Erin G Piker began her graduate studies at Vanderbilt University, where she obtained her degrees in 2006 and 2012, respectively. Dr Piker is notable for outstanding clinical practice, teaching or mentoring, research, and service. Such qualities aptly describe the substantial successes she achieved with respect to participating in academia as an assistant professor, academic adviser, dissertation adviser, director of vestibular and auditory research at a major university—only some six years beyond earning a PhD. Not only has she made significant contributions to the field of audiology through research and teaching future audiologists, her clinical research and direct patient care has resulted in significant contributions to advancing diagnostic tests for identifying balance disorders in the vestibular clinic.
In addition to being both a productive clinician and effective teacher, Dr. Piker exhibits an exceptional level of productivity in the form of 24 peer-reviewed reports, of which she is first author on 41 percent of these, and five book chapters. Other evidence of her extraordinary productivity includes obtaining four internal grants along with six external ones, including the AAA Foundation’s New Investigator Grant in 2014. In addition to her clinical, teaching, and research work, Dr. Piker has given back to the audiology field by contributing service in the area of peer reviews and editorial-board work for academic journals, committee work for professional societies, and state-level advocacy efforts. To summarize, in the six short years after earning a PhD, Dr. Piker has accomplished much in all four areas of assessment for the Early-Career Audiologist Award, including state-of-the-art research on pathological vestibular issues, full teaching and mentoring loads, providing appreciable clinical duties, and giving back to the audiology profession through extensive service.