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Investigators and Laboratories Available to T35 Trainees

​When considering possible investigators and laboratories, please note wheth​er the investigator is available for in-person training only (onsite), remote training only, or either in-person or remote training for the 2021 session.

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

(In-person or remote training available) 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

(In-person or remote training available) Research in this lab focuses on quantifying the aspects of perception and cognition that limit speech recognition in listeners with cochlear implants.

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

(In-person or remote training available) 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

(In-person or remote training available) The work in this laboratory is concerned with the study of vestibular disorders, including their diagnosis and treatment.

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

(In-person training only) 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 and make decisions about what they are looking at. 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, and recently electroencephalography (EEG). 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

(Remote training only) 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 children's ability to understand speech with different types of face masks.

Lori Leibold, Ph.D., Human Auditory Development

(In-person or remote training available) 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.

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

(In-person training only) 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

(In-person or remote training available) 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

(In-person training only) Research in the Auditory Signal Processing laboratory is focused on auditory perception and improving outcomes for individuals with hearing disabilities.

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

(In-person or remote training available) 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.