Staff

Alyssa Davidson

Alyssa is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Hearing Aid Lab. Alyssa received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University in Maryland. She became interested in audiology following her father’s hearing loss from the Air Force and cancer treatments, and his experience with hearing aids. She earned an AuD/PhD from the University of Arizona. As a graduate student, Alyssa was interested in a wide variety of topics, including cognitive behavior, auditory processing, and hearing aids. The focus on individual differences and outcomes attracted her to the lab and her current research interests include topics such as how pre-fitting measures influence patient outcomes, auditory processing, and speech in noise abilities. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys bowling, spending time with her cat Church, and traveling with her husband, Mark.

Greg Ellis

Greg Ellis is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Hearing Aid Lab. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Music Composition at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Greg went on to receive his master’s degree in ​Music Composition from the University of Minnesota. He used that time to pivot to hearing research. He work​ed with Dr. Andrew Oxenham ​on research examining pitch perception and psychoacoustics. Furthering his interest in research, Greg received his PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Louisville. There, he was advised by Dr. Pavel Zahorik, and conducted research on room acoustics​, virtual listening environments, and reverberation perception. Greg joined the Hearing Aid Lab as he became increasingly interested in translating what he learned from his research to improving patient outcomes. Here, his research is focused on realistic environments, binaural listening, localization, and hearing aid processing. When Greg is not in the lab, he enjoys playing board games, cooking, and hanging out with his pets, Maddie and Mango.

Kendra Marks

Kendra is the research coordinator for the hearing aid lab, helping to run daily operations and serving as the main point of contact for the lab’s many wonderful participants. She received her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Oakland University and her AuD from Northwestern University. Kendra has worked in private practice assessing hearing loss, fitting hearing aids, and programming cochlear implants. She also completed a research fellowship at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include how to best optimize hearing aid settings for an individual’s hearing loss and cognitive function. In her personal life, Kendra enjoys cooking for friends and family, reading, and watching television.

Varsha Rallapalli

Varsha is a research assistant professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing from the All Indian Institute of Medical Science. She went on to earn her AuD and PhD from Purdue University, where she became increasingly interested in hearing aid technology and using that technology to meet patient needs.  Her research interests include evidence based practice, tailored hearing aid fittings, and individual hearing differences. She joined the Hearing Aid Lab in order to focus on translational clinical research and the opportunity to work hands-on with hearing aids and research participants. Her current research focuses on the role of cognitive abilities in fitting hearing aids, as well as directional microphones and amplitude compression. In her personal life, Varsha enjoys reading, watching television shows, and traveling.

Dorina Stori

Dorina is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Hearing Aid Lab. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. While completing her graduation project, she realized she was passionate about language processing in the brain and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Cognitive Science at Boğaziçi University. Dorina earned her PhD in Psychology from the University of York in the United Kingdom as a Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellow. During her PhD training she studied spoken word recognition in adverse conditions and the structure of lexical representations in memory. Her research interests include native and foreign-accented speech recognition, speech communication, individual cognitive abilities, listening effort, memory systems and the mental lexicon. Dorina joined the Hearing Aid Lab to incorporate hearing science and aging in her research with speech recognition and communication in realistic conditions. Her current research focuses on the recognition of foreign-accented speech that varies in intelligibility and linguistic complexity in listeners of various ages, language backgrounds and with a range of hearing thresholds. In her personal life Dorina enjoys spending time with her sons, reading, watching television shows, traveling and learning new languages.

Magda Wisniewska

Magda is a full time research assistant at the hearing aid lab and helps keep the lab running in a variety of areas, whether that be conducting literature reviews, analyzing data, or organizing equipment. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. As an undergraduate, she conducted research in behavioral health and joined the Hearing Aid Lab due to her interest in the relationship between communication disorders and mental health. Additionally, Magda is interested in working with a variety of underserved populations including older adults. In her free time, Magda enjoys traveling, crafting, and doing yoga.