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 OUR LAB 

LAB DIRECTOR

Samira Anderson. Au.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland.  After practicing as a clinical audiologist for 26 years, she decided to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Auditory Neuroscience at Northwestern University to better understand the hearing difficulties experienced by her patients, especially in challenging listening situations. She obtained her Ph.D. in December of 2012 and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in January of 2013.  Dr. Anderson’s research focuses on the effects of development, aging, and hearing loss on central auditory processing, using electrophysiology as her primary assessment tool.  She also aims to define neuroplasticity in response to different forms of treatment, such as hearing aid amplification, cochlear implantation, and auditory training.

POSTDOC
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Chengjie (Gary) Huang, Ph.D. Chengjie (Gary) Huang is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at University of Maryland College Park. His primary interest is in how sensory systems utilize various strategies to solve problems encountered in the environment. Trained as an animal physiologist in his Ph.D. at McGill University and his first postdoc at University College London, he investigated questions pertaining to the electrosensory system in Weakly-electric Fish and the auditory system in the Mongolian Gerbil respectively. Here at UMD, he is interested in extending his work to the human auditory system, focusing on simultaneous electrophysiology and pupillometry measurements to understand how the brain processes speech sounds and the role of listening effort in age-related hearing loss individuals. 

PH.D. STUDENTS
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Ebtesam Sajjadi, M.Sc.

AU.D. STUDENTS
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Taylor Beinke, B.A. Taylor is currently an Audiology student at the University of Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland in the Fall of 2022 with her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences. She is currently interested in pursuing a Ph.D. after completing her Au.D. She wants to work with vestibular disorders after she graduates.

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Kendell Adson, B.A.

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Ralph Johnson

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
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Milena Constantino

COLLABORATORS

Jonathan Simon, Ph.D. Departments of Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland,  www.isr.umd.edu/Labs/CSSL/simonlab/Home

Sandra Gordon-Salant, Ph.D. Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland, www.umdhearinglab.com

Matthew Goupell, Ph.D. Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland, apmlab.squarespace.com

Hamish Innes-Brown, Bionics Institute, Melbourne, Australia, www.bionicsinstitute.org/our-staff/Pages/hamish-brown

FORMER STUDENTS & POST-DOCS

Abbey Poe, B.A.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Logan Fraser, Au.D.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Current position: Clinical Audiologist

Amara Ezenwa, Au. D.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Mary Zhou, Au. D.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Current position: Audiology Resident

Sydney Hancock, B.A

Alexandra Papanicolau, Au.D.

Aakriti Mahajan, B.A.

Nicole Balassone, B.A. 

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Current position: Doctoral student in Clinical Audiology at Northwestern University

Alessandra Vidal, B.A.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Current position: Doctoral student in Clinical Audiology at the University of Maryland, College Park

Lindsay DeVries, Au.D., Ph.D.

Former HBL Post-Doctoral Researcher

Graduated from University of Washington with an Au.D. and Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences

Current position: Research Audiologist

Alessandro Presacco, Ph.D.

Former HBL Post-Doctoral Researcher

Graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

Graduated from University of Padua with a Laurea (5-year Italian Degree) in Electronic Engineering

Graduated from University of Miami with a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering

Alanna Schloss, Au.D.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Current position: Clinical Audiologist

Rachel Zimmerman, Au.D. 

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Current position: Clinical Audiologist

Alyson Schapira, Au.D. 

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Current position: Clinical Audiologist

Jennifer Borja, B.A.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Current position: Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Audiology at the University of Maryland, College Park

Caitlin Le, B.A.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Current position: Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Audiology at the University of Maryland, College Park

Zilong Xie, Ph.D.

Former HBL Post-Doctoral Researcher

Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin

Current position: Professor at the University of Kansas

Lindsey Roque, Au.D. 

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Current position: Clinical Audiologist in medical setting

Einat Korman, B.A.

Current position: Masters student in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Maryland, College Park 

Bridget McNamara, B.A.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Current position: Doctoral student in Clinical Audiology at the University of Maryland, College Park

Ariella Shapiro, B.A.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Current position: Doctoral student in Clinical Audiology at the University of Texas at Dallas 

Alexandra Papanicolaou, B.A.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Current position: Doctoral student in Clinical Audiology at the University of Maryland, College Park 

Anhelina Bilokon, B.A.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Current position: Doctoral student in Clinical Audiology at the University of Maryland, College Park

Vera Yevsukov

Current position: Pre-med Undergraduate student at UMD majoring in Neurobiology & Physiology and Russian Language

Veeda Baradar, B.A. 

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Current position: Doctoral student in Clinical Audiology at the University of Maryland, College Park

Johnathon O'Neal, B.A.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Current position: Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Audiology at at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.

Reynier Hernandez, B.S.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Current position: Preparing for medical school

Danielle King, B.A.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Current position: Doctoral candidate in Clinical Audiology at the University of Maryland, College Park

Hanin Karawani

Current position: Researching Auditory Neuroscience in Haifa, Israel

Kaitlyn Sheapp, B.A.

Graduated from Gallaudet University with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Current position: Clinical Audiologist

Andrea Kaplanges, B.A.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences

Julie Mehta

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park

Miranda Velasquez

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park

​Erica Thomas, B.S. 

Current position: Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Sumaiya DeLane 
Visiting student from the Neuroscience department at Vanderbilt University


​Kimberly Jenkins, Au.D. 

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Current position: Audiologist at Metropolitan Neuroear Group, Rockville, MD

Lauren Evans, Au.D. 
Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Current position: Clinical Audiologist


​Rachel Lieberman, Au.D. 

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Current position: Audiologist at Advanced Hearing Group, Baltimore, MD

​R.B. Ellis, Au.D. 

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology

Current position: Audiologist at San Diego Hearing Center, San Diego, CA

​Maeve Salanger, Au.D.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology


Calli Fodor, Au.D.
Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology


Erin Walker, B.S. 
​Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park

Arielle Abrams, Au.D.
Graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology


Rachel Stein, M.A.
Current position: Speech-Language Pathologist

Meg Graves, B.A.
Current position: Post-graduate training in public health at the University of Maryland, College Park

Eve Kronzek, Au.D.

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology


Courtney Wallace, Au.D.
Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology


Jen Chisholm, Au.D.
Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology


Tarah Chibber, B.S. 
Former position: Pre-med training 

Rachel King, Au.D.
Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Doctorate of Clinical Audiology


Kurt Erhardt, B.S. 
Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Neurobiology & Physiology (Pre-Med)
Current Position: Medical student (2015 - Present)

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