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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.

Monita Chatterjee, Ph.D., Perception of Complex Stimuli & Cochlear Implants

Work in this laboratory focuses on understanding the factors that influence the perception of complex sounds, including speech, by patients with cochlear implants.

Christopher M. Conway, Ph.D., Brain Learning and Language

In our lab, we study how the brain learns language and what might be different in the case of a language disorder or language delay. We specifically study the brain's ability to learn patterns of information in the environment.

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.

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.

Karla McGregor, Ph.D., Word Learning

In our lab we seek to understand how people learn, remember, and use words. We are particularly interested in the word learning problems that accompany developmental language disorder in children and adults.

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.

Heather Porter, Au.D., Ph.D., Human Auditory Development

Our lab studies how infants and children process sound in competing background noise. My research interests build on that premise and includes work related to improving methods for the clinical assessment of hearing in children who are typically developing and children with motor and developmental delays.

Daniel Rasetshwane, Ph.D., Auditory Signal Processing

Research focuses on (1) understanding suprathreshold hearing deficits in individuals with normal hearing and with hearing loss, and (2) development of advanced signal-processing strategies for hearing aids.

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 vision 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.