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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.

 

Administration 

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
Marilyn Dille, Ph.D. Ototoxicity, diabetes, hearing screening (in the field)
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 
Samantha Lewis, Ph.D. Auditory rehabilitation
Erin Martz, Ph.D. Coping with tinnitus
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.A. 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
Kasey Jakien, B.A. Research Assistant
Christine Kaelin, MBA Research Program Manager
Sean Kampel, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Brandon Madsen, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Candice Manning, Ph.D., Au.D. Research Audiologist
Mark McCranie Research Coordinator
Daniel McDermott, M.A. Research Audiologist
Tina Penman, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Daniel Putterman, Au.D. Research Audiologist
Chandra Roberts, B.A. Research Assistant
Erin Robling, B.A. Research Assistant
Amie Roten, B.A. Research Assistant
ShienPei Silverman, M.A. Research Assistant
Meghan Stansell, B.S. Research Assistant
Emily Thielman, M.S. Research Assistant
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 

Au.D. 4th Year Externs (2016-2017)

  • Sarah Faucette, East Carolina University
  • Nicole Fox, Central Michigan University
  • Caitlin Milligan, Pacific University
  • Alyssa Stefl, Northern Illinois University