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Current PhD Students

2020-2021 Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences Doctoral Student Awards

Emily Morrow, 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.

Dillon Pruett, Publication Award for his paper titled: Identifying Developmental Stuttering and Associated Comorbidities in Electronic Health Records and Creating a Phenome Risk Classifier. Journal of Fluency Disorders.

  • 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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Marianne Casilio
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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Haiping Huang
PhD Candidate
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Daniel Kim
PhD Candidate
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Jennifer Markfeld
PhD Candidate
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Ryan McCurdy
PhD Candidate
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Ryan Millager
PhD Candidate
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Jade Mitchell
PhD Candidate
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Emily Morrow
PhD Candidate
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Dillon G. Pruett
PhD Candidate
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Jordan Racca
Ph.D. Candidate
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Sarah Schneck
PhD Candidate
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Kiiya Shibata
PhD Candidate
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Suzanne Stiles
PhD Candidate
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Emily Thompson
PhD Candidate

Recent Graduates

Dr. Ian Morton graduated in August 2021 and is joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater as an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department.

Dr. Deborah Levy received her Ph.D. in July 2021, she is continuing her training as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Francisco in the department of Neurosurgery under the supervision of Dr. Eddie Chang.

Dr. Mary Alice Keller graduated in June 2021 and is now working with HCA Healthcare on their Journal of Medicine as a Research Publications Coordinator.

Dr. Jourdan Holder graduated in December 2020 and is starting as Assistant Professor in Hearing and Speech Sciences and Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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 the 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.