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Tina Grieco-Calub PhD, CCC-A

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Visiting Research Scientist
  • Director for Childhood Hearing Research
Tina Grieco-Calub, PhD, CCC-A is a visiting associate professor and the Director of Childhood Hearing Research in the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago. She is an ASHA-certified audiologist who spent her early career providing clinical services to patients across the lifespan who are deaf or hard of hearing. She has integrated her clinical experience with her diverse research training in neuroscience, auditory development, and language acquisition to develop her current research program.

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Binita Adhikari

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, ListenUP Research Collaborative Lab
Binita is a research assistant at the ListenUp Collaborative lab within the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR) at the Department of Psychiatry. Currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), she focuses on literacy and language learning in children with hearing loss. Binita's research interests primarily lie in the mental health of children. She aspires to continue her academic journey by pursuing graduate studies in clinical psychology.

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Sofiia Boiko

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, ListenUP Research Collaborative Lab
Sofiia Boiko is an ambitious international student from Ukraine. She is deeply dedicated to her academic studies and volunteer work. With majors in criminology, law, and justice, alongside general psychology, Sofiia is passionate about understanding human behavior and societal structures. She aims to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology to deepen her insights and contribute to the field.

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Zayra Chavez

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, ListenUP Research Collaborative Lab
Zayra is a research volunteer at the Institute for Juvenile Research in the Department of Psychiatry. While obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she has engaged in formal observational and interactive experiences with early childhood-aged children, counselors, learning coaches, education teachers, and Title 1 instructors.

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Diana Cortez BS

  • Research Specialist, ListenUP Research Collaborative Lab

Diana is a research specialist at the Institute for Juvenile Research and is a member of the ListenUP Research Collaborative lab. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include cognitive, hearing and language development in children.

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Aditi Dhandapani

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, ListenUP Research Collaborative Lab
Aditi Dhandapani is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Linguistics, as well as a minor in Mathematics, acclimating her interests in technology and language processing. This allows her to actively collaborate in several different fields that not only complement but also enhance each other, especially when it comes to pursuing interdisciplinary research problems.

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Danbi (Tan Bi) Kim BA

  • Research Associate II, ListenUP Research Collaborative Lab
Danbi is a research associate in the ListenUP Collaborative lab at the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR) in the Department of Psychiatry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a certificate in Neuroscience from Wheaton College. In her current role, Danbi is involved in several research projects focusing on cognition, hearing, and speech perception in children. Her primary research interests include the mental health and emotional development of young children.

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Hannah Kiperman BA

  • Research Assistant, ListenUP Research Collaborative Lab

Hannah is a Research Assistant in the ListenUP Collaborative lab at the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR) in the Department of Psychiatry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Miami University.

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Josephine LaPapa

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, ListenUP Research Collaborative Lab

Josephine is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a concentration in Audiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). Josephine is a project leader in the Binaural Hearing Lab at UIUC and an undergraduate research volunteer at the ListenUP Collaborative Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Paulina Ortiz BS

  • Research Assistant, ListenUP Research Collaborative Lab

Paulina is currently a research assistant at the ListenUp Collaborative lab, a division of the Institute of Juvenile Research (IJR) within the Department of Psychiatry. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Science in Clinical Psychology from Northeastern University.

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Dheeraj Yerneni

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, ListenUP Research Collaborative Lab
Dheeraj Yerneni is pursuing a unique dual degree in Computer Science and Linguistics, an interdisciplinary combination that allows him to approach complex problems from multiple perspectives. This multitalented individual possesses a deep understanding of both technological and linguistic principles, leveraging his analytical skills and coding proficiency to develop innovative solutions. Dheeraj is driven and dedicated, continuously exploring new frontiers to expand his knowledge base.

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Katherine R. Gordon PhD

  • Research Scientist, Center for Childhood Deafness, Language, and Learning
  • Boys Town National Research Hospital

For more information, please visit Dr. Gordon’s profile page at the Boys Town National Research Hospital.

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Erin Ingvalson PhD

  • Research Associate Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • University of Washington

For more information, please visit Dr. Ingvalson's profile page at the University of Washington - Speech and Hearing Sciences Department.

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Lynn Perry PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • University of Miami

For more information, please visit Dr. Perry’s personal website at lynnkperry.org

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Christina Runge PhD

  • Professor, Otolaryngology
  • Medical College of Wisconsin

For more information, please visit Dr. Runge’s profile page at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Mark VanDam PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Washington State University

For more information, please visit Dr. VanDam’s profile page at the Washington State University Spokane - Speech and Language Lab.

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Nancy Young MD, FACS, FAAP

  • Department Head, Otology/Neurotology; Medical Director of Audiology and Cochlear Implant Programs
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital

For more information, please visit Dr. Young’s profile page at the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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