Amanda Ortmann appointed Director of Audiology in Otolaryngology

We are excited to announce that Dr. Amanda Ortmann has been appointed as the Director of Audiology in the Department of Otolaryngology at WUSM. Dr. Ortmann, who previously served as interim director, will continue as Director of Audiology Studies in PACS, which will further expand the clinical collaborations and training opportunities in audiology for faculty, […]

PACS responds to national need for pediatric specialty training

Early intervention is one key to successful outcomes in children who are deaf/hh. PACS is responding to the need for specialized training in pediatric intervention for both audiology and deaf education students. Thanks to the Dept of Otolaryngology for spreading the word in this month’s Under the Scope, https://oto.wustl.edu/pacs-responds-to-national-need-for-pediatric-specialty-training/ 

Amanda Ortmann to serve as interim director of audiology in Otolaryngology

Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Ortmann, PhD, who will begin serving in an interim capacity as Director of Audiology in the Otolaryngology department, effective September 14, 2020  Dr. Ortmann is also Director of Audiology Studies and co-director in PACS.  (Original post from the Dept. of Otolaryngology’s “Under the Scope” newsletter.)  

Casey Reimer joins PACS as assistant professor

Congratulations to our newest faculty member! Casey Reimer, PhD. has joined the Program as an Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2020, with joint appointments in PACS and Otolaryngology. Casey completed her PhD in Speech and Hearing in 2018, with her dissertation focusing on vocabulary learning in children who are deaf or hard of hearing, followed […]

William W. Clark steps down as director and phases into retirement

Today is an important milestone, but one that we celebrate with mixed emotions. As previously announced, William W. Clark, PhD is stepping down as Director of the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS), effective today as he phases toward retirement. He will be continuing on in his faculty role during the 2020-21 academic year […]

Team of researchers receives OVCR seed grant to look at language processing in d/hh children

We’re happy to share that the WUSM Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has awarded a seed grant to a team of researchers including Dr. Mitch Sommers (Psychological and Brain Sciences), Dr. Joe Barcroft (Languages and Literatures), Dr. Nancy Tye-Murray (Otolaryngology), and Dr. Heather Grantham (PACS). They will receive funding for their project, “Using […]

PACS alumna, Krista Rey, receives CCHAT 2020 champion award

Congratulations to PACS alumna, Krista Rey, who received the Children’s Choice for Hearing & Talking (CCHAT) Champion Award for 2020 and was recently featured in their “staff highlights,” https://www.cchatsacramento.org/h…/cchat-champion-krista-rey. The CCHAT award is given to an individual who demonstrates great advocacy and leadership on behalf of individuals with hearing loss. They strive to increase equal access […]

Amanda Rudge defends PhD dissertation

We’re excited to share that Amanda Rudge successfully defended her PhD dissertation, “Expressive Vocabulary Growth of Very Young Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing” in Speech & Hearing Sciences on April 9, 2020. Her committee members include Dr. William Clark (PACS Director and Chair), Dr. Joseph Barcroft (Prof. of Spanish and Second Language […]

Lauren Felton, AuD, joins PACS as the new audiology clinical coordinator

Please join us in welcoming Lauren Felton AuD as the PACS Audiology Clinical Coordinator! Lauren is no stranger to the PACS family having graduated with her AuD from our program in 2006, and serving as a loyal clinical preceptor and lecturer for many years. She has worked as clinical audiologist at a variety of excellent […]

Three AuD students receive Sertoma scholarship for 2019-20

We’re proud to announce that the following PACS AuD students have been awarded the Sertoma Communicative Disorders Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year:  Caitlin Yoshimori (1st-year AuD), Meg Butler (3rd-year AuD), and Amanda Demas (2nd-year AuD).  Congratulations!   

Alumna, Kristen Gertson, AuD, publishes capstone research

Congratulations to PACS alumna, Kristen Gertson, AuD, for the publication of her capstone research in the journal,  “Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.” Her capstone was on the prevalence of ototoxicity following stem cell transplantation in pediatric patients. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbmt.2019.08.028

Casey Reimer, PhD, joins PACS

We’re very excited to announce that Casey Reimer, PhD has joined the PACS faculty as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Casey is a familiar face here in PACS – she received her PhD. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at WashU in the spring of 2019, as well as her MSDE in PACS in 2013. In her […]

Jenny Trueblood, 2nd-year AuD student, receives two scholarships

We’re proud to announce that 2nd-year MSDE student, Jenny Trueblood, has been awarded two scholarships: the AIS (Allied Instructional Services) Future of the Field Scholarship and the Christi Clinic Health Education Scholarship. Both scholarships support students in the fields of health, medicine and education. Great job, Jenny! 

