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Our Team

Dr. Shraddha Shende, PhD

Principal Investigator

Education:

  • PhD. Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016-2020)
  • MA-SLP, AYJNIHH (2012-2014)
  • BA-SLP, Ali Yavarjung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (2008-2012)

Contact: sashend@ilstu.edu

Website: Shraddha Shende | College of Arts and Sciences – Illinois State

Caitlyn Welsh, B.A.

Graduate Researcher

Education:

  • AuD Illinois State University (2022-2026)
  • B.A. Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism, University of California Santa Cruz (2018-2020)

Goals and Interests:

  • Become a published co-author for an upcoming research project.
  • Amplification, cochlear implants, and vestibular diagnostics for older adults.

Hobbies:

  • Crocheting, learning languages, and reading

Contact: cwelsh@ilstu.edu

Derian Cunningham, B.S.

Graduate Researcher

Education:

  • AuD Illinois State University (2022-2026)
  • B.S. Biology University of South Carolina (2017-2020)

Goals and Interests:

  • Create and be more involved in community outreach projects.
  • Pediatric audiology and electrophysiology.

Hobbies:

  • Baking, reading, and sewing

Contact: dkcunn1@ilstu.edu

Daniel Ferguson , B.S.

Graduate Researcher

Education:

  • AuD Illinois State University (2022-2027)
  • B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Illinois State University (2019-2023)

Goals and Interests:

  • Geriatric and vestibular audiology.

Hobbies:

  • Reading and working out

Contact: defergu@ilstu.edu

Camyrn Kirkham , B.S.

Graduate Researcher

Education:

  • AuD Illinois State University (2022-2027)
  • B.S. Biology and a minor in Sociology, Bradley University (2015-2019)

Goals & Interests:

  • Learn more about the link between hearing and cognition.
  • Gain more experience in audiology research
  • Become an empathetic and well-rounded audiologist, specializing in tinnitus, CI, electrophysiology, and auditory processing disorders.

Hobbies:

  • Reading, baking, and volunteer work

Contact: clkirk1@ilstu.edu

Mukta Manoj

Undergraduate Researcher

Education:

  • B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Illinois State University (2021-2025)

Goals and Interests:

  • Obtain a position in a graduate program for Audiology.
  • Gain experience in all specialities of Audiology.

Hobbies:

  • Watching movies and going to the gym

Contact: mmanoj1@ilstu.edu

Kathryn Beilstein

Undergraduate Researcher

Education:

  • B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Illinois State University (2021-2025)

Goals and Interests:

  • Obtain a position in a graduate program for Audiology.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the neural connection between the hearing mechanism and the brain.

Hobbies:

  • Playing volleyball and baking

Contact: krbeils@ilstu.edu

Sophia Colula

Undergraduate Researcher

Education:

  • B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Illinois State University (2023-2027)

Goals and Interests:

  • Pursue medical audiology

Hobbies:

  • Playing soccer and listening to music

Contact: sfcolul@ilstu.edu

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