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National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR)

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Kelly Reavis, Ph.D., M.S., MPH

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Telephone: 503-220-8262 x58070

Current appointments:

Research Investigator, NCRAR, VA Portland Healthcare System
Assistant Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Oregon Health & Science University

Research interests:

Dr. Reavis’s primary research area focuses on risk factors for, and distribution of, auditory injuries among Veterans and aging adults. Specifically, she aims to fill gaps in our foundational understanding of the burden of hearing loss and epidemiologic associations between military exposures and hearing both during and after service, and mechanisms that can explain these effects. Additionally, Dr. Reavis’s research interests also include the impact of viral diseases on hearing health and their intersection with chronic disease to inform audiologic care. 

Research projects:

Long-term Effects of Noise and Other Exposures on Auditory Functioning in Post-9/11 Veterans: NOISE Study 3.0
Principal Investigator: Kathleen F. Carlson, PhD
Agency: VA Rehabilitation Research & Development
Dates: 04/21-03/25
Role: Co-Investigator

Auditory Rehabilitation Needs in COVID-19 Survivors
Principal Investigator: Kelly M. Reavis, PhD
Agency: VA Rehabilitation Research & Development
Dates: 12/21-11/23

Effects of Military Noise Exposure on Auditory Function in Service Members and Recently Discharged Veterans
Principal Investigator: Kelly M. Reavis, PhD
Agency: DoD Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program
Dates: 03/22-02/25

Selected publications:

Reavis KM., Bisgaard N, Canlon B, Dubno JR, Frisina RD, Hertzano R, Humes LE, Mick P, Phillips NA, Pichora-Fuller MK, Shuster B, Singh G. Sex-linked biology and gender-related research is essential to advancing hearing health. Ear and Hearing: published ahead-of-print November 17, 2022 - Volume - Issue - 10.1097/AUD.0000000000001291.

Torre P, Reavis KM. Fundamentals of Epidemiology for the Audiologist. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 6(5), 1113-1122.

Reavis KM, Snowden JM, Henry JA, Gallun F, Lewis, MS, Carlson KF. Blast Exposure and Self-Reported Hearing Difficulty in Service Members and Veterans who have Normal Pure-Tone Hearing Sensitivity: The Mediating Role of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 64(11), 4458-4467. 2021 Editor’s Award (JSLHR-Hearing).

Griest SE, Bramhall NF, Reavis KM, Theodoroff SM, Henry JA. Development and Initial Validation of the Lifetime Exposure to Noise and Solvents Questionnaire (LENS-Q) in US Service Members and Veterans. American Journal of Audiology, 30(3S), 810-824.

Prewitt A, Harker G, Gilbert TA, Hooker E, O’Neil ME, Reavis KM, Henry JA, Carlson KF. Mental Health Symptoms among Veteran VA Users by Tinnitus Severity: A Population-based Survey. Military Medicine, 2021, 186(Suppl 1), 167-175.

Reavis KM, McMillan GP, Carlson KF, Joseph AR, Griest S, Snowden JM, Henry JA. (2021). Occupational Noise Exposure and Longitudinal Hearing Changes in Post-9/11 US Military Personnel During an Initial Period of Military Service. Ear and Hearing, 42(5), 1163-1172. Nominated for the 2021 Editors’ Award.

Henry JA, Griest S, Reavis KM, Grush L, Theodoroff SM, Young S, Thielman EJ, Carlson K. Noise Outcomes in Servicemembers Epidemiology (NOISE) Study: Design, Methods, and Baseline Results. Ear and Hearing, 42(4), 870-885.

Henry JA, Reavis KM, Griest S, Thielman EJ, Theodoroff S, Grush L, Carlson KF. Tinnitus: An epidemiologic perspective. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, 2020, 53, 481-499 (invited article).
Reavis KM, Henry JA, Marshall, LM, Carlson KM. Prevalence of Depression Symptoms and Perceived Anxiety among Community-Dwelling US Adults Reporting Tinnitus. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 2020, 5, 959-970.

Theodoroff SM, Reavis KM, Griest SE, Carlson KF, Hammill TL, Henry JA. Decreased sound tolerance associated with blast exposure. Scientific Reports, 2019, 9(1), 10204.

Selected presentations:

Reavis KM, Grush L, Henry JA, Theodoroff SM, Helt W, Sonstroem A, Carlson KF. Multimorbid military TBI, PTSD, and tinnitus in a Veteran cohort. Poster presentation at American Auditory Society, Virtual, February 2022.

Sonstroem A, Thapa S, Henry JA, Schultz J, Esquivel C, Carlson K, Helt W, Theodoroff SM, Lewis SM, Smith B, Reavis KM. Associations Between Otologic Conditions, Traumatic Brain Injury, Blast, and Self-reported Dizziness in Post-9/11 Service Members and Veterans. Poster presentation at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research 10th Biennial Conference, Virtual, September 2021.

Henry JA, Grush LD, Reavis KM. Hearing loss & tinnitus in Service members: Impacts and trajectories. Invited oral presentation at the Collaborative Auditory & Vestibular Research Network (CAVRN) Annual Meeting, Virtual, March 2021.

Reavis KM, Carlson KF, Holmer HK, Helt WJ, Thielman EJ, Henry JA. Associations between military TBI, PTSD, and chronic tinnitus in a Veteran cohort. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association annual conference, Virtual, October 2020.

Reavis KM. Epidemiology of hearing loss worldwide. Invited oral presentation at Reconnect Audiology Network, South Africa, October 2020 (CEUs offered).

Reavis KM, Snowden JM, Henry JA, Gallun F, Helt W, Carlson KF. Blast exposure and self-reported hearing difficulty: Mediating role of PTSD. Podium presentation at the Annual Scientific and Technology Conference of the American Auditory Society in Scottsdale, AZ, March 2020.

Reavis KM, McMillan GP, Carlson KF, Joseph AR, Griest SE, Snowden JM, Henry JA. Longitudinal hearing threshold changes in US Service members. Poster presentation at the Collaborative Auditory and Vestibular Research Network (CAVRN) Conference in Lexington, MA, June 2019.