Prof. Ofer Amir's research, as well as clinical interest, focuses on two major fields: Stuttering and Voice.
In the area of stuttering and other fluency disorders, Prof. Ofer Amir is interested in identifying, quantifying and measuring various fluency charcteristics, 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 on the acoustic properties of speaking rate, normal disfluency and stuttering. In addition, Prof. Ofer Amir is collaborating with researchers in other research centers, utilizing advanced methods for brain imaging related to stuttering and and language.
In the area of voice and voice disorders, Prof. Ofer Amir is highly interested in characterizing vocal properties related to different physical, physiological and emotional conditions, and in professional voice. This line of research involves exploring and identifying acoustic, aerodynamic, percpetual and acoustic measures that differentiate between people with and without laryngeal pathologies, people who experience various emotional or social conditions, and people at different hormonal conditions and phases (e.g., using birth-control pills, IVF, etc.). Prof. Amir is also engaged in the development and validation of clinical instruments for quantifying the subjective evaluation of voice disorders and fluency disorders.