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National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR)


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The NCRAR is cultivating a community of clinicians, research scientists, and scholars who can address the communicative, economic, psychosocial, and vocational issues associated with auditory disorders. The Center is unique because of the broad range of professionals who work together with a focus on delivering rehabilitative therapeutics within the lifetime of the Veteran, with the greatest effectiveness and in a way that promotes efficiency.

Currently, more than 40 professionals are engaged in a variety of research and development activities of the NCRAR. Working alongside auditory research scientists and audiologists, it is commonplace to find such other professionals as healthcare educators, immunologists, otolaryngologists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, oncologists, and speech-language pathologists.



M. Patrick Feeney, Ph.D. Director
Gabrielle Saunders, Ph.D. Associate Director
Patrick Helt, M.A. Deputy Director, Administrative Officer
Bonnie Becker Administrative Special Assistant
Steve Lathrop Budget Analyst
Bryan Shaw Program Support Assistant

Principal Investigators

Curtis Billings, Ph.D. Electrophysiology, auditory plasticity, and aging
Naomi Bramhall, Ph.D. Electrophysiology, “hidden” hearing loss
Michelle Cameron, M.D., PT, MCR Falls, imbalance and functional mobility in multiple sclerosis
Kathleen Carlson, M.S., Ph.D. Epidemiology, Health Services research, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), tinnitus
M. Patrick Feeney, Ph.D. Peripheral auditory function, hearing screening, and aging 
Robert Folmer, Ph.D. Hearing conservation, tinnitus
Frederick (Erick) Gallun, Ph.D. Psychoacoustics and cognitive processing
James Henry, Ph.D. Tinnitus
Laurie King, Ph.D., PT Traumatic brain injury, gait and balance, rehabilitation
Dawn Konrad-Martin, Ph.D. Peripheral auditory function, aging, diabetes & ototoxicity 
Michelle Molis, Ph.D. Speech perception
Melissa Papesh, Ph.D. Au.D. Clinical auditory neuroscience 
Robert Peterka, Ph.D. Balance control, sensory integration, vestibular disorders 
Gabrielle Saunders, Ph.D. Hearing aid outcomes & hearing conservation 
Sarah Theodoroff, Ph.D. Tinnitus, sound tolerance disorders, psychoacoustics

 Research Staff

Cody Blankenship, B.S. Research Assistant
Keri O'Connell Bennett, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Megan Cheslock, B.A. Research Assistant
Christie Choma, B.S. Research Assistant
Serena Dann, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Melissa Frederick, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Angela Garinis, Ph.D. Research Audiologist
Jane Gordon, M.S. Research Audiologist
Susan Griest, M.P.H. Database Manager
Leslie Grush, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Wendy Helt, M.A. Grants Administrator, Lead Research Audiologist
Andrea Hildebrand Research Assistant
Kasey Jakien, B.A. Research Assistant
Christine Kaelin, MBA Research Program Manager
Sean Kampel, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Bevin Madden, B.S. Research Assistant
Brandon Madsen, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Candice Manning, Ph.D., Au.D. Research Audiologist
Mark McCranie Research Coordinator
Daniel McDermott, M.A. Research Audiologist
Joseph Nadeau Research Assistant
Tina Penman, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Daniel Putterman, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Chandra Roberts, B.A. Research Assistant
Jason Rukavina, M.P.H. Research Assistant
Erin Robling, B.A. Research Assistant
Amie Roten, B.A. Research Assistant
ShienPei Silverman, M.A. Research Coordinator
Meghan Stansell, B.S. Research Assistant
Emily Thielman, M.S. Research Coordinator & Statistician
Jay Vachhani, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Tara Zaugg, Au.D. Research Audiologist

Engineer and Technical Support Staff

Distinguished Scholars in Residence

  • NCRAR Founder: Stephen A. Fausti, Ph.D., Hearing Conservation
  • James Jerger, Ph.D., Auditory Event-related Potentials 

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Will Bologna, Ph.D.
  • Apollonia Fox, Ph.D.
  • Tess Koerner, Ph.D., Au.D.
  • Ramesh Muralimanohar, Ph.D.
  • Kelly Reavis, M.S., M.P.H.

Au.D. 4th Year Externs (2017-2018)

  • Lauren Dillard, B.S.
  • Michael Kurth, B.A.
  • Christopher Niemczak, B.S.

Associate Investigators

  • Marilyn Dille, Ph.D.
  • M. Samantha Lewis, Ph.D.
  • Erin Martz, Ph.D.