The HESP Department sponsors a series of talks on current research in the areas of hearing, speech, and language by visiting researchers or members of the HESP faculty. All students, faculty, staff, and affiliates are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you would like to join the email distribution list for all upcoming HESP Seminar Series talks, email Matthew Goupell at goupell [at] or Dr. Meg Cychosz at mcychosz [at]

Fall 2022


Date/Time/Location Speaker/Topic
Date: September 19, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: LeFrak 2208
Research Blitz: Students, Postdocs, and Full-Time Researchers
Description: Students, postdocs, and full time researchers will give brief presentations about their clinical and research work. This is a great opportunity to get to know what people are working on and
support students and trainees in our department. Join us!


Date: September 26, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: LEF 2208
Toward Inclusive and Accessible Self-Tracking
Date: October 10, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: LEF 2208
Electrophysiological Advances to Improve Management with Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants
Speaker: Samira Anderson, PhD, AuD
Date: October 14, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: MOR1101
Neural Encoding of Spatial Changes in a Speech Stream
Speaker: Erol Ozmeral, Ph.D.
Date: October 17, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: LEF2208
Neural Mechanisms Underlying Speech Processing Deficits in Age-Related Hearing Loss (Specific Aims Defense)
Speaker: Gary Huang
Date: October 31, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: LEF 2208
Evaluating “Meaningful Differences” in Language Learning and Communication Across SES Backgrounds
Speakers: Yi Ting Huang, PhD; Arynn S. Byrd, MA, PhD Student; Sophie Domanski, MA, PhD Student; and Rhosean Asmah, BA

Description: We will describe a mixed-methods project that carves SES experiences at their joints can inform when and where language gaps might create challenges for learning and communication.

Date: November 7, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: LEF 2208
Expanding the Usage of Auditory Processing Measures in Adult Diagnostic Audiology
Speaker: Alyssa Davidson
Description: The purpose of this talk is to describe the stereotypical limitations associated with auditory processing testing and lay out research studies that overcome these hurdles.
Date: November 28, 2022 (Monday)
Speaker: Arynn S. Byrd
Date: December 12, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: LEF2208 
Core Values in the Traditional Provision of Hearing Healthcare
Speakers: Katherine N. Menon
Description: Untreated hearing loss is a significant public health issue affecting the quality of life of millions of Americans. Barriers to treatment invite novel and innovation solutions, but this talk will introduce solutions create new treatment delivery models, they also may – purposefully or accidentally – challenge the values of the field.

Previous Seminars

Date/Time/Location Speaker/Topic
Date: February 28, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: LEF 0135
Speaker: Arynn S. Byrd
Role: PhD
Advisor: Jan Edwards
Title:  Understanding the impact of linguistic mismatch
in spoken language comprehension on the acquisition of
novel words
Date: March 7, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: LEF 0135
Speaker: Zara Harmon, PhD
Role: Postdoc at the University of Maryland
Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS),
the Department of Linguistics. Affiliated with the
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program
Date: March 9, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Language
Science Center garage (Rm 2124)
Speaker: Meg Cychosz, Ph.D.
Role: Postdoctoral Fellow
Topic: Practice chalk talk:
“Speech development amidst speech signal degradation"
Date: March 16, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: MOR 1101
Role: Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech,
Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University
Date: March 28, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: LEF 0135
Speaker: Nick B. Pandža, Ph.D. (to be conferred in 2022)
Role: UMD graduate in Second Language Acquisition;
Senior Faculty Research Specialist at the
Applied Research Lab for Intelligence & Security
(ARLIS) and a certified MRI technician.
Date: May 2, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: LEF 0135 or
Speaker: Samira Anderson, Ph.D. CCC-A
Role: HESP Associate Professor,
Director of Graduate Studies
Title: Auditory Aging and the Brain’s
Compensatory Mechanisms
Date: May 9, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: LEF 0135 or
Speaker: Kristen Thornton, Ph.D.
Role: Assistant Professor, Galludet University
Date: May 18, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: LEF 0135 or
Speaker: Stephanie Rosemann, Ph.D.
Role: Visiting Research Scholar at the Laboratory of
Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition at Georgetown
University Medical Center


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