Marlenne Montanez
Speech Language & Hearing Sciences • Psychology

Hello! My name is Marlenne Montanez, and I am a senior that will be graduating in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and Psychology. After graduation, I will be pursuing my Doctor of Audiology degree.  Eventually, I would like to be working as a healthcare provider in a diverse setting as a Pediatric Audiologist. My research interests include development, pediatric audiology, and diabetes in audiology. I am also interested learning more about the vestibular system. I am a first-generation student and first generation Mexican American. As a student at the University of Colorado Boulder, I am involved with the Miramontes Arts and Sciences Program, the Pre-Collegiate Development Program, the Student Health Advisory Board, and the Alternative Breaks Program with the Volunteer Resource Center. I am also a proud Sister of Theta Nu Xi, Multicultural Sorority Incorporated.

Research: Development and Pediatric Audiology
The purpose of this study was to assess social emotional development (SED) in children who are deaf or hard of hearing (HOH). This research focuses on three questions: do children who are deaf or hard of hearing demonstrate delay in social emotional development compared to typically hearing children; through the use of the GSEGC, are there certain items or areas on the assessment that children have difficulty with; and what is the difference in SED in children when they are approximately 15 months versus approximately 31 months? Methods: The GSEGC was used to quantify SED in children who are deaf or HOH. 78 participants, ages 9 to 39 months, had completed GSEGCs. 55 of those participants, ages 10 to 37 months, completed the GSEGC at two different times, allowing for comparison between a mean age of 14.5 mos and 31.5 mos.  Results: 28.2% and 21.1% of participants fell below the 10th percentile in SED, younger and older participants did meet the thresholds for accomplishing items on the GSEGC that corresponded to their age, and over at least a 10-month difference, SED is improved within this population.

Faculty Research Mentor:

Dr. Kathryn Arehart; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences;

Dr. Allison Sedey; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences;