Meet the Team

The RERC is led by the Gallaudet University Technology Access Program. Our partners are the Gallaudet University Hearing Speech and Language Sciences Department, the Hearing Loss Association of America, Hands and Voices, the University of Iowa, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Pittsburgh, and Washington University in St. Louis.

RERC Leadership and Management 

Project R1: Enhanced Aural Rehabilitation for Adult Cochlear Implant Users via Telerehab Technology

      • Diane Brewer, MA, CCC-A (Investigator) Professor Emeritus, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, George Washington University
      • Claire Bernstein, PhD (Investigator) Research Audiologist and Adjunct Professor, Department of Hearing and Language Sciences, Gallaudet University
      • Bambang Parmanto, PhD (Consultant) Professor of Health Information Management and Computing & Information, University of Pittsburgh
      • I Wayan Pulantara (Graduate Student Researcher) Graduate Student Researcher, University of Pittsburgh
      • Andi Saptono, PhD (Researcher) Assistant professor in the Department of Health Information Management, University of Pittsburgh
Project R1 Clinical Sites
  • Cleveland Clinic: Dr. Sarah Sydlowski
  • Columbia University Medical Center: Dr. Jaclyn Spitzer
  • University of Kentucky Health Sciences Center: Dr. Anne Olson
  • University of Maryland-College Park: Dr. Paula Schauer

Project R2: User-Driven Customization of Cochlear Implant Programming

        • Bomjun Kwon, PhD (Investigator) Associate Professor, Department of Hearing and Language Sciences, Gallaudet University
        • Jill Firszt, PhD (Consultant) Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at Washington University School of Medicine
        • Laura Holden, AuD, CCC-A (Consultant) Research Scientist at the Cochlear Implant Program at Washington University School of Medicine
        • Jeffrey Cooper (Student Research Assistant) PhD student, Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences, Gallaudet University

Project R3: Validation of Hearing Aid Fitting for Infants and Toddlers

          • Phillip Gilley, PhD (Investigator) Research Associate, University of Colorado-Boulder, Institute of Cognitive Science
          • Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, PhD (Investigator) Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, University of Colorado-Boulder
          • Zoe Boxer (Student Research Assistant) Au.D. Candidate, University of Colorado-Boulder

Project D1: Development of a Consumer Model for a Technology-Focused Train-the-Trainer Program

  • Linda Kozma-Spytek, MA, CCC-A (Investigator) Senior Research Audiologist, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
  • Dahlia Shaewitz, MA (Investigator) Managing Researcher and Practice Area Director, American Institutes for Research
  • Liza Josias, MS (Project Staff) Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research
  • Alycia Busz, MA  (Project Staff) Research Associate, American Institutes for Research
  • Delphinia Brown, MEd (Project Staff) American Institutes for Research
  • Lise Hamlin (Project Staff) Director of Public Policy, Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Beth Torp (Project Staff) Coordinator, Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Janet DesGeorges (Project Staff) Executive Director, Hands & Voices
  • Lisa Kovacs (Project Staff) Director of Programs, Hands & Voices

Project D2: Context-Sensitive Assessment of Real-World Listening Situations via Integrated Smartphones and Hearing Aids

    • Yu-Hsiang Wu, MD, PhD (Investigator) Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa
    • Octav Chipara, PhD (Investigator) Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Iowa
    • Jason Galster, PhD (Consultant) Senior Manager of Audiology Research, Starkey Hearing Technologies

Project D3: Interactive Learning Environment for Optimizing Technology Use