Meet Our Doctoral Students

Ph.D. Students

Henry Giovanny Angulo Jimenez

Henry Giovanny Angulo JimenezMy research concerns bilingualism in marked clinical populations, with a special interest in Spanish-English bilingualism in individuals on the autistic spectrum. Through my research, I aim to inform my own teaching practice and that of professionals in other fields to better serve all individuals.


Macarena Galvez Barrera

Macarena Galvez BarreraI am interested in the design of early intervention programs focused on language and communication for Hispanic children. I aim at integrating a psycholinguistic foundation with culturally relevant aspects for the idiosyncrasy of the immigrant families. I hope that through my research I will contribute to the Hispanic families’ welfare by offering them tools to support their children’s language development and academic success.


Caitlyn Boni

Caitlyn BoniI am interested in studying the development of early social communication in individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disorders. Currently, I am focusing on early social communication in infants with Down syndrome while considering the context of family, and how this can affect their early social communication.


Elizabeth Lydon

Elizabeth LydonI am returning to school after working as a speech-language pathologist in the adult-medical setting for 3 years. I am generally interested in conducting both basic and applied research in the area of cognitive-communication with patients who have neurodegenerative diseases. I hope that through my research I can develop evidence-based cognitive interventions while bridging the gap between the fields of neuroscience and speech-language pathology through interdisciplinary research. I am also passionate about teaching, and I hope to train our future clinicians to feel more comfortable treating patients with cognitive impairments.


Shraddha Shende

Shraddha ShendeMy research interests lie in understanding and discovering any link between hearing loss and cognition in the aging population. I am fascinated by the brain and its neuroplasticity! My goal is to study and discover intervention techniques which might help improve cognitive perceptions and processing in the elderly population with hearing loss. Eventually, I would like to contribute to translational research in the field.


Martha Sherrill

Martha SherrillI have returned to academics to pursue a doctoral degree after spending nine years working as a speech language pathologist in medical settings all around county. Clinically I specialized in treating adults with communication disorders as a result of brain injuries, such as strokes or traumas. Most recently I worked as a home health therapist, and I was struck by way rehabilitation efforts often focus narrowly on targeting impairments in the early weeks and months after an injury. In contrast, individuals and families continue to work on reorganizing and adapting their communication practices long after they stop being patients. My research is designed to address this issue by focusing on continued improvement of language patterns of people with brain injuries long after formal rehabilitation ends. My current project focuses on the use of Animal Assisted Therapy and the support that family and community can provide for patients recovering from chronic language impairments.


Simin Soleimanifar

Simin SoleimanifarSoleimanifar, Simin I’m a first year PhD student. My research interest is currently in cochlear implants. I enjoy the interdisciplinary nature of this topic that makes it connected to many other fields, and the unique way science and technology entangle and lead to improvements in design and evaluations that seemed impossible before. My specific research interest lies in the assessments of perceptual abilities in individuals with bilateral cochlear implants in different listening conditions.


Hannah Staisloff

Hannah StaisloffI am a first year Ph.D. student with an interest in Binaural Fusion in cochlear implants. My specific interests lie in interaural timing differences within cochlear implant recipients. After working here as an RA for two years here, I realized I wanted to enhance my knowledge further into learning about cochlear implants through pursuing a Ph.D.


Yihsin Tai

Yihsin TaiAfter working as a clinical audiologist for several years, I started to notice that the evidence-based path in tinnitus is not as strong as other areas in the field of audiology due to the difficulties in defining and identifying the origin of tinnitus. My research interests involve the effects of tinnitus on physiological assessments such as auditory evoked potentials, especially for normal hearing people. I am particularly interested in knowing the relationship between tinnitus and various physiological assessments, how these factors correlate with each other, and how they can be used clinically as part of tinnitus assessment and rehabilitation protocol.


Au.D. Students

Taylor Arenz

Taylor ArenzI chose the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the opportunity to explore diverse clinical settings and the opportunity to pursue both my AuD and PhD. I am currently interested in researching auditory neurodevelopment in infants. Being a former athlete whom has experienced and witnessed concussions, I am also interested in learning more about vestibular disorders and their correlation with traumatic brain injuries.


