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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.