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The Team: Spring 2018
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Meet the team

Brittan Barker

Dr. Brittan Barker is the director of the Spoken Language Processing 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.

Shea Long is an Audiology Doctoral Candidate in her third year at Utah State University. Her research during her undergraduate career focused on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is currently expanding her interests to include the expectations that individuals with hearing loss have for their hearing technologies, as well as speech intelligibility. When she’s not in the Spoken Language Processing lab you can find her in our sister lab at USU, Dr. Sarah Leopold’s Speech and Auditory Perception Lab. Shea plans to ultimately work as a clinical researcher and continue exploring intervention methods for use with people with hearing loss.

Caitlyn Ritter completed her undergraduate studies at James Madison University in Virginia. She is currently working on earning her Au.D. 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. Caitlyn enjoys hiking in her free time and although she was sad to say goodbye to her favorite hikes in the Appalachians, she loves exploring all the trails that Utah has to offer.

Megan Ririe is first-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.

Nicole Trusty is from Peachtree City, Georgia and is currently a senior at Utah State University studying Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She would like to pursue a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and work with children in a clinical setting. In her spare time Nicole loves sports, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Katherine Van Wagoner is in her second year of her undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She is working as an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Spoken Language Processing Lab and is a member of the USU Honors Program. Upon graduation from Utah State University, she plans to pursue a masters 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.

Amanda Miller is completing her last year as an undergraduate student at Utah State University. She is majoring in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, and minoring in English and American Sign Language. After completing her undergraduate degree, she aims to pursue a clinical Doctorate in Audiology and specializing in pediatric cochlear implantation. Amanda loves working with people and solving puzzles. In her spare time she loves to dance, travel, or do anything outside.

Emma Brown is from Geneva, Illinois and is currently a Sophomore at Utah State University. For her bachelors degree, she is studying Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, and will pursue her masters 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.

Kelsey Chandler will begin her first year in the Audiology Doctoral program at Utah State University this fall.

Shannon Edelman will begin her first year in the Audiology Doctoral program at Utah State University this fall.

Kylie Madsen will begin her first year in the Audiology Doctoral program at Utah State University this fall.

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 snow boarding and hiking.

Alumni

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

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 Dilday

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