Human Subjects Core Services Team
Coordinator of the Clinical Measurement program
Dr. Ambrose is a speech-language pathologist whose previous roles include being the principal investigator and a co-investigator on NIH-funded projects. In her role as the coordinator of the Clinical Measurement Program, she works with Boys Town National Research Hospital scientists to select appropriate clinical measures for their experiments and ensure the measures are conducted with high levels of fidelity.
Sarah Al-Salim is a Research Audiologist in the Translational Auditory Physiology and Perception Lab and in the Clinical Measurement Program at Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH). She completed her Au.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, during which time she worked in the Human Sensory Physiology Lab at BTNRH with Drs. Michael Gorga and Steve Neely. She completed her clinical externship in audiology in Chicago, Illinois and spent 4 years working with adults and children with hearing loss in a multidisciplinary clinic prior to returning to Omaha and BTNRH. Currently, her primary research interest lies in the development of communication in children with hearing loss. Of particular interest are clinical assessment tools and intervention strategies used to promote language development leading to improved academic and social outcomes in this population.
Coordinator of Recruitment and Quality Assurance
Judy Kopun is the Coordinator of Recruitment and Quality Assurance in the Human Subjects Core at Boys Town National Research Hospital. In that role, she assists BTNRH researchers to develop and manage recruitment procedures and ensures that BTNRH staff follow the highest standards in their treatment of research participants. She is also a Research Audiologist in the Auditory Signal Processing Lab and the Communication Engineering Lab under the direction of Daniel Rasetshwane, Ph.D. and Stephen Neely, Ph.D. Judy has extensive experience as a Clinical Audiologist and as a Research Audiologist on NIH-funded grants that have focused on communication and amplification issues for children and adults with hearing loss.
Manager, COBRE Clinical Measurement Program
Barb Peterson, MHD, is the Laboratory Manager for the Clinical Measurement Program Lab (CMP) at Boys Town National Research Hospital. She obtained her Master of Human Development degree from the University of Kansas. She is in charge of scheduling for the CMP and other studies as well as day to day operations of the labs. Barb and her husband Jeff have two deaf daughters, and she has a vast knowledge of raising and educating deaf children. Sharing her experiences and parent perspective with study families has been a valuable asset to the projects.
Kayla Samuelson is a speech-language pathologist for the Clinical Measurement Program. She completed her M.A. in speech-language pathology at Indiana University. Her role on the Clinical Measurement Program includes administering speech, language, and cognitive measures following standard protocol to ensure the best data possible. Kayla also works as part of the clinical staff at Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH), evaluating and treating children and adults with a variety of communication needs. She is Hanen Certified - It Takes Two to Talk®: Making Hanen Happen, a program designed to coach parents to improve communication in young children.
Clinical Research Specialist/Participant Coordinator
Trinity Williams is the Clinical Research Specialist/Participant Coordinator in the Human Subjects Core at Boys Town National Research Hospital. In this role, Trinity works to build relationships between community organizations and Boys Town researchers. Trinity organizes screening events that provide individuals with information on their speech, language and hearing status and information about opportunities to participate in research studies. Trinity has a passion for and over 20 years' experience in community outreach and engagement, teaching and training. She has experience working with teens and young adults in the juvenile and adult justice systems, serving as a mentor and class facilitator in diversion programs. Trinity also currently works at a local college as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor in the Adult Education department providing GED program course instruction.