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
PH.D. STUDENTS
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Jason Dunlap, B.A. is a doctoral student in the Hearing and Speech Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2018, he received a dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at CUNY Brooklyn College, where he was also a Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) scholar for two years. His research interests include disorders of auditory and multi-sensory processing as examined through cognitive measures such as electrocephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and eye-tracking.

AU.D. STUDENTS
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Abbey Poe, B.A. is a doctoral student in Clinical Audiology program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She graduated from UMD in Spring 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences. She took a year off before grad school and worked in the Hearing Brain Lab as a post-baccalaureate research assistant. Abbey is interested in working with adult populations.

Logan Fraser, B.A. is a doctoral student in the Clinical Audiology program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park in Fall 2018. She is interested in working with older adults to help them improve communication ability through the use of assistive technology.

Amara Ezenwa, B.S. is a doctoral student in the Clinical Audiology program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders from Florida State University in Spring 2019. In Fall of 2020, she received a 2-year Diversity Supplement to support her research efforts in Neuroplasticity in Auditory Aging from the National Institute on Aging. Her clinical interests include cochlear implants and hearing aids, and she is interested in working with patients across the lifespan. 

Mary Zhou, B.A. is a doctoral student in the Clinical Audiology program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in Fall 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences, and a double major in Psychology. Mary is interested in working with older adults and helping them through the use of assistive technologies.

Sydney Hancock, B.A. is a doctoral student in the Clinical Audiology program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences with a minor in Spanish Linguistics and Culture from UMD in 2019. She is primarily interested in working with cochlear implant users and the pediatric population.

Alexandra Papanicolaou, B.A is a doctoral student in the Clinical Audiology program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from UMD spring of 2020. She is interested in working with the pediatric population in educational settings along with cochlear implant users.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Aakriti Mahajan is an undergraduate pre-med student studying General Biology at the University of Maryland. She will be graduating in Spring 2023 and plans to pursue an MD-PhD degree upon graduation. She is interested in the use of auditory training to help improve speech processing in older adults.   

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, www.goupelllab.umd.edu

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

FORMER STUDENTS & POST-DOCS

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)