People

Lori Leibold,  Ph.D

Principal Investigator

Lori Leibold is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her Master’s degree in Audiology at the University of Western Ontario. After working as a clinical audiologist, she completed her Ph.D. in Lynne Werner’s Infant Hearing Laboratory at the University of Washington. Next, she completed postdoctoral training with Dr. Walt Jesteadt and Dr. Donna Neff at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Email: Lori_Leibold@med.unc.edu


Emily Buss, Ph.DEmily1

Collaborator

Emily Buss is an Associate Professor in the department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studied at Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania before coming to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a postdoctoral fellowship under the guidance of Drs. Joseph Hall and John Grose. Dr. Buss is involved in a wide range of studies of human hearing including normative studies in both children and adults, as well as experiments on the effects of hearing loss  in listeners who make use of hearing aids or cochlear implants. Collaboration with Dr. Lori Leibold focuses on better understanding the susceptibility to and release from masking in early development and the effects of non-linear frequency compression technology in pediatric hearing aid users.

Email: ebuss@med.unc.edu


Lauren Calandruccio Ph.D, CCC-ALauren

Co-Investigator

Prior to joining the Human Auditory Development Lab, Lauren was a faculty member at Queens College of the City University of New York and the Director of the Speech and Auditory Research Laboratory. The focus of her previous research has been to study how speaking English in as a second language affects one's ability to understand English speech in noisy listening conditions. Having the opportunity to be a part of HADL will allow Lauren to extend her work to include children as well as improve communication for listeners with hearing loss regardless of their native language.

Email: lauren_calandruccio@med.unc.edu


Andrea Hillock Dunn, Au.D, Ph.D, CCC-A

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Andrea Hillock-Dunn is an Audiology Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her Au.D. at Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in Hearing Science at Vanderbilt University in Dr. Mark Wallace’s Multisensory Research Laboratory. Her dissertation work investigated maturational changes in the temporal properties of audiovisual processing of speech and non-speech stimuli. Her current research is focused on investigating outcomes in children fitted with frequency compression hearing aids and measuring differences in the ability of infants, children and adults to perceive signals in the presence of background noise.

Email: ahdunn@med.unc.edu


Nicole Corbin, Au.D

Doctoral Student

Nicole Corbin is a Ph.D. student in the Human Auditory Development Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include children's speech perception in complex listening environments and the provision of appropriate assistive technology for children with hearing loss. She completed her Au.D. at Arizona State University (ASU) where she was a recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to train Pediatric Audiologists. While at ASU, Nicole worked in Dr. Andrea Pittman's Pediatric Amplification Laboratory investigating the cognitive skills and word learning abilities of children with hearing loss, and developing an interest in children's abilities to process environmental sounds.

 

Email: nicole_corbin@med.unc.edu

Crystal Taylor, B.A.

Lab Manager

Crystal is the lab manager in the Auditory Development Lab. She is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina--Greensboro, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As an undergraduate at UNC Greensboro, Crystal worked in Dr. Kari Eddington's Depression Treatment and Research Lab studying the effects of self-focused attention on depression. Currently, Crystal is taking time to explore her interests in psychology.

Email: Cntaylor@med.unc.edu


Naomi Cheung, B.A.

Lab Manager

Naomi is the lab manager in the Auditory Development Lab. She is a 2013 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She worked in Dr. Cathi Propper's Center for Developmental Science (CDS) studying executive function and emotion regulation in children during play and learning. Currently, Naomi is taking time to explore her interests in psychology.

Email: naomi_cheung@med.unc.edu


Stephen Lockhart, M.S.

Research Programmer

Steve is the research programmer of the Auditory Development Lab. Steve has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a M.S. in Applied Physics from John's Hopkins University. His experience includes scientific programming and signal processing.

Email: Stephen_Lockhart@med.unc.edu


Jenna Browning, B.A.

Research Assistant

Jenna Browning is a 2nd year audiology doctoral student at the University of North Carolina. She is originally from Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with a B.S. in Speech and  Hearing Sciences. As an undergraduate, she worked in Dr. Lynne Werner’s Infant Hearing Laboratory. Now as a graduate student, Jenna enjoys working with pediatrics and hopes to focus her future research on children’s speech perception in noise.

Email: jenna_browning@med.unc.edu


Lauren Charles B.A.

Research Assistant

Lauren is a 2nd year audiology doctoral student at the University of North Carolina. She is originally from Nashville and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2012 with a B.A. in Audiology. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Mark Hedrick in the area of vowel perception. Now as a graduate student, Lauren enjoys working with pediatrics and hopes to focus her future research on children with hearing loss and hearing aid technology.

Email: lauren_charles@med.unc.edu


Hannah Hodson B.A.Hannah

Research Assistant

Hannah Hodson is a 3rd year audiology doctoral student originally from Greenville, North Carolina.  She received her B.A. in English at the University of North Carolina.  Her research interests include auditory development as it relates to classroom acoustics and the optimization of school hearing screening methods.

Email: hannah_hodson@med.unc.edu