Andrea Arns

Andrea ArnsMy primary interest at this point is diagnostic testing and management options for all ages. I would love to get more experience with cochlear implants and early intervention for the pediatric population. However, I also have an interest in the geriatric population and would love to be in an environment where I am able to work with a vast age range. I appreciate the diversity audiology has to offer and hope to work with a variety of different patients and hearing disorders. My future goal is to work in a hospital or private practice setting.


Danielle Bishop

Danielle BishopWhile I am still exploring the field and expanding my clinical interests, I am currently drawn to cochlear implants and aural habilitation within the pediatric population. I am looking forward to the diverse external placements the University of Illinois has to offer in order to gain experience in working with a wide range of populations and different aspects of the field. In the future, I aspire to work as a clinical audiologist in a hospital setting.


Ariel Brownlee

Ariel BrownleeMy clinical interests at this point include: exploring cochlear implants, investigating the vestibular system, and practicing neonatal hearing screenings. My goal is to work in a hospital setting, possibly on a cochlear implant team. I look forward to narrowing my interests in the next 4 years.


Emily Buenting

Emily CooperCurrently, my clinical interests include diagnostics in a wide range of populations. I am also interested in musicians with hearing loss and helping them manage and prevent any further loss or tinnitus through counseling. In the past I have been involved in electrophysiology research and hope to continue learning more about that area through research and clinical practices.


Jacob Caravello

Jacob CaravelloCurrently, my interests include diagnostic testing as well as evoked potentials. In addition to these, I would like to explore more options in the field, such as cochlear implants. I aspire to help both pediatric and geriatric populations and would prefer to work in a hospital or clinical setting.


Katherine Coobs

Katherine CoobsMy clinical interests include diagnostic testing and hearing devices for both the pediatric and geriatric population. I am still exploring the field and hope to expand my interests. I aspire to work as a clinical audiologist in a hospital or private practice setting.


Monique Dang

Monique DangCurrently, my clinical interests include central auditory processing disorders, vestibular disorders, and cochlear implants. More specifically, I am interested in neuroplasticity in cochlear implant patients. I hope to gain more exposure to the field and narrow my interests during my time at the University of Illinois. One day, I aspire to work at a university as a Clinical Professor as well as assist with research.


Zoe Dinger

Zoe DingerI chose to come to the University of Illinois for the Au.D. program because of the diverse clinical opportunities offered, as well as the great sense of community and support. Currently I am interested in central auditory processing, but I enjoy all aspects of the field and am looking forward to gaining new experiences. In the future, I hope to work as a Humanitarian Audiologist and learn more about the accessibility of audiological services both stateside and internationally.


Victoria Eschmann

Victoria EschmannMy clinical interests include binaural cochlear implantation in both pediatric and adult populations. I am also interested in aural rehabilitation across the lifespan as well as newborn hearing screening and diagnostics. I aspire to become a part of a cochlear implant team in a hospital setting. I am also interested in working in private practice as a clinical audiologist.


Sarah Gurnik

Sarah GurnikI am currently most interested in the diagnostic testing and habilitation of the pediatric population. That being said, I have other more broad interests in the field and look forward to helping both the pediatric and geriatric populations in a clinical setting.


Carolyn Jeon

Carolyn JeonI am interested in diagnostic testing and evaluation for various populations in a hospital or clinical setting as an audiologist. While in the AuD program, I am looking forward to the broad range of training and experiences we will receive here at the University of Illinois. Research-wise, I am interested in investigating how hearing loss translates in different languages and cultures and how hearing loss affects bilingual populations, especially in children.


Kristin Johnson

Kristin JohnsonMy primary interest at this time is in vestibular testing and rehabilitation. I find the science behind balance disorders particularly interesting, and would like to help individuals with these issues lead more comfortable lives. Additionally, I would like to work with the pediatric population at some point in my career, most likely by doing audiometric testing and fitting hearing aids. I hope to work in a hospital or private practice.


Kruti Kadakia

Haley HixI choose the audiology program at University of Illinois because of its outstanding clinical placements and its curriculum. Currently, my clinical interests include pediatric audiology, hearing aids, and aural rehabilitation. In the future, I aspire to work in a hospital setting while being part of a faculty at a university.


