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Brittan Barker

Brittan Barker

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

What was your previous position and where?

I was a researcher with the University of Iowa's Children's Cochlear Implant Team.

What brought you to LSU?

I actually grew up in Lafayette and received my undergraduate degree in psychology from LSU. I have always had great pride in the university and the state. I wanted to take the opportunity to come home and contribute back to the system that help shaped me into the scholar I am today.

What is your research interest?

I study spoken language processing in listeners with all levels of hearing. I am particularly interested in listeners with hearing loss who use hearing aids and/or cochlear implants. The long-term goal of my research is to establish evidence-based listening programs for people of all ages with hearing loss.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

While at LSU, I hope to continue to build my research program and grow a nationally recognized research base in the field of developmental speech perception, that will contribute to evidence-based listening programs for children.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

I love the support that LSU provides to its faculty. This support is consistent across the laboratory and the classroom — I think that is a very impressive divide for a Research I University.

What are your major accomplishments?

I am proud of the fact that I established the first infant cochlear implant speech perception research program in the world. I am also very proud of the LSU graduates from my lab. To watch them win national research awards and receive fellowships to nationally recognized graduate programs under my mentorship is a great accomplishment.


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