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Meet The Lab

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Lab Email: fatiguestudy@vanderbilt.edu

DIRECTOR:

Fred H. Bess is the Director of the National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication and the Vickie and Thomas Flood Professor of Audiology in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences (DHSS). He served as Chair of DHHS, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from 1978 until 2009. Also, he served as Director of Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for more than 20 years. Dr. Bess completed his undergraduate education at Carthage College, his master’s degree at Vanderbilt University, and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. In 1969, he initiated and directed the Audiology Program at Central Michigan University, where he remained until joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 1976. Dr. Bess’ research has centered on minimal hearing loss in children including their developmental outcomes. Identification, and management. He has recently expanded his scope of study to investigate listening effort, stress and fatigue in pediatric hearing loss and the possible impact of these constructs on listening and learning.

Curriculum Vitae

PERSONNEL:

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.

Curriculum Vitae

S. Camarata
Stephen Camarata is Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences and an Associate Professor of Special Education. Dr. Camarata is the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Lab. He received his PhD in 1984 at Purdue University with a major in Audiology & Speech Sciences and a minor in Statistical Methods. Post doctoral appointments have been held at the University of Arizona (Speech & Hearing Sciences) and at the University of California, San Diego (in Cognitive Science). Dr. Camarata held faculty positions at Penn State University and in the Autism Research Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara prior to coming to Vanderbilt in 1990. He is also an Investigator at the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Development and Disabilities (serving as Acting Director of that Center from 1999-2002). Dr. Camarata’s research interests are focused on the identification and treatment of speech and language disorders in children, specifically children with autism, Down syndrome, phonological disorders, and language disorders.

Curriculum Vitae

Hilary Davis is the Project Coordinator for the Listening and Learning Lab.  She completed her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Texas at Austin and her Doctorate of Audiology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. As a pediatric audiologist, she sees patients in the clinic setting for hearing evaluations and hearing aid appointments, serves as an educational audiologist consultant for local school districts, and works in the research lab as a participant recruiter and data manager. She holds volunteer and elected positions through the American Academy of Audiology and the Educational Audiology Association. Her interests include fatigue in school-age children with hearing loss and working with educators for successful academic outcomes for their students.

VOLUNTEERS:

The Listening and Learning Lab enlists the help of many volunteers from our graduate programs to help with the day-to-day operations of our lab. Our current lab volunteers are Caitlin Dold (Au.D. graduate student), Sam Sekator (Au.D. graduate student), Keren Rosario-Ortiz (MDE graduate student), Aimee Grisham (Au.D. graduate student) and Melissa Henry (Au.D. graduate student).

PREVIOUS PERSONNEL:

Nick Bennett served as a research assistant for the Listening and Learning Lab during 2014.

Angela Chen worked as a research assistant in 2015. Angela is currently completing her Masters of Speech Language Pathology  at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Tonia Davis, PhD, CCC-SLP was with the Listening and Learning lab until she graduated in 2016.

Stone Dawson served as a work-study student for the Listening and Learning Lab in 2015.

Andy De Long, AuD, CCC-A, served as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Listening and Learning Lab from January 2012 to May 2013. Dr. De Long is currently employed as a clinical audiologist at the University Hospitals system in Cleveland, Ohio working with both children and adults.

Caralie Focht served as a work-study student for the Listening and Learning Lab from 2012 – 2015.

Emily Fustos served as a Graduate Research Assistant during her Doctorate of Audiology program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Elizabeth Geller worked as a research assistant for the Listening and Learning Lab in 2015.

Samantha Gustafson, Au.D., Ph.D., served as the Project Coordinator for the Listening Effort and Fatigue grant from 2012-2016. She is now a post-doctoral researcher at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Olivia Gutierrez, MS, CCC-SLP served as a graduate research assistant for the Listening and Learning Lab during her master’s program from 2013-2014.

Amanda Headley is an international student from Trinidad and Tobago who served as a Graduate Research Assistant in our lab during her Doctor of Audiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Lindsey Rentmeester, AuD, CCC-A, served as a research assistant, and later, as project coordinator for the Listening and Learning Lab.  She currently is employed with the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center as a Pediatric and Educational Audiologist.

Quela Royster served as a work-study student for the Listening and Learning Lab from 2014-2015. Quela recently began her graduate studies in Speech Language Pathology.

Sara Seckman served as a research assistant for the Listening and Learning Lab during 2014. Sara recently began her graduate studies in Audiology.

Becky Schoon, MS, CF-SLP served as a graduate research assistant for the Listening and Learning Lab during her master’s program from 2014-2015.

Amelia Shuster, AuD, CCC-A worked on the Listening Effort and Fatigue Study during her time as a graduate student in the Doctor of Audiology program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (January, 2012 – May, 2014).

Elizabeth Suba worked as a research assistant from 2015-2016. Beth graduated with her AuD from Vanderbilt University in May 2017.

Ronan McGarrigle, PhD, worked in the Listening and Learning Lab at a post-doctoral researcher from 2016-2017. He is currently a Lecturer at the University of Chester.

Maureen Virts, BS, worked in the lab as a graduate student. She is now in her fourth year of her Au.D. program and is completing her externship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Krystal Werfel, PhD, CCC-SLP, served as a post-doctoral trainee for the Listening and Learning lab from 2012 to 2013. She is currently an Assistant Professor at University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.