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Current PhD Students

2019-2020 Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences Doctoral Student Awards

Jourdan Holder, Young Investigator Award

  • This award is given to the doctoral student who has shown great promise for a future career in the field, as demonstrated by their performance in the laboratory and in classes.

Sarah Diehl, Publication Award

  • This award is given to the doctoral student with the best research article within the past year.

Current PhD Students

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Mauricio Alfaro
PhD Candidate
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Katelyn Berg
PhD Candidate
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Katherine Bryan
PhD Candidate
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Sharice Clough
PhD Candidate
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Sarah Diehl
PhD Candidate
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Monica Folkerts
PhD Candidate
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Jourdan T. Holder
PhD Candidate
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Daniel Kim
PhD Candidate
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Deborah Levy
PhD Candidate
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Ryan McCurdy
PhD Candidate
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Ryan Millager
PhD Candidate
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Emily Morrow
PhD Candidate
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Ian Morton
PhD Candidate
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Dillon G. Pruett
PhD Candidate
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Sarah Scheck
PhD Candidate
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Emily Thompson
PhD Candidate

 

Recent Graduates

Congratulations to our new 2020 PhD graduates!

Dr. Jacob Feldman has joined Dr. Woynaroski’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Carlos Benitez-Barrera will be continuing his career as a postdoctoral fellow at Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas – Dallas.

Dr. Timothy Davis is currently working for the Nashville Veterans Affairs in their Cochlear Implant program.

Dr. Kristen D’Onofrio will continue working to improve the music listening experience for patients with hearing loss through research and clinical practice.

Dr. Alison Hessling is now an Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders at Baylor University.

Dr. Emily Kimball has accepted a position of Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center under the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences.

Dr. Shih-Yuan Liang has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship position at the Research Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Dr. Laurel Teller will be joining Eastern Illinois University as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Pumpki Su has accepted a postdoctoral research position in the Bilingual Lab under the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Delaware.


Dr. Natalie Covington graduated in 2019 with a PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Vanderbilt University and is currently a Research Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, next Fall she will be an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Karen Arndt graduated from Vanderbilt University with her PhD degree in 2019 and is now working at Radford University, Virginia in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department.

Dr. George Castle graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2019 and is now a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the New York University Steinhardt in New York City, NY.

Dr. Hannah Krimm received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2013 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and graduated with her PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University in May 2019. She accepted a position of Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.

Dr. Jena McDaniel graduated in 2019 with a PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University and is continuing her education as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.

Dr. Travis Moore graduated in May 2012 with a Doctor of Audiology from Vanderbilt School of Medicine and in December 2018 with a PhD from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Moore is currently an Assistant Professor at Samford University.

Dr. Cara Singer graduated in 2019 with a PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Vanderbilt University and will be an Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI beginning Fall 2019.

Dr. Allison Whitten graduated with her PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University in early 2019 and is continuing her education at Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

Dr. Melodie Yen received her PhD in Hearing and Speech Science in June 2019 from Vanderbilt University following her Masters in Linguistics from the University of Arizona. She recently accepted a Research Associate position at the University of California Los Angeles.