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2013-2014 Foundation Supported Research

The AAAF congratulates these audiologists and students on the receipt of grants for research in 2013-2014. These grants are supported by gifts made to the AAA Foundation's Annual Fund, and member contributions ensure that resources are available to fund future audiology research. To make a donation restricted for the use of research in the hearing sciences, call the AAA Foundation office at 703-226-1048.

Research Grants in Hearing and Balance

New Investigator
Gaivn BidelmanGavin Bidelman, PhD
University of Memphis
Central Neurophysiological Markers Underlying Degraded Speech Recognition





New Investigator
Erin PikerErin G. Piker, AuD, PhD
Duke University Medical Center
Vestibulo-ocular Reflex and Functional Balance Correlates of Aging





Student Investigator
Rebecca LewisRebecca M. Lewis, AuD Student and PhD Candidate
University of Washington - Seattle Campus
Mentor: Jennifer Stone, PhD, University of Washington - Seattle Campus
Concentration-Dependent Effects of Bone Morphogenetic Proteins on Atoh1 Expression During Avian Hair Cell Regeneration


Student Investigator

Spencer SmithSpencer Smith, AuD/PhD Student
University of Arizona
Mentor: Barbara Cone, PhD, University of Arizona
The Effect of Active Listening on Cochlear Mechanics in Children


Vestibular Research Student Investigator
Sponsored with a generous gift from the American Institute of Balance Education Foundation.
Jessie PattersonJessie N. Patterson, AuD/PhD Student
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Mentor: Julie A. Honaker, PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Characterizing Effects of Fatigue Following Physical Exertion on Dynamic Visual Acuity Test in Collegiate Athletes


Hearing Aids, Clinical Protocols and Patient Outcomes Student Investigator
SponsoreChrisanda Sanchezd with a generous gift from Unitron.
Chrisanda Sanchez, AuD Student
University of Florida
Mentor: Colleen Le Prell, PhD, University of Florida
Tablet Audiometry: Accurate Enough for Clinical Use?



Student Summer Research Fellowship
Kaitlyn KennedyKaitlyn Kennedy, AuD Student
Missouri State University
Mentor: Jeffery T. Lichtenhan, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine
Further Developing the Auditory Nerve Overlapped Waveform (ANOW) as an Objective Measure of Low-Frequency Hearing



Student Summer Vestibular Research Fellowship
Diana WeissbeckDiana K. Weissbeck, AuD Student
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Mentor: Julie Honaker, PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Development of a Head Shake Postural Control Protocol for Potential Use in Concussion Assessment


Student Research Forum

Sponsored annually with a generous gift from Plural Publishing, Inc.

Reaghan AlbertReaghan Albert, BS
University of Northern Colorado
Research Advisor: Tina M. Stoody, PhD, University of Northern Colorado
cVEMP Measures in Adolescents



Vijayalakshmi EaswarVijayalakshmi Easwar, MSc

National Centre for Audiology, Western University
Research Advisors: David Purcell, PhD, National Centre for Audiology, Western University; Susan Scollie, PhD, National Centre for Audiology, Western University; Steve Aiken, PhD, School of Human Communication Disorders, Dalhousie University
Speech-evoked Envelope Following Responses as an Objective Aided Outcome Measure


Jennifer Gonzalez Jennifer Gonzalez, BA

University of Connecticut
Research Advisor: Frank Musiek, PhD, University of Connecticut
Onset-Offset N1-P2 Response Comparisons: A Possible Index for Tinnitus Verification


Sarah LaurelloSarah Laurello, BA

University of Northern Colorado
Research Advisor: Tina M. Stoody, PhD, University of Northern Colorado
Attitudes of Audiologists Toward Individuals with Multiple Disabilities



Laura Street Laura Street, MA

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Research Advisor: Mark Warchol, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Proliferation Patterns in Zebrafish Neuromasts Following Cisplatin Toxicity

James Jerger Awards for Excellence in Student Research

Sponsored annually with a generous gift from an anonymous donor.

Sarah ObarowskiSarah Obarowski
University of North Carolina
Contributors: Marcia Adunka, AuD, University of North Carolina; Margaret Dillon, AuD, University of North Carolina; English King, AuD, University of North Carolina; Ellen Pearce, AuD, University of North Carolina
Optimization of FSP and HDCIS: Influence on Speech Perception


Brandon Fluegel Brandon Fluegel
University of South Florida
Contributors: Ross Andel, PhD, University of South Florida; Jerri Edwards, PhD, University of South Florida; Aryn Harrison, PhD, University of South Florida; Jennifer Lister, PhD, University of South Florida; Courtney Matthews, BS, University of South Florida
Neurophysiological Indicators of Early-Stage Cognitive Decline


Karla Quinones Karla Quinones
, BS
Northwestern University
Co-Presenter: Jason Sanchez, PhD, Northwestern University
Contributors: Suzanne LaBelle, Northwestern University
Mechanisms Underlying Short-Term Synaptic Plasticity in the Auditory Brainstem


Lindsey RentmeesterLindsey Rentmeester, AuD

Vanderbilt University
Contributors: Fred Bess, PhD, Vanderbilt University; Benjamin Hornsby, PhD, Vanderbilt University; Alexandra Key, PhD, Vanderbilt University; Amelia Shuster, BA, Vanderbilt University
Objective Measures of Fatigue in Children with and Without Hearing Loss


Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Travel Awards

Sarah Hayes
University at Buffalo
Noise-induced Hearing Loss Alters Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Activity in Rats

Ian Mertes

University of Iowa
Repeatability and Stability of Medial Olivocochlear Reflex Effects on Short- and Long-latency Transient-evoked Otoacoustic Emissions

Alexandra Parbery-Clark
Northwestern University
Musical Experience and Hearing Loss: Perceptual, Cognitive and Neural Benefits

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