The American Academy of Audiology’s Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Jerry Northern Scholarships in Pediatric Audiology, awarded to students who show exceptional promise as clinical audiologists with a focus on the specialty of pediatric audiology.
The recipients each received a $10,000 scholarship and a $500 travel stipend to attend the Academy’s annual conference. We look forward to acknowledging these outstanding students at AAA 2021 + HearTECH Expo in Denver.
The AAA Foundation will accept applications for the 2021 Jerry Northern Scholarships in Pediatric Audiology between January 15, 2021, and May 31, 2021. The scholarships will be awarded to full-time graduate students enrolled in audiology (AuD, PhD, AuD/PhD) programs and in good standing at U.S. universities during the 2021–2022 academic year.
Congratulations to the 2020 recipients:
University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Pittsburgh
University of Iowa
The University of Texas at Austin
Kendall Carroll is a third-year Doctor of Audiology student at Vanderbilt University. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, she studied History, English Literature, and Speech & Hearing Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. At Vanderbilt, she is in the process of completing the Early Identification and Management of Children with Hearing Loss specialty track and has worked for several years as a Newborn Hearing Screener at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. She also volunteers with HEAR Nashville, a non-profit providing financial assistance for hearing devices to underserved communities in Tennessee. She has had the pleasure of serving as the Student Academy of Audiology ambassador for Tennessee and has recently taken on the role of Co-Chair of the State Ambassador program on the SAA Chapter Relations Committee. Under the direction of Dr. Reneé Gifford, she has worked on research regarding cochlear implantation in pediatric populations, with a focus on the usage of image-guided programming. She is currently working under the direction of Dr. Anne Marie Tharpe on her doctoral capstone project, examining the clinical utility of hearing loss simulations in caregiver counseling. In addition to pediatrics, her clinical interests include osseointegrated devices and tinnitus management. Kendall’s other professional interests include access to care and health literacy.
Arielle Darvin graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida in 2016. She went on to complete her Doctorate of Audiology at Vanderbilt University and recently graduated in May of 2020. At Vanderbilt, Arielle completed the specialty track for “Early Identification and Management of Children with Hearing Loss,” volunteered at the Mama Lere Preschool for children with hearing loss, and worked as a newborn hearing screening technician. Her Capstone Project included planning and hosting a conference for professionals, parents, and caretakers of school-aged children with hearing loss to learn about advocacy and better navigating educational systems. Arielle completed her fourth-year externship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she participated in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship program. Arielle now works as a pediatric audiologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her practice includes diagnostic testing of children in outpatient and inpatient clinical settings, fitting of amplification systems, and assessment of patients through the clinic’s interdisciplinary Balance and Vestibular Program.
Lauren O’Neil is a third-year doctoral student of audiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attended Illinois State University for her undergraduate and is a graduate of the Wisconsin LEND program at the Waisman Center. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she is involved in the Binaural Hearing and Speech Laboratory and is currently completing a clinical rotation at the American Family Children’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include pediatrics, cochlear implants, and rehabilitation. Lauren is currently serving as the social chair for the Wisconsin Student Academy of Audiology and is involved with the EHDI meeting student committee. She is excited to continue pursuing a career in pediatric audiology in her schooling and beyond.
Sarah Pupa is a fourth-year doctor of audiology student at the University of Pittsburgh who is currently in her externship at Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat of Atlanta (PENTA). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a Minor in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2017. She is serving as a member of the National Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Education Committee and as the Liaison to the AAA Research Initiatives Council. Sarah’s clinical and research interests include working with children with complicated illnesses and special needs, interdisciplinary care, and increasing the accessibility and visibility of audiology services.
Caitlin Sapp is a pediatric audiologist and PhD candidate in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa. She received her AuD from the University of Iowa (2014) and spent time as a clinical audiologist at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas before returning to Iowa for her PhD. She has extensive experience in infant hearing assessment and has collaborated with state EHDI departments on quality improvement projects. Caitlin currently serves on the Iowa EHDI Advisory Committee and is a previous member of the Texas Deaf and Hard of Hearing Leadership Council. Her research interests include examining the factors that improve language and social outcomes for children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, translational research connecting emerging research to practicing clinicians, and state health policy to promote equitable access to intervention and technology. Her dissertation focuses on audibility-based parent counseling strategies during the diagnosis and management of childhood hearing loss.
Kyli Schulz is a fourth year audiology student. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from West Texas A&M University and is completing her Doctor of Audiology at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a fourth year extern at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Kyli enjoys the many facets of pediatric audiology, but has a special interest in diagnostic testing, vestibular assessments, and cochlear implants. During the 2019-2020 school year, Kyli served as the president of her university’s Student Academy of Audiology where she loved volunteering for and planning community service activities, philanthropy events, and audiology advocacy efforts. Kyli also has a passion for research, which led her to complete a T35 traineeship at Boys Town National Research Hospital in addition to research involvement at The University of Texas at Austin. In her free time Kyli enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, and traveling to new places. After completion of her Au.D., Kyli plans to pursue a career as a pediatric audiologist.
Delphanie Wu is a 4th year Au.D. student at Vanderbilt University and audiology extern at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Originally from Michigan, she received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Alabama. At Vanderbilt, she completed the Early Identification and Management of Children with Hearing Loss specialty track as well as the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) traineeship. She worked under the direction of Dr. Anne Marie Tharpe on research in the areas of newborn hearing screening follow-up and remote microphone use. Her Capstone project under the direction of Dr. Todd Ricketts examined the clinical utility of a skull simulator for bone conduction devices. She has had the pleasure of serving in various roles within the Student Academy of Audiology, National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Meeting, and Educational Audiology Association. In addition to pediatrics, her clinical interests include vestibular assessment and counseling. Her other professional interests include audiology education and public health. Soli deo gloria.
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