Dr. Dennis Barbour, alumna Rebecca Howard, and AuD student Jenna Abrams publish paper in Ear and Hearing

Congrats to Dennis Barbour, MD, PhD, alumna Rebecca Howard, AuD, and AuD student Jenna Buchbinder Abrams, for their recent publication in Ear and Hearing titled, “Online Machine Learning Audiometry.” This study was funded in part by the NIH T35 grant awarded to PACS to support research training for audiology students.  https://journals.lww.com/ear-hearing/Fulltext/2019/07000/Online_Machine_Learning_Audiometry.14.aspx#pdf-link 

Angie Moeller joins PACS

Please join us in welcoming Angie Moeller to PACS! Angie has joined PACS two days per week and will be assisting with student services and general office duties.  She will also be continuing to provide her outstanding level of service to the patients of the CID adult audiology clinic.  Welcome to the team, Angie!

PhD candidate, Amanda Rudge, co-authors two papers in JEHDI

Congrats to PhD candidate, Amanda Rudge, who co-authored two papers in the latest issue of the Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention. Both articles report on research that was done in collaboration with Moog Center for Deaf Education. Link to the journal and both articles: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/jehdi/ 

Christy Chadwick, MSDE ’16, is featured in WashU’s Outlook Magazine

Check out this month’s WashU Outlook (p. 33) featuring PACS alumna, Christy Chadwick, who lives in Hawaii and is the founder of Hawaii Hears, an organization offering advocacy and resources to families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing.   https://outlook.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Outlook_Spring2019.pdf 

Amanda Ortmann, Ph.D., appointed as director of audiology studies

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Ortmann, Ph.D. as Director of Audiology Studies in the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS).  After a national search, it was clear that Mandy’s outstanding record in the areas of education, research, and patient care, combined with her engaging enthusiasm, boundless energy, and intellect, […]

Lunch with scholars in PACS donors and recipients 2018-19

We had a very enjoyable lunch with our Scholars in PACS recipients and our generous donors, Dr. Carl Bohl, Dr. Jerome Cox  and Dr. James Seeser.  Congratulations to our 2018-19 scholarship recipients:  Hannah Burrick, Meg Butler, Haley Lanoue, Emi Mainardi, and Alex Walker. 

Students visit the historic anechoic chamber located at the original CID research building

The 1st-year MSDE class had their turn visiting the historic anechoic chamber located in the original Central Institute for the Deaf Clinic & Research Building, built in 1951. The building is now owned by the St. Louis College of Health Careers. An anechoic chamber (an-echoic meaning non-echoing or echo-free) is a room designed to completely absorb […]

Rosalie Uchanski and Cathy Sarli co-author article on “The Cupped Hand” – Legacy of the First Hearing Aid

What is the real history behind the first hearing aid? Find out in the first of a three-part series, “The ‘Cupped hand’ – Legacy of the First Hearing Aid” by Rosalie Uchanksi, PhD (Asst. Professor in Otolaryngology and PACS), and Cathy Sarli (Sr. Librarian, Becker Library), published in The Hearing Journal, https://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/Fulltext/2019/04000/The__Cupped_Hand___Legacy_of_the_First_Hearing_Aid.5.aspx.

Casey Reimer successfully defends dissertation on April 3, 2019.

Congratulations to Casey Reimer, who successfully defended her dissertation on April 3rd, 2019, for a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences. The title of her thesis is, “The Effect of Retrieval Practice on Vocabulary Learning for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.”  Members of her dissertation committee include: William W. Clark (Chair of […]

T35 trainees present at the 2019 American Auditory Society conference

Congrats to our PACS T35 trainees who presented at the American Auditory Society meeting last week! T35 traineeships are supported by a grant from the NIH/NIDCD. The trainees are: Kasia Baginski (Nova Southeastern), Cory Hillis (Washington Univ), Haley Lanoue (Washington Univ), Jasmin Martinez (Univ. of Cincinnati), and Brianna Ralston (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison).

Applications for Director of Audiology Studies now being accepted

PACS is seeking a full-time Director of Audiology Studies to lead the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program.  The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019.  The individual in this position will provide leadership and direction for the AuD program, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, oversee clinical practicum and externship placements, and mentor student […]

Beth Elliott and Rene’ Miller celebrate 20 years of service

Congratulations to these amazing ladies, Beth Elliott and Rene’ Miller, for their 20 years of service at Washington University! PACS would not run as smoothly without you. Thank you for all of your hard work!

