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Jason Galster, PhD
Jason Galster is senior manager of audiology research with Starkey Hearing Technologies. His academic career includes a PhD from Vanderbilt University with focuses in audiology and electrical engineering. Dr. Galster’s research interests have spanned topics that include: room acoustics, pediatrics, signal processing, and most recently, interpreting individual variability in the outcome of patients with hearing aids. Several times each year Dr. Galster teaches courses in amplification to audiology students inside and outside of the United States.

Lindsey Jorgensen, AuD, PhD
Lindsey Jorgensen is an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota and is a Research Audiologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Sioux Falls, SD as well as in Pittsburgh, PA. She is also a clinical supervisor and has a research interest in the interaction between cognition and cognitive changes, hearing loss and hearing assistive technology.

M. Samantha Lewis, PhD

Samantha Lewis is a research investigator/audiologist at the Veteran Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research located at the VA Portland Health Care System (PORHCS) and an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at the Oregon Health & Science University. Her research explores the impact of patient-specific factors on, and methods for improving, auditory outcomes. Funding for the work described in her presentation was provided by the VA RR&D Service (Award #C1260R; Award #C9230C).

Nicholas Reed, AuD
Nicholas Reed is an instructor/audiologist on a National Institutes of Health Kl2 grant at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He received his clinical doctorate in audiology from Towson University and is currently pursuing a PhD in clinical investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health under the mentorship of Dr. Frank Lin. His interests include the interaction of hearing loss and cognition, the effect of amplification on gerontologic outcome measures, and novel hearing healthcare delivery.

Elizabeth Seeliger, AuD

Elizabeth A. Walker, PhD
Elizabeth Walker is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on pediatric aural habilitation, specifically examining malleable factors that relate to individual differences in speech perception and language outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. For the past few years, she has been an investigator on several NIH-funded research grants, including the University of Iowa Cochlear Implant project, Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss study, and Complex Listening in School Age Children who are Hard of Hearing.

Gail M. Whitelaw, PhD
Gail Whitelaw is an audiologist, audiology faculty member at The Ohio State University and director of The Ohio state University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Her professional interests include out of the box types of patients with unique presentations, including children and adults with auditory processing disorders and people with tinnitus, hyperacusis, and misophonia. She is also interested in professional issues and leadership development within audiology and has served as the audiology faculty member on the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities (LEND) grant at Ohio State for the past 17 years.

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