New Faculty Joining HESP
The HESP department is thrilled to announce that Dr. Eric Hoover, an Assistant Professor in Audiology, and Eliza Thompson, a Clinical Supervisor in Speech Language Pathology, will be joining the department this fall!
Eric Hoover received his Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University with adviser Pamela Souza and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of South Florida with advisers David and Ann Eddins. The goal of Eric's work is to develop technologies that remove barriers to communication by applying our understanding of how the auditory system represents complex acoustic environments. His research interests include fitting signal processing algorithms to individual hearing ability, the effect of distortion introduced by hearing devices on the perception of basic acoustic features, and the perception of complex acoustic scenes in people with difficulty understanding speech in noise. He is part of an ongoing collaboration with partners in academia, defense, and industry to translate current models of auditory processing into clinical tools for the assessment of suprathreshold "hidden" deficits. He will be teaching our graduate Hearing Aid courses this fall and spring, and an undergraduate course on aural rehabilitation in the spring.
Eliza Thompson is a a bilingual Speech Language Pathologist with 18 years of experience. She writes, "I still love this profession even more today than I did when I first started all those years ago." She started her career working in the the schools of the Baltimore-Washington DC area before moving to Los Angeles, where she eventually started her own private practice. "My career has taken me across the country as well as internationally; serving as a clinical supervisor and working as a clinician in Ghana and Kenya. One of the main reasons I decided to pursue a career in academia is to help instill the love and passion I have for the field of communication disorders in future generations of speech pathologists and educators. I’ve had a wealth of experiences not only in a variety of public schools all over the country but also in clinical settings, hospitals and private practice. Because I’ve had these experiences, I’m able to share these real-life experiences and provide practical knowledge to the text-book/clinical applications and provide the functional effects of intervention designed to improve outcomes for individuals’ speech and language needs in the university setting. I am excited to be joining the department of Hearing and Speech at the University of Maryland, and look forward to meeting all of you."