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Investigators and Laboratories Available to Summer Trainees

​​​The following investigators and laboratories are available to summer AuD trainees.

​​​Angela AuBuchon, Ph.D., Working Memory and Language

This lab studies the development of short-term/working memory and attention. We are particularly interested in how children’s working memory helps prevent auditory distraction and support language development.

Adam Bosen, Ph.D., Auditory Perceptual Encoding

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

Monita Chatterjee, Ph.D., Auditory Prostheses and Perception

Research in this lab focuses on auditory and speech processing by children and adults with cochlear implants, with emphasis on voice-pitch processing and emotional speech communication.

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.

Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Ph.D., Cognitive and Sensory Imaging

Studies in this lab aim to understand the interactions between sensory experience and higher-order cognition such as working memory and executive function throughout the lifespan, and to characterize what these interactions look like in the brain. The lab uses multiple techniques, including brain imaging (MEG, fMRI) to determine the complex interactions between sensory experience, neural function and behavior. We are particularly interested in clarifying the impact of mild-to-severe hearing loss and the quality of therapeutic interventions (e.g., hearing aid use and audibility) on the neural dynamics that serve cognitive development in children and adolescents.

Anastasia Kerr-German, Ph.D., Brain, Executive Function and Attention

The Brain, Executive Function and Attention Research (B.E.A.R.) Lab is interested in understanding how babies, toddlers, and young children learn about the world around them. One of our goals is to understand how children’s brains process the information in the world around them and what individual factors might lead to different developmental trajectories and long-term outcomes. To explore these questions, we utilize methods such as functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), eye-tracking, clinical, and behavioral measures of executive functioning and attention. Currently, we are exploring the relationship between early developing attentional processing and executive functioning in toddlers, risk for ADHD in toddlers, and the relationship between functional connectivity and ocular-motor control and behavior in children ages 2 to 7 years old.

Kaylah Lalonde, Ph.D., Audiovisual Speech Processing

Research in this lab focuses on audiovisual speech processing by children with normal hearing and children with hearing loss, with emphasis on the mechanisms underlying audiovisual speech perception benefit.

Ryan McCreery, Ph.D., Audibility, Perception and Cognition

The studies in our lab focus on examining the perceptual, linguistic, and cognitive factors that support success with hearing aids for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Stephen Neely, D.Sc., Communication Engineering/Auditory Signal Processing

Research in the Auditory Signal Processing Laboratory focuses on understanding auditory perception and improving clinical outcomes for individuals with hearing disabilities.

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 loudspea​kers 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.

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.