Month: December 2015

Drs. Erika Skoe, Jennifer Tufts, and Christine Hare awarded research grant from the American Hearing Research Foundation


Drs. Erika Skoe, Jennifer Tufts, and Christine Hare have been awarded a research grant from the American Hearing Research Foundation ( to study the early warning signs of noise-induced hearing loss in college musicians. This multi-lab collaboration, which received support from the UConn Speech and Hearing Fund in 2014-2015, seeks to identify biomarkers of hearing loss before the loss becomes clinically significant. This project unites research and clinical faculty in the department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences as part of a larger effort by the department and the UConn Speech and Hearing Clinic to provide hearing screenings as well as hearing conservation education and services to music students at UConn. For more information about the project and how you can get involved, please email:

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Samantha Coulombe and Jacqueline Ose receive SHARE awards

IMG_2672Congratulations to Samantha and Jackie, each of whom has received a SHARE award from the UConn Office for Undergraduate Research! From the UConn OUR, “the SHARE program supports undergraduate research projects in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. SHARE is designed especially for students in the earlier stages of their college careers as a means of introducing students to research in their chosen field and of developing skills they will need for further research projects.”

Samantha will examine neural and behavioral changes following high intensity treatment in chronic aphasia. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Jen Mozeiko. Jackie will examine effects of attention on lexically-informed perception learning, working with faculty mentor Dr. Rachel M. Theodore.



Sarah Camera receives a $5,000 scholarship at national meeting of communication professionals

Camera     Congratulations to Sarah Camera, Au.D. Class of 2019, who received a $5,000 Scholarship at the National Meeting of Communication Professionals.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation released the following press release acknowledging Sarah for this accomplishment.  Congratulations, Sarah!



Local Audiology Doctoral Student Receives A $5,000 Scholarship at National Meeting of Communication Professionals

(STORRS, CT – Dec. 6, 2015) Sarah Camera, B.A., of the University of Connecticut, received a $5,000

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship during the recent 2015 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), held November 12-14 in Denver, Colorado.

The Graduate Student Scholarship program supports master’s and doctoral students in the field of speech-language pathology or audiology who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.

Sarah completed her honor’s thesis on the impact of musical training on the auditory system under the direction of Dr. Erika Skoe. She plans to continue this research during her graduate career at UConn by collecting more data and identifying biomarkers of subclinical hearing loss in musicians to uncover auditory impairments in their earliest stages, before causing noticeable sensory difficulty for the patient.

Sarah thanks the ASHFoundation for their generous support towards her education.

The ASHFoundation is a charitable organization that promotes a better quality of life for children and adults with communication disorders. The ASHFoundation is affiliated with ASHA and is part of the Association’s annual convention ─ the most comprehensive development conference for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

ASHFoundation’s mission is to advance knowledge about the causes and treatment of hearing, speech, and language problems. The ASHFoundation raises funds from individuals, corporations, and organizations to support research, graduate education, and special projects that foster discovery and innovation in the field of communication sciences.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 182,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.