Michael Burchesky is a first year graduate student at Vanderbilt University, earning a doctorate of audiology (Au.D). His undergraduate background is in Psycholinguistics, an interdisciplinary major achieved at Hamilton College in upstate New York. As a passionate musician (french horn, piano, guitar, and vocals), he is eager to apply his musical knowledge to the realm of Audiology and Hearing Science in order to improve others’ hearing, speech, language and quality of life. This led him to spend the month of June, 2016 volunteering in the Music Cognition Lab. With skills in video production and editing, he assisted in the creation of visual stimuli to be used in research experiments for SERENADE. He is now a member of the lab and is continuing to help in audio/video projects while he pursues his Au.D.
Doctoral StudentDepartment of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Katherine Bryan is a first-year doctoral student in the Hearing and Speech Sciences Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University. She graduated from Bowdoin College with majors in Biology and Education. Katherine then completed her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology at Vanderbilt University, where she worked with Dr. Stephen Camarata studying efficacy of language interventions for non- and minimally-verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her research interests include genetic correlates of neurogenic communication disorders as well as discourse measures. In her free time, Katherine enjoys baking, reading, and exploring Tennessee on her bike.
DoctoralHearing and Speech Sciences
Keysha is originally from Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, a small Island in the Caribbean where she completed her BA in Elementary Education and MS and Speech and Language Pathology. Life brought her to Nashville, where she is currently a Bilingual Speech Pathologist at the Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a PhD student at Vanderbilt University. Her clinical work focuses on early intervention services, providing support to families of the Latinx community who have children with developmental disabilities (i.e. ASD, Language and Speech Disorders, Down Syndrome). Her research work focuses on understanding the prevalence of disabilities in early childhood, availability of resources, and aims to expand the literature on best practices for the Spanish speaking communities in the US and its territories (i.e. Puerto Rico). In her free time, she like to eat out, be with her dog, and watch TV.