The Team: Fall 2018
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Dr. Brittan Barker is the director of the Aural Rehabilitation Lab at Utah State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Speech & Hearing Science and an M.S. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Iowa. She loves learning, teaching, and talking about cognitive science…especially when it’s focused on human listening. Despite growing up in south Louisiana, since joining the faculty at USU she developed a deep love for the mountain west. So, when she’s not in the lab, you can find her out on one of the many trails in the Wasatch Valley with her family and dog.

Kari Loehr is the manager of the Aural Rehabilitation lab and in her second year of the Audiology Doctoral program at Utah State University. She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota. Her main research focuses on adult speech perception. When she is not in the Aural Rehabilitation lab, she can be found in our sister lab, Dr. Sarah Leopold’s Speech and Auditory Perception lab. Kari’s main interests include listening technology, research focused on improving outcomes for those with hearing aids, research exploring patients’ perspectives of their audiological care, and general audiological diagnostics in an adult population. In her spare time, she enjoys playing board games, cleaning, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Caitlyn Ritter completed her undergraduate studies at James Madison University in Virginia. She is currently a 3rd year Au.D. student at Utah State University, with an emphasis in Listening and Spoken Language. Her research focuses on the experiences of adults with hearing loss who are prescribed hearing aids but choose not to use them. She ultimately plans to become a clinical audiologist, working in a multidisciplinary setting with individuals across the lifespan. She aspires to continue motivating individuals to become self-advocates for their hearing healthcare.

Kelsey Chandler is in her second year of the Audiology Doctoral program at Utah State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Her qualitative research in the lab involves interviewing parents of children who have cochlear implants and learning about their experiences. She also currently works in the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management lab at USU. She is interested in ultimately working as an audiologist in a hospital setting. Kelsey loves all kinds of music, especially playing the piano and the French horn. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with her family.

Kylie Madsen completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Utah. She is currently a second-year Au.D. student at Utah State University. Her main research focuses on adult hearing aid users and managing expectations. When she is not in the Aural Rehabilitation lab, she can be found in our sister lab, Dr. Sarah Leopold’s Speech and Auditory Perception lab. Kylie is fascinated with her studies and would ultimately like to work with cochlear implant users or in intraoperative monitoring. When she is not studying, she enjoys camping, reading, and baking.

Megan Ririe is second-year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology graduate program at Utah State University. Megan is pursuing her graduate degree with an emphasis in Listening and Spoken Language (LSL). She eventually wants to work in a setting where she can be a part of a transdisciplinary aural rehabilitation team and help children with hearing loss. Megan loves learning and passionately pursues her education. When she is not doing homework, working in the clinic, or engaged in the lab, Megan loves to spend her time outside, with her friends and family, or with a good book.

 

Katherine Van Wagoner is in the third year of her undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She is working as an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Aural Rehabilitation Lab and is a member of the USU Honors Program. Upon graduation from Utah State University, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She plans to work as a Speech Language Pathologist in an educational setting. Katherine currently works for USU teaching a Celtic Dance class. In her spare time, she loves Irish dancing, reading, playing games, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Emma Brown is from Geneva, Illinois and is currently a junior at Utah State University. For her bachelor’s degree, she is studying Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, and will pursue her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She loves working with children and spends the majority of her free time working in a daycare, babysitting, and volunteering at Sound Beginnings–an early-education program for children with hearing loss. She enjoys anything outdoors and is eager to learn anything and everything related to Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education.

Jared Drollette is currently a senior at Utah State University studying Communicative Disorders and American Sign Language. He would like to pursue a doctoral degree in Audiology.

Stephanie Johnson is currently a first-year Au.D. student at Utah State University. She is originally from North Dakota, and she received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of North Dakota. Stephanie loves to learn, and she is excited to work as a clinical audiologist in the future. Stephanie enjoys living in the scenic Cache Valley, and she has fun exploring local trails and visiting nearby lakes. Also, in her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, singing, cleaning, and reading.

 

Heather Reid completed her undergraduate degree at Utah State University. She is now continuing her education in our doctorate of audiology program where she is in her first year of study.

Tanner Robinson came to the Aural Rehabiliation lab by way of Boise, ID. He is a first-year student pursuing his Au.D.

Mary Ruff is a junior undergraduate student in her first year of the Communication Disorders and Deaf Education Program. She is also a member of the USU Honors Program. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she plans to continue her studies to receive her doctoral degree in Audiology and ultimately work with pediatrics. Mary is hoping to be able to also professionally offer her clinical services to families who don’t speak English and is preparing to do so by bettering her current foreign language skills and pursuing a minor in Spanish. In her spare time, Mary enjoys hiking, jumping into rivers, and playing sports with her friends and family.

Zoe Shore is in her freshman year at Utah State University.

Camilla Cox is from Ankeny, Iowa and she is currently serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Upon returning to Utah State University, Camilla will complete her undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology and is excited to work with the pediatric population. When she finds time for herself, she enjoys reading and embarking on small adventures. Since moving to Utah, she has picked up snowboarding and hiking.

Alumni

Shannon Edelman

Nicole Trusty

Amanda Miller

Shea Long

Dane Whittaker

Hannah Jones

Madison Murphy Gurries

Madison Buntrock

Taylor Chafin

Olivia Ponzetti

Telesha Fricke

Maren Ulrich Buck

Kirany Gines Bennett

Alex Meibos

Megan Arcana Maurin

Isabelle Tabor Levy

Jennifer Ladmerlot

Anne Schubert

Chelsea Gibbons Daquanno

Rachelle Eugster Enemuoh

Kelli Oser

Brianne Thibodeaux

Maggie Justice

Andrea Vargas

Bonnie Brown

Katrina Cochoff Sheaffer

Calli Dugas

Rebecca Erwin Glorioso

April Anderson

Litany Boudreaux Finley

Kallie LeBourgeois

Mary Elizabeth Davis Thomas

Alyse Aldridge

Lauren Biamonte Heiden

Cornetta Mosley

Katelyn Lanner

Camille Landry

Courtney Snyder Andrews

Kasie Gueringer LeBlanc

Ashley Marino

Kaylah Lalonde

Monica Mouch Holman

Adrienne Collins

Lindsay Meyer Turner