HESP InTERPretation

Issues in Hearing and Speech Science from the HESP Terps at the University of Maryland


Meet our HESP InTERPretation Contributors


Cathy Torrington Eaton completed her PhD at HESP in 2014. Her diverse background includes clinical expertise in aphasia, and research in the cognitive underpinnings of speech sound disorder in preschoolers. She currently resides in France with her family where she works as a DODEA middle and high school SLP in Belgium, teaches online courses, and develops CEU modules for ASHA.

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Lucy Erickson is a AAAS Fellow based at the National Science Foundation and a former postdoctoral Research Associate in at the University of Maryland.  She is a research psychologist at the intersection of developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, and psycholinguistics.  Her research focuses on the factors (e.g., parental language input; infant cognitive abilities) that interact to support successful infant language development.

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Yi Ting Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. Dr. Huang’s research focuses on how young language learners acquire the ability to coordinate linguistic representations during real-time comprehension. She explores this question by using eye-tracking methods to examine how the moment-to-moment changes that occur during processing influence the year-to-year changes that emerge during development. She is currently a member of the Maryland Language Science Center and the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.

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Jessica Kreidler, B.A., is a graduate student in the Doctorate of Clinical Audiology Program. She is also the President of the University of Maryland’s Chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology. Her clinical interests include tinnitus, serving Spanish-speaking populations, hearing aids, and implementing IPP in her various clinical placements.


Amritha Mallikarjun is a doctoral candidate in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) program. Her broad research goal is to facilitate the acquisition and retention of a second language in adult speakers through examination of language skills used by bilinguals and heritage speakers. She works with Dr. Rochelle Newman and Dr. Jared Novick in the Hearing and Speech Department.


Eusebia V Mont is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the co-director of the Cultural-Linguistic Diversity Emphasis Program and leader of the Accent Modification Program. Eusebia teaches Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders, Principles and Methods in Speech-language Pathology and Childhood Language Development.

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Rochelle Newman is Chair of the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, as well as Associate Director of the Maryland Language Science Center.  She helped found the UMD Infant & Child Studies Consortium  and the University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium.   She is interested in how the brain recognizes words from fluent speech, especially in the context of noise, and how this ability changes with development.


Jose A. Ortiz is a speech-language pathologist, and faculty member in the department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he serves as the director of the Language-Learning Early Advantage Program (LEAP). He has long had an interest in the processes of communication development, with a focus on bilingual language development, and technology-enhanced service delivery.  He continues to be active in the local community, helping to facilitate educational workshops for caregivers of individuals with communication disorders and serving as an advocate for bilingual education.

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Lisa Rickard, Au.D, CCC-A, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Hearing and Speech Sciences Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her clinical interests include diagnostic audiology, hearing aids, and rehabilitation of hearing loss via hearing aids and hearing assistive technology. She is interested in how undergraduate and graduate training programs can successfully infuse training in interprofessional practice competencies in to their current curricula.


Kristin Slawson is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. She is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in neurogenic communication disorders and voice.   Her interests include overcoming barriers to individual social engagement, which includes vocal training for transgender clients and communication partner training for people with aphasia.


Sarah Sohns is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Hearing and Speech Clinic at the University of Maryland. Sarah received her Au.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and was a LEND pediatric fellow; most recently she has been an Instructor at Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine.


Melissa Stockbridge is a candidate in the combined program for M.A. and Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Maryland. Under the supervision of Dr. Rochelle Newman, her primary research interests focus on pediatric brain injury as it relates to linguistic, cognitive, and emotional individual differences and development. She has a M.Sc. in cognitive neuroscience from the University College London, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and a B.A. in applied linguistics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Honors College.

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