Abbigail Kirchner

Abbigail BuenteMy clinical interests include bimodal and bilateral cochlear implants in adult populations. Specifically aural rehabilitation in this population. I look forward to expanding my clinical experience in these areas and broadening my clinical interests throughout my program here.


Laci Le

Laci LeResearch interests include neuroplasticity after hearing loss, especially in the pediatric deaf or hard-of-hearing population, neurodegenerative diseases that affect auditory function, and the effects of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). My primary research interest, however, is in cochlear implants technology and work in improving speech perception in noise in cochlear implant users.


Carolyn Legare

Carolyn LegareMy objective is to work with the veteran population, aiding in the recovery and life adaptation of current and former service members. As a veteran of the United States Air Force, I have first-hand experience working with soldiers in a multitude of situations where sudden, repeated, or prolonged noise exposure is present. I have unique insight into the hearing needs of the military population in both daily life and in combat; tinnitus and hearing loss is highly prevalent within all branches of our military. I am dedicated to acquiring the professional training needed to provide each patient with the best care and services available, addressing their hearing needs in a holistic way.


Ali Marquess

Ali MarquessMy current clinical interests include diagnostic testing, hearing aids and cochlear implants. In the future, I would like to work in a children&$39;s hospital and move out west. I am most looking forward to starting placements so I can explore more areas of Audiology!


Rachael Piper

Rachael PiperMy clinical interests as of right now include auditory processing disorders, electrophysiology, vestibular disorders, and interoperative monitoring. I hope to establish myself in a hospital, educational, or private practice setting. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of the auditory system and exploring the state of Illinois!


Morgan Potocki

Morgan PotockiI chose to attend the University of Illinois because of its strong academics and number of different external placement sites. My current clinical interests include the geriatric population, but I enjoy all of the aspects of the audiology field and I can&$39;t wait to gain new experiences throughout my time here! I am looking most forward to a pediatric external placement and hope to gain more of an interest in this area. In the future, I aspire to work in a private practice, VA clinic, or hospital setting.


Lauren Putira

Lauren PutiraWhile I have yet to explore the numerous avenues of research the Au.D program at the University of Illinois has to offer, my current interest is in phantom auditory perceptions such as tinnitus as well as in diagnostic testing and hearing aids. I hope to work in either a hospital or clinical setting in the future.


Raquel Rojas

Raquel RojasMy research interests lie in how tinnitus and hyperacusis are affected by anxiety and vice versa, and how musicians are affected by hearing loss. Clinically, I would like to work primarily with hearing aids, possibly working with children, though I would also enjoy working with adults. I am extremely interested in working in a hospital setting.


Hannah Smith

Hannah SmithMy clinical interests include newborn hearing screening and habilitation in the pediatric population. I would like to work in a hospital setting, particularly in the neonatal intensive care unit. Additionally, I would love to learn more about balance disorders. I chose the University of Illinois because of its research opportunities and ability to gain valuable clinical experience through our on-campus clinic and other off-site locations.


Abigail Stutz

Abigail StutzCurrently my clinical interests include diagnostic testing and rehabilitation as well as the vestibular system. I would like to work in a hospital or private practice setting that allows me to work with both pediatric and geriatric populations. I look forward to exploring a variety of clinical settings so that I can narrow my interests within these next 4 years!


Allison Trine

Allison TrineMy current clinical interests include diagnostic testing and aural rehabilitation in a variety of populations and settings. Research-wise, I am interested in extended high frequency testing and diagnostics and aural rehabilitation of individuals with developmental disabilities. There are many other areas that I would like to explore and, in the future, I would like to combine my clinical and research interests.


Malorie Wagman

Malorie WagmanMy current clinical interests include cochlear implants and interoperative monitoring. In the future, I would like to work in a private practice or as a clinical audiologist in a hospital. I am looking forward to my upcoming placements where I will be able explore different aspects of the field in a variety of settings.


James Woods

James WoodsWhen people learn that I am studying hearing they often ask me about the ringing in their ears. My research interest is to be able to more fully answer the questions surrounding the causes and possible treatments of tinnitus. My pursuit of clinical audiology came out of a strong interest in the way that music can be a utilized as a powerful therapeutic tool. The natural result of this interest was the desire to help people maintain their ability to enjoy and to benefit from listening to music.