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Melissa Papesh, Ph.D., Au.D.

Telephone: 503-220-8262 x52015

Current appointments:

Research investigator, NCRAR

Research interests:

Dr. Papesh's primary research interests involve auditory neuroscience. Using a combination of behavioral and electrophysiological measures, she hopes to better understand how neural processes support auditory perception in normally functioning systems, and how neurological dysfunction from conditions such as head injury and aging impact auditory function.  Dr. Papesh has a dual PhD in Neuroscience and Hearing Science, and she is a licensed audiologist.

Research projects:

  • Impact of Blast-Induced TBI on Speech Understanding in Noise, VA Office of Academic Affiliations, Advanced Fellowship in Polytrauma / Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, 2011 - 2015
  • Effects of Blast Exposure on Sensory Gating and Speech Perception in Noise, VA RR&D, Career Development Award, 2015 - 2017

Selected publications:

Papesh, Melissa A. and Hurley, Laura M. (under review) Modulation of Auditory Brainstem Responses by Serotonin, Hearing Research

Gallun, Frederick J.; Lewis, M. Samantha; Folmer, Robert L., Hutter, Michele; Papesh, Melissa A.; Belding, Heather; Leek, Marjorie R. (in revision). Chronic Effects of Exposure to High-Intensity Blasts: Results on Tests of Central Auditory Processing, Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development

Papesh, Melissa A.; Gallun, Frederick J. (2015). Auditory Impacts of Blast Exposure. Hearing Health & Technology Matters, Pathways: Neuroaudiology and Central Auditory Processing Disorders, available online 2/5/2015

Papesh, Melissa, Gallun, Frederick, Folmer, Robert, Hutter, Michele, Lewis M. Samantha, Belding, Heather, and Leek, Marjorie (2014). "Effects of blast exposure on central auditory processing." The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 136.4: 2291-2292.

Papesh, Melissa A.; Billings, Curtis J.; Baltzell, Lucas S. (2014). Background noise can enhance cortical auditory evoked potentials under certain circumstances.  Clinical Neurophysiology

Saunders, Gabrielle; Fredrick, Melissa; Silverman, ShienPei; Papesh, Melissa (2013). Application of the Health Belief Model to hearing health behaviors. International Journal of Audiology, 52(8), 558-567.

Billings, Curtis J.; Papesh, Melissa A.; Penman, Tina; Baltzell, Lucas; Gallun, Frederick (2012). Clinical use of aided cortical auditory evoked potentials as a measure of physiological detection or physiological discrimination. International Journal of Otolaryngology, 2012, 1 - 14.

Papesh, Melissa A.; Hurley, Laura M. (2012). Serotonergic innervation within the inferior colliculi of mice exposed to pure tone acoustic trauma. Hearing Research, 283(1-2), 89-97.

Selected presentations:

Papesh, Melissa A. (2015). "Blast Exposure and Central Auditory Processing: Using Research and Education to improve Care for Veterans", VA VISN20 Executive Leadership Council, Invited podium presentation

Gallun, Frederick J.; Folmer, Robert L., Papesh, Melissa A., Hutter, Michele; Belding, Heather; Leek, Marjorie R. (2015) "Behavioral and Electrophysiological Evidence of Central Auditory Processing Deficits in Blast-Exposed Veterans", Association for Research in Otolaryngology MidWinter Meeting, Baltimore MD, poster presentation

Papesh, Melissa A.; Gallun, Frederick J.; Hutter, Michele; Belding, Heather Belding; Lewis, M. Samantha; Folmer, Robert L.; Leek, Marjorie R. (2015) "Effects of Blast Exposure on Speech Perception", American Auditory Society, Scottsdale, AZ, poster presentation

Papesh, Melissa A., Gallun, Frederick J., Folmer, Robert L., Hutter, Michele, Belding, Heather, Lewis, M. Samantha, Leek, Marjorie R. (2014). "Effects of blast exposure on central auditory processing", Acoustical Society of America Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, Invited podium presentation

Papesh, Melissa A., Gallun, F.J., Leek, M.R., Billings, C.J., Folmer, R.L. and Storzbach, D. (2014). "Blast exposure impairs the brain's ability to modulate sensitivity to sensory information: Evidence from the Veteran population", National Neurotrauma Symposium, San Francisco, poster presentation

Papesh, Melissa A.; Gallun, Frederick J.; Folmer, Robert; Hutter, Michele; Grush, Leslie; Lewis, M. Samantha; and Leek, Marjorie R.  (2014). "Identifying Central Processing Disorders in Patients with Previous Blast Exposure", Joint Defense and Veterans Audiology Conference, podium talk

Papesh, Melissa A. (2013). "Serotonergic modulation of auditory brainstem responses", National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research Seminar Series, invited podium presentation