Meet the Lab
Benjamin W.Y. Hornsby is an Associate Professor of Audiology in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He received his master’s and PhD degrees in audiology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and currently teaches AuD, and PhD students within the department. Dr. Hornsby’s research focuses on the perceptual consequences of hearing loss, and how these consequences affect speech recognition, communication and benefit from hearing aids and cochlear implants. His current work examines relationships between speech processing deficits, cognitive processing demands and listening-related fatigue in adults and children with hearing loss. Research Gate
Ronan McGarrigle is a Research Fellow in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his undergraduate degree (BSc First-class honours in Psychology) and PhD at the University of Manchester, under the supervisor of Professor Kevin Munro and Dr. Piers Dawes and Dr. Andrew Stewart. Ronan then went on to do a post-doctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital under the supervision of Professor David Moore, before joining the Listening and Learning Lab in August, 2016. Dr. McGarrigle’s research focuses on using self-report, behavioral, and physiological methods to investigate listening-related effort and fatigue in adults and children. Ronan has joined the Hearing and Communication Research Lab to continue this pursuit.
Virginia Rich is an audiology doctoral student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Class of 2018. She has been a research assistant in the Hearing and Communication Research Lab since 2015 and has been involved with several research projects including the development of a fatigue scale and the R21 fatigue study. She is currently in the process of completing her AuD Capstone on fatigue in cochlear implant users. Virginia is originally from Cincinnati, OH and got her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the College of Wooster. Virginia will complete her fourth-year externship at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University during the 2017-2018 school year.
Claire Umeda is an audiology doctoral student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in audiology from University of California Santa Barbara. During this time, Claire served on the national Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) humanitarian and education committees. Claire completed a long-term traineeship through the Vanderbilt Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. She first joined the Hearing and Communication Research Lab as a volunteer for pediatric listening fatigue research and is currently completing her capstone on listening fatigue in young adults with hearing loss. Her research interests include outcomes for children with hearing loss, cochlear implants, and evoked potential testing. Claire will complete her fourth-year externship at the University of Virginia during the 2017-2018 school year.
Caitlin Dold is an Audiology doctoral student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Caitlin completed her B.A. in Sociology and Deaf Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Before returning to school, she worked as a case manager for Deaf and hard of hearing adults who had intellectual disabilities, and as an American Sign Language interpreter. She joined the Hearing and Communication Research Lab in the Fall of 2016, and will be presenting the Lab’s research at ASHA 2017 “Initial Development of the Vanderbilt Fatigue Scale for Adults with Hearing Loss (VFS-AHL)”