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National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR)

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Gabrielle Saunders, Ph.D.

E-Mail:  gabrielle.saunders@va.gov
Telephone:  503-220-8262 x56210
Fax:  503-721-1402

Current Appointments

  • Associate Director, NCRAR
  • Staff Investigator
  • Associate Professor, Dept. Otolaryngology, Oregon Health and Science University

Research Interests 

Psychosocial issues in hearing loss, hearing health behaviors, development and evaluation of outcomes measures, effects of dual sensory impairment upon auditory function, education to prevent noise-induced hearing loss, and interventions for auditory disorders associated with mild traumatic brain injury.

Ongoing Research Projects

  • Health Behavior Change in Adults with Hearing Impairment (PI). Funded by Eriksholm Research Center, Oticon A/S, Denmark), 2013-2015
  • A Simplified Patient Centered Educational Tool for Improved Hearing Aid Outcomes (Co-PI). Funded by VA RR&D, 2013-2016
  • Community-Based Kiosks for Hearing Screening and Education (Co-I). Funded by NIH-NIDCD, 2013-2016
  • Blast-Exposed Veterans with Auditory Complaints (Co-I). Funded by VA RR&D, 2014-1017
  • Comparison of Three Types of Hearing Aids for Tinnitus (Co-PI). Funded by Phonak. 2013-2015

 Other Funding

  • National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (Co-PI). Funded by VA RR&D, 2012-2017
  • Beyond the Audiology Clinic: Innovations and Possibilities in Connected Health conference grant (PI). Funded by NIH-NIDCD, 2013-2014
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant - T35 (PI). Funded by NIH-NIDCD

Ongoing External Collaborations

Selected Recent Publications

Saunders GH, Vachhani, J, Galvez G, Griest S. Formative evaluation of a multimedia self-administered computerized hearing loss prevention program. International Journal of Audiology, in review.  

Chisolm TH, Saunders GH. Connected AR: Evidence and Need for a Patient-Centered Approach. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, in review. 

Jacobs PG, Saunders GH. (2014). New opportunities and challenges for teleaudiology within the VA. Guest editorial. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 51(5):vii–xii. http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.04.0093

Saunders GH (2014). Teleaudiology. Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging: Workshop Summary. Chapter 6 Innovative Models: Teleaudiology 61-64. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014.

Saunders GH, Frederick MT, Chisolm TH, Silverman S, Arnold M, Myers P. (2014). Use of a Frequency-Modulated System for Veterans with Blast Exposure, Perceived Hearing Problems, and Normal Hearing Sensitivity. Seminars in Hearing, 35(3):227-238.

Dullard B, Saunders GH. (2014). Documentation of Dual Sensory Impairment in Electronic Medical Records. The Gerontologist, 2014 May 20. pii: gnu032. [Epub ahead of print]

Saunders GH, Dann SM, Griest, SE, Frederick MT. (2014). Development and evaluation of a questionnaire to assess Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors towards hearing loss prevention. International Journal of Audiology, 53(4):209-18.

Echt, KE, Saunders, GH. (2014). Accommodating Dual Sensory Loss in Everyday Practice. Invited article for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Sig 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, 19:4-16; doi:10.1044/gero19.1.1

Saunders GH, Jutai, J. (2014). Measuring outcomes using the Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Technologies for Hearing. Audiology Practices 6(1):18-25.

Chisolm TH, Saunders GH, Frederick MT, McArdle RA, Smith SL, Wilson RH. (2013) Learning to Listen Again: The Role of Compliance in Auditory Training for Adults with Hearing Loss. American Journal of Audiology, American Journal of Audiology, 22(2):339-42

Saunders GH, Frederick MT, Silverman S, Papesh M. (2013). Application of the health belief model: Development of the hearing beliefs questionnaire (HBQ) and its associations with hearing health behaviors. International Journal of Audiology, 52(8):558-567.

McMillan G, Hanson T, Saunders GH, Gallun F. (2013). A two-component circular regression model for repeated measures auditory localization data. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series C, 62:515-534

Jacobs PG, Saunders GH. (2013). Leveraging smart phone technology to realize a system of teleaudiology. Invited article for Hearing Views@Hearing health & technology Matters! Available at: http://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingviews/2013/leveraging-smart-phone-technology-to-realize-a-system-of-teleaudiology/ 

Cienkowski KM, Saunders GH. (2013). An Examination of Hearing Aid Counseling Implemented by Audiologists. Invited article for American Speech Language Hearing Association SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation. 20:67-76; doi:10.1044/arii20.2.67 

Selected Presentations from 2013-2014

Saunders, GH. (2014). Application of Health Behavior Theory to hearing health behaviors or Why we do what we do when it comes to our hearing and health? Keynote presentation at University of Washington Experience Auditory Rehabilitation (UW EAR 2014). Seattle, WA, September 15. 

Saunders, GH. (2014). Health Behavior Change in Adults with Hearing Impairment. Oral presentation at the International Hearing Aid Conference (IHCON). Lake Tahoe, CA, August 13-16.

Pursley A, Saunders GH. (2014). Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviors and Noise Exposure of Baristas. Poster presented at the International Hearing Aid Conference (IHCON). Lake Tahoe, CA, August 13-16.

Frederick MT, Saunders GH, Silverman S, Laplante-Lévesque A (2014). Health Behavior Change in Adults with Hearing Impairment. Poster presented at the American Auditory Society meeting, Scottsdale AZ, March 6-8.

Middaugh J, Saunders GH, Frederick MT, Silverman, S. (2014). Adaptation of the International Outcome Inventory for Hearing Aids (IOI-HA) for listening in quiet and in noise. Poster presented at the American Auditory Society meeting, Scottsdale AZ, March 6-8.

Undayashankar, AP, Stansell M, Saunders GH, Jacobs PG. (2014). Correlations between lip contours and modulation envelopes in speech. Poster presented at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology 37th Annual MidWinter Meeting. San Diego, CA, Feb 22-26.

Saunders, GH. (2014) Teleaudiology: The future of Audiology? Invited presentation for Hearing Loss and Health Aging. An IOM-NRC Workshop. Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies, Washington DC January 13-14.

Saunders GH, Pratt S (2013). Diagnosis and Management of Central Auditory Defects. Invited Cyberseminar for VA Health Services Research and Development Service series Mild TBI Diagnosis and Management Strategies. Nov 21.

Saunders. GH. (2013). Health behavior change and hearing rehabilitation. Invited seminar presented at ASHA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, Nov 14-16

Saunders GH, Gallun FJ, Hutter M, Lewis MS, Frederick MT, Arnold M, Chisolm TH, Myers PJ, Leek MR. (2013). Auditory Processing and Rehabilitation following blast exposure and mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). Seminar presented at ASHA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, Nov 14-16.

Saunders, GH. (2013). Hearing Heath Behavior Change. Invited presentation at Oregon Academy of Audiology meeting, October 25.

Saunders GH, Frederick MT (2013). Application of Health Behavior Theory to hearing health behaviors. Invited presentation at Aging and Speech Communication: Fifth International and Interdisciplinary Research Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington IN, October 6-9.

Dullard, B, Saunders GH. (2013). A Qualitative Investigation of Service Provision in the Dual Sensory Impaired Population. Poster presented at Aging and Speech Communication: Fifth International and Interdisciplinary Research Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington IN, October 6-9.

For additional information on research, presentations and publications see: complete CV