Emma Bridgwater is a Master’s student in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, in the Hearing Science field. She is supervised by Dr. David Purcell and is a member of the Speech, Auditory Feedback and Evoked Responses (SAFER) laboratory. Emma’s area of interest is the electrophysiology of human hearing. Her research is currently centered on the Envelope Following Response (EFR), an electrical signal generated in the brainstem in response to speech stimuli. The main focus of her MSc thesis is on characterizing the effect that different consonant and vowel contexts have on the EFR amplitude in individuals. Emma completed her undergraduate degree in Honours Cognitive Science of Language with a minor in Psychology at McMaster University in 2015.
Mojgan Farahani is a PhD student in Speech & Language Sciences, and is supervised by Drs. Philip Doyle & Vijay Parsa. She earned her Master’s degree in Linguistics at Western University’s Dept. of French Studies. Her research area focuses on the quality rating of voice and auditory perceptual assessment of dysphonic voices.
Amr Gaballah, MENG, is a PhD student in Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. He is supervised by Dr. Vijay Parsa. His current research interests involve conducting tests on hearing aids and their applications, and applying digital signal processing in diagnosing speech and hearing disorders, especially Parkinson's disease. The aim of this research is to find an accurate and convenient way to diagnose and set the severity of Parkinson's disease by analyzing speech using digital signal processing.
Raphaelle Koerber is a Doctoral Candidate studying under Dr. Jennings in the HearCare Audiologic Rehabilitation Laboratory. Drawing on her background in psychology and concurrent training in Western’s clinical audiology program, she is developing an audiologic rehabilitation program to support the growing number of working adults with hearing loss to remain productively employed.
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Ashley Martindale is a MSc student in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is co-supervised by Drs. Mary Beth Jennings and Margaret Cheesman. Ashley’s research interests involve adult Aural Rehabilitation. Her current research is focusing on the experiences of women and why women in the workforce who have a hearing loss choose or choose not to access resources. The outcomes of this research will present preliminary results that will help increase the number of individuals with a hearing loss who choose to access the necessary resources in a timely manner.
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Christine Meston is a Doctoral Candidate in the Graduate Program in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, an Instructor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a practicing Clinical Audiologist. Areas of interest include audiologic rehabilitation (AR) processes and the provision of AR services for adults and children with hearing loss, counselling in audiology practice, and the use of assistive listening technologies for individuals with hearing loss. Her doctoral research investigates how adolescents with hearing loss transition to self-manage their hearing health care. In collaboration with the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic and the National Centre for Audiology, Christine also provides audiologic rehabilitation services for adults with hearing loss.
Farid Moshgelani is a PhD candidate in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, and is supervised by Dr. Vija Parsa. Farid's research area focuses on the development, evaluation and optimization of a portable assistive hearing device.
Linh Nguyen-Vaccarello, MSc, is a combined MClSc/PhD student in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. She is co-supervised by Drs. David Purcell and Susan Scollie. Her current research interests involve studying the mechanisms of auditory feedback during speech production in individuals with hearing loss and how hearing aids affect the use of auditory feedback. The goals of the research are to reveal information about maintenance of speech production and perception and possibly create an alternative hearing aid outcome measure using the altered auditory feedback paradigm.
Sally Norris is a combined MClSc/PhD student in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences with a focus of audiology and hearing science. She is supervised by Dr. Ewan Macpherson. Her current research involves studying the mechanisms of auditory-motor transformations in expert musicians and is informed by her own musical practice. The goals of this research are to reveal information about the processes involved in creating music with others and to limit barriers to participation in this powerful social practice.
Sinthiya Thavam is a MSc Neuroscience student in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Psychology and minor in Biology, at University of Waterloo. She is supervised by Dr. Mathias Dietz. Sinthiya's area of interest is the psycho-acoustics of binaural hearing. Her main thesis focus is to observe and investigate the just noticeable (jnd) interaural differences of time (ITD) under various stimulus parameters like optimal amplitude, frequency and duration.
Jonathan Vaisberg is a combined MClSc/PhD student in the Graduate Program in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. He is co-supervised by Drs. Ewan Macpherson and Susan Scollie. While training as a registered clinical audiologist, Jonathan’s area of interest is to investigate the impact of hearing loss on music perception and performance, and how assistive listening devices can be used to mitigate those effects.