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The Team: Fall 2017
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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.

Madison Murphy is the Spoken Language Processing Lab’s manager. She is currently an Audiology doctoral candidate in the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education department of Utah State University. She is currently working on a project studying the effect of noise on the intelligibility among a variety of talkers. She is also working on research to understand the role of talker variability in spoken word learning by preschoolers with and without hearing loss. Following her graduate degree, Madison wants to spend her days as an audiologist in a clinical research setting.

Hannah Jones is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Audiology degree with a listening and spoken language emphasis at Utah State University. She is currently working on a clinical research project titled “Creating videos to accompany the Infant-Toddler Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale: A first step in improving intra-rater reliability”. She is also working on research to understand the role of talker variability in spoken word learning by preschoolers who use cochlear implants, along with a study to better understand the experiences of parents with children who use cochlear implants. Upon graduation she hopes to work with children who are deaf and use cochlear implants. In her spare time she enjoys skiing and hiking.

Dane is a second-year audiology doctoral student at Utah State University. He completed his undergraduate degree at BYU in Communication Disorders. He is currently a research assistant in Dr. Barker’s Spoken Language Processing Lab. Dane’s current research is advised by Dr. Sarah Leopold and explores the effects of talkers’ sex on speech perception. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and son. Dane wishes to pursue a career in a clinical setting.

Shea Long is an Audiology Doctoral Candidate in her second 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 researching intervention methods for use with people with hearing loss.

Taylor Chafin is a Utah State University alumnus who returned to complete her Doctorate of Audiology degree. Taylor is in her second year and is currently conducting research on the effect of noise on talker intelligibility in listeners with hearing loss. Taylor wishes to pursue a career in a clinical setting.

Caitlyn Ritter completed her undergraduates 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’s looking forward to exploring all the trails that Utah has to offer.

Makynzie Larsen earned her bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education from Utah State University. She is continuing her education by pursuing her Doctorate of Audiology.

Madison Buntrock is a senior undergraduate student at Utah State University who volunteers as a research assistant in Dr. Barker’s Spoken Language Processing Lab. Madison also works as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Renee Lucero’s lab. She is a part of USU’s Honors College and is a Service Learning Scholar. Madison also volunteers at Sound Beginnings, a Listening and Spoken Language preschool for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and the English Language Center, a facility to teach English to refugees. Madison plans to pursue her masters in speech-language pathology and ultimately her Ph.D.

Nicole Trusty is from Peachtree City, Georgia and is currently a junior at Utah State University studying Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She would like to pursue her 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.

Telesha Fricke, a Cache Valley native, graduated from Utah State’s undergraduate program in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education. She is thrilled to continue her education in Speech-Language Pathology here at USU. She’s even more excited to be pursing her Listening and Spoken Language emphasis while being involved in the Spoken Language Processing Lab. Telesha is grateful to be working with the amazing faculty and staff at USU who continuously push her in opening her mind, heart, and awareness to others. Telesha is looking forward to learning how to best serve children with hearing loss across the country and ultimately pursuing her Ph.D.

Megan Ririe is a senior at Utah State University. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, she will continue her education and pursue a masters degree in speech-language pathology. She eventually wants to work in a setting where she can help children with hearing loss. Megan loves learning and passionately pursues her education. When she is not doing homework, working on graduate school applications, or engaged in the lab, Megan loves to spend her time outside, with her friends and family, or with a good book.

Olivia Ponzetti hails from Washington state. She is currently completing her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a Listening and Spoken Language emphasis.

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

Maren Ulrich Buck

Kirany Gines Bennett

Alex Meibos

Megan Arcana Maurin

Isabelle Tabor Levy

Jennifer Ladmerlot

Chelsea Gibbons Daquanno

Rachelle Eugster

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