Dr. Mason’s area of research focuses on the anatomical foundations for successful surgical and speech outcomes in children with velopharyngeal dysfunction and associated cleft and craniofacial anomalies. Her work utilizes MRI and 3D computer visualization technology to study anatomy and the surgical approaches used to treat craniofacial anomalies. Current collaborative work aims to examine how variations in pre-operative anatomy impact post-operative speech and surgical outcomes in children born with cleft palate. Additional projects include clinical outcomes monitoring, data/healthcare analytics, and modeling of the post-surgical velopharyngeal mechanism. Dr. Mason serves as a research collaborator and speech pathologist (PRN) on the craniofacial team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She also provides support and training through surgical mission trips in collaboration with Smiles International Foundation.