The primary responsibility of the research faculty is to support research developed by the SLHS tenure-track faculty.


Don Bell-Souder

Professional Research Assistant
Don Bell-Souder is a Research Assistant in the Brain and Behavior Lab, focussing on cross-modal recruitment and and language comprehension in the brain for individuals with hearing loss. He received his BA in Japanese and Linguistics, and has been conducting research in cognitive neuroscience since 2014. Current projects include an examination of cross-modal recruitment in young adult cochlear implant users using EEG, and an examination of cortical activations measured using...
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Nancy Bridenbaugh

Professional Research Assistant
Nancy Bridenbaugh is currently a Research Associate with the Center on Literacy and Deafness focusing on fingerspelling phonologic awareness for deaf and hard of hearing children in K-2nd grades. She earned her Master’s in Deaf Education and has been a teacher of deaf children as well as the Director of the Gallaudet Regional Center in Hawaii. She was recently the Director of Rocky Mountain Deaf School, a bilingual charter school.
Jim Kates

James Kates

Scholar in Residence
Jim Kates’ primary area of research is signal processing for hearing aids. His current research includes developing mathematical models of auditory processing, and using those models to predict speech intelligibility, speech quality, and music quality for signals processed through hearing aids. He is also conducting research in binaural hearing, particularly in how hearing-aid signals can be modified to improve spatial perception. He retired from hearing-aid manufacturer GN ReSound in 2012,...

Clare Neville

Professional Research Assistant
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Allison Sedey

Research Associate • Undergraduate Advisor
Allison holds dual certification from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) as both a speech pathologist and audiologist. She has a wide range of clinical experience having worked in hospitals, schools, and clinics with both adults and children with a variety of communication disorders. The two groups she has worked with most extensively are children with hearing loss and children with Down syndrome. She currently coordinates several research...
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Arlene Stredler-Brown

Professional Research Assistant
Arlene Stredler-Brown, PhD, CCC-SLP provides consultation and technical assistance to programs working with infants, toddlers, and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the United States and internationally. She has graduate degrees in Speech/Language Pathology, Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and a doctoral degree in Special Education. Her clinical work focuses on the development of an individualized treatment program to enhance listening, speech, and/or language (including...