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Investigators and Laboratories Available to Clinical+Research Externship Students

Adam Bosen, Ph.D., Auditory Perceptual Encoding

Research focuses on quantifying the aspects of perception, cognition, and linguistic knowledge that limit speech recognition in listeners with cochlear implants.

Kristen Janky, Ph.D., Vestibular Assessment and Balance Disorders

The work in this laboratory is concerned with the study of vestibular disorders, including their diagnosis and treatment.

Kaylah Lalonde, Ph.D., Audiovisual Speech Processing

Research in this lab focuses on development of the perceptual and linguistic mechanisms underlying adults and children’s ability to use visual speech to compensate for noisy listening environments. Current research is also examining the effects of hearing aid compression on the temporal characteristics of audiovisual speech.

Hope Lancaster, Ph.D., Language and Literacy Development

This lab studies how genetics and environment affect language and literacy development. Understanding how these skills develop can lead to early identification and intervention methods for children at risk of communication disorders.

Lori Leibold, Ph.D., Human Auditory Development

This research lab studies the development of auditory behavior in children with normal hearing and children with hearing loss, with a focus on understanding how infants and children hear and process target sounds in the presence of competing background sounds.

Ryan McCreery, Ph.D., Perceptual and Cognitive Development in Children with Hearing Loss

This research program is concerned with enhancing speech and language outcomes in children with hearing loss by improving audibility based predictions of speech recognition.

Gabrielle Merchant, Ph.D., Translational Auditory Physiology and Perception

Research in this laboratory uses clinical audiological assessments combined with experimental measures to improve the understanding and diagnosis of various auditory pathologies, particularly those impacting children.

G. Christopher Stecker, Ph.D., Spatial Hearing

In our lab, we study how listeners perceive auditory space and the particular kinds of acoustic information they use to do so. We use large arrays of loudspeakers to simulate different listening situations and virtual-reality technology to study the impacts of vis​ion and audition on spatial awareness by typical and hearing-impaired listeners, as well as the spatial functions of hearing aids. Brain imaging studies allow us to map the brain regions involved in processing that information, and computer simulations of brain networks help us understand how sounds are transformed by the brain, the ear, and listening devices.

Krystal Werfel, Ph.D., Written Language

This lab studies language and literacy acquisition in children with hearing loss, with a focus on sound-based skills that impact academic outcomes.

Ellen Peng, Ph.D., Functional Hearing Laboratory

​We use virtual reality (VR) to simulate indoor auditory environments when we study functional hearing by children in our lab. We assess how well children navigate spaces and hear speech in these virtual environments. Some of the techniques we use include psychoacoustics, eye-tracking, and neuroimaging.