involves exploring and identifying acoustic, aerodynamic, and perceptual measures that differentiate between people with and without laryngeal pathologies, people who experience various emotional or social conditions, and people with different hormonal conditions and phases (e.g., using birth-control pills, IVF, etc.). Prof. Amir is also engaged in developing and validating clinical instruments for quantifying the subjective evaluation of voice disorders and fluency disorders. Moreover, Prof. Amir is currently exploring novel approaches for re-arranging the field of voice disorders and the association between voice disorders and personality.