Current Students


Lydia Berger

Lydia Berger

Lydia Berger is an audiology doctoral student at UT Dallas. Lydia is particularly interested in ways to mitigate the adverse social effects of hearing loss, especially in children. Her research interests specifically include how these adverse effects are compounded by other factors such as multilingual acquisition, multiple diagnoses, assistive listening devices’ effect on listening fatigue and working memory deficits, and how all of these factors impact the use of assistive listening devices and auditory (re)habilitation.

Through the Hearing Health Lab, Lydia is currently studying the accessibility of public auditory accommodations and the knowledgeable employees of these public venues possess about said accommodations.


Tyler Caldwell

Tyler Caldwell

Tyler Caldwell is an audiology doctoral student at UT Dallas. He attended Washington University in St. Louis where he earned his bachelor of science in systems science and engineering in applied science with minors in speech & hearing sciences and electrical engineering.

Tyler has been involved with the Hearing Health Lab since his first semester at UT Dallas and has contributed to the Smartphone-Based Open Research Platform for Hearing Improvement study, a collaborative study between the UTD Audiology and Electrical Engineering departments. A poster on this project was presented at the American Academy of Audiology AudiologyNOW! Conference in April 2016 and earned the James and Susan Jerger Award for Excellence in Student Research.

Beyond the Hearing Health Lab, Tyler completed a summer research position at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 2016 where he assessed the utility of otoacoustic emissions for monitoring intracranial pressure during spaceflight.


Hannah Calhoun

Hannah Calhoun

Hannah Calhoun is an audiology doctoral student at UT Dallas. Her lifetime journey as a cochlear implant user led her to pursue a bachelor of science degree in audiology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her current research and clinical interests include assistive technology, aural rehabilitation, cochlear implants, educational audiology, and speech perception.

Hannah is currently serving as the Advocacy Chair for the Student Academy of Audiology (UTD Chapter) and the secretary co-chair for the National Hearing Loss Association of America’s Fort Worth chapter.


Amanda Frost

Amanda Frost

Amanda Frost is an audiology doctoral student at UT Dallas. She received her bachelor of science degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2016. Her current clinical and research interests include pediatrics with special interest in those with additional disabilities, ototoxicity monitoring, and the underserved populations.

She is actively involved in local and state affiliations, serving as the president of the UTD Student Academy of Audiology, and a member of the audiology advisory and student task force committees for the Texas Speech and Hearing Association.


Logan Honea

Logan Honea

Logan Honea is a second year audiology doctoral student at UT Dallas. She previously received her bachelor of arts degree in communication sciences and disorders from the College of Wooster in 2016. Completing her undergraduate thesis, “To All Who Come To This Happy Place: An Exploration of the Hearing Assistive Technology and Accommodations at U.S. Theme Parks,” inspired an interest in hearing assistive technology. Her current interests include pediatric and educational audiology.


Virginia Land

Virginia Land

Virginia E. Land is an audiology doctoral student at UT Dallas. She attended The University of Texas at Dallas for her undergraduate education in neuroscience with a minor in speech-language pathology and audiology. During her time as an undergraduate, Virginia worked for Michael Kilgard, PhD and Robert Rennaker, PhD in their joint research lab, studying the effects of vagal nerve stimulation in the motor cortex for stroke rehabilitation.

Her current research focuses on measuring the benefits of hearing assistive technology in noise with multiple signal sources. She plans on expanding her research interests into the fields of cochlear implants and pediatric audiology.


Alexander Morris

Alexander Morris

Alexander Morris is an audiology doctoral student at UT Dallas. Prior to UT Dallas he obtained his bachelor of arts degree at The University of Alabama, studying music performance and biological sciences. Alex’s research and clinical interests include aural rehabilitation, tinnitus assessment/management, assistive technology, hearing conservation, and practice management.

He is active in advocacy for the profession through the National Student Academy of Audiology (SAA), currently serving on the Public Outreach Committee and as SAA Ambassador of Texas.


Akhilandeshwari Sivaswami

Akhilandeshwari Sivaswami

Akhila Sivaswami is an audiology doctoral student at UT Dallas. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysuru, India and upon graduation received two gold medals for her academic and clinical excellence in audiology. Akhila’s clinical and research interests include pediatric aural habilitation, pediatric cochlear implants, and educational audiology.

She is an active member of the Student Academy of Audiology (UTD Chapter) and serves as the 2017-2018 Humanitarian Chair.


Audrey Taylor

Audrey Taylor

Audrey Taylor is an audiology doctoral student at UT Dallas. She graduated from Baylor University in 2015 with her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences & disorders. Growing up with hearing loss and in a family with hearing loss has greatly influenced her interest in the profession of audiology, specifically the areas of pediatrics, cochlear implants, aural rehabilitation, assistive technology, and educating others about living with hearing loss.

Her most recent poster, “Benefits of Assistive Listening Devices for Scoring Word Recognition,” was presented at the American Academy of Audiology 2017 Conference in Indianapolis and at the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss (AMPHL) Conference in June of 2017 in Rochester, New York.

Audrey is currently working on the Smartphone Application Research Project to investigate the utility of signal processing algorithms implements on smartphones for improving speech intelligibility in noise. Additionally, she serves as a volunteer with the National Student Academy of Audiology’s Chapter and Member Relations Committee. One of her current projects with the committee is to develop resources for students with hearing loss.


Stephanie Winfield

Stephanie Winfield

Stephanie Winfield is an audiology doctoral student at UT Dallas. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in May of 2014 with her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences & disorders and a minor in honors interdisciplinary studies. Her passions include pediatric audiology, rural audiology, and aural (re)habilitation.

Stephanie is working with Dr. Thibodeau under an Instructional Improvement Grant from UTD called Training Enhancement of Auditory Communication via Hearing (TEACH) that is working to provide hands-on education to undergraduate and graduate students pursing degrees in fields associated with communication sciences and healthcare. Currently, the TEACH grant is being implemented through a newly created program called the Hearing Health Gym (HHG), a program that brings Aural (Re)habilitation into local nursing homes and assisted/independent living centers.