PACS and Dr. Amanda Ortmann receive sub-contract from NIDCD business grant

Our very own Dr. Amanda Ortmann has been awarded a research sub-contract from the NIDCD to collaborate with Dr. Jianxin Bao and Dr. Rick Chole at Gateway Biotechnologies, Inc on a project titled “A unique patient population for clinical trials against noise-induced hearing loss”. She will be studying the effects of surgical drilling noise on […]

Dr. Amanda Ortmann named interim director of audiology studies

Dr. Amanda Ortmann has been named as Interim Director of Audiology Studies in the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS), effective August 1, 2018.  In this role, she will provide leadership and direction to the Washington University School of Medicine’s Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program, a four-year clinical training program for audiologists.  Dr. Ortmann […]

Dr. Maureen Valente celebrates retirement from PACS as director of audiology

Congratulations to Dr. Maureen Valente, who celebrated her retirement from the PACS program with family, co-workers, students, and friends. Dr. Valente served as Director of Audiology Studies for 13 years and has had an illustrious career as a mentor, teacher, and leader in the field. We are thankful for all of her contributions to the […]

Washington University – PACS Awarded $2.2 million in training grants for deaf education and pediatric audiology

Heather Grantham, PhD, associate professor in the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS), has received $2.2 million in training grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education.   The two five-year awards will provide scholarship support and expanded training opportunities for students in the Master of Science in Deaf Education (MSDE) program, which trains teachers […]

AuD student Johanna Lowell presents at Missouri Academy of Audiology

Congrats to 4th-year AuD student, Johanna Lowell, who presented at the Missouri Academy of Audiology meeting held on Sept. 13-14. The title of her talk was, “Post-Operative Electrocochleography as a Predictive Measure of Speech Perception Outcomes in Children.” Great job!

Shay Smith’s capstone published in Noise and Health

Congratulations to Shay Smith (PACS alumna), Amanda Ortmann, PhD (PACS Interim Dir of AuD) and William Clark, PhD (PACS Director) on the recent publication in Noise and Health, “Noise in the neonatal intensive care unit: a new approach to examining acoustic events.” This article is based on Shay’s capstone research. http://www.noiseandhealth.org/article.asp?issn=1463-1741;year=2018;volume=20;issue=95;spage=121;epage=130;aulast=Smith;type=0

AuD alumna, Kristi Oeding, receives grant from NSF for PhD research

We’re excited to share that PACS AuD alumna, Kristi Oeding, who is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in speech and hearing sciences at the University of Minnesota, was awarded a one-year grant from the National Science Foundation to do research on memory and hearing loss.  This grant is funded through the Center for Cognitive Sciences and […]

Student research colloquium to be held on May 10 & 11, 2018

The Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS) will hold its annual PACS Student Research Colloquium May 10th from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and May 11th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The Colloquium will be held in the Farrell Learning and Teacher Center, Kathy E. Holden Auditorium.  The Colloquium provides students in the […]

PACS alumna, Margaret Koeritzer, publishes capstone research in JSLHR

Congrats to PACS alumna, Dr. Margaret Koeritzer, who recently published her research in the Journ. Of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR).  The title of the article is, “The Impact of Age, Background Noise, Semantic Ambiguity, and Hearing Loss on Recognition Memory for Spoken Sentences,” and is based on her capstone work done in collaboration […]

New deadline to apply to the MSDE program – May 1, 2018

Are you looking for a rewarding career? Do you want to work with kids? Deaf education may be the answer! Our MSDE program trains teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing to work with children from birth -grade 12, with scholarships covering up to 100% of the tuition costs. Visit us online if you want to […]

Dr. Heather Hayes, Dir. of Deaf Education, and PhD students present at ACE-DHH conference

PACS had great representation at the 2018 February meeting of ACE-DHH in Tucson, AZ.  Dir. of Deaf Education Studies, Dr. Heather Hayes, and PhD students, Amanda McNamara and Casey Reimer, gave two talks and presented a poster at the meeting.  Details are below. Congrats to all!  “What is retrieval practice, how does it work, and […]

Paper co-authored by Dr. Heather Hayes discusses doctoral-level training programs in sensory disabilities

Congratulations to Dr. Heather Hayes on the publication of her co-authored paper, “Enriching Doctoral-Level Preparation Programs through a Nationwide Consortium Model: The National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities.” The project, supported by a training grant from the U.S. Department of Education, discusses preparation of doctoral-level personnel to conduct research and teach children who are deaf […]