Funding Awarded

Doctoral student, Torri Ann Woodruff-Gautherin, M.S., Kristin Dilaj AuD/Ph.D., research associate and lab alum, along with their collegues, were award the Noel D. Matkin Research Award from the Educational Audiology Association. The work will focus on the Spanish language and cultural adaption of Swaddling Ear to EarSwaddling Ear to Ear is a program based on intervention mapping to address lost to intervention within the EDHI systems.  Congratulations to the team!

Upcoming Presentations

The AR Lab is pleased to announce that our own Torri Ann Woodruff-Gautherin will be presenting two posters at the upcoming Early Hearing Detection and Identification (EDHI) Conference. The first titled “Intervention Mapping as a Public Health Approach to Address Lost to Intervention” will discuss an intervention mapping program developed to support those families who decline to enroll in early intervention services. Based on an e-Delphi model on LTI, the program includes input from key stakeholders (professionals, academics, advocates, and families of children who are D/deaf and hard of hearing). The second poster, “Personal Narratives in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Audiology Supplement Seminar at the University of Connecticut” is a reflection on the use of the patient journey to enhance student understanding of the complexities of living with a disability.  Congratulations Torri Ann!  March will be a busy month.

Poster Award

Torri Ann Woodruff received an ASHA  meritorius poster award for her work on modeling loss to intervention.  If you are attending ASHA, please stop by her virtual poster session ( Title: Modeling Lost to Intervention in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Session Format: Poster (Virtual) Author(s): Torri Ann Woodruff &  Kathleen Cienkowski Session Number for Live Chat*: 6217L Live Chat Day: Friday, November 19, 2021 Live Chat Time: 3:30 PM ─ 5:00 PM).  Congratulations Torri Ann!

World Hearing Day

hearing for life

World Hearing Day reminds us that:

  • At all life stages, communication and good hearing health connect us to each other, our communities, and the world.
  • For those who have hearing loss, appropriate and timely interventions can facilitate access to education, employment and communication.
  • Globally, there is lack of access to interventions to address hearing loss, such as hearing aids.
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Protect Your Hearing

Jackie DiFrancesco, AR lab affiliate, recently published “Ten Ways Your Hearing is Being Damaged”.  Jackie is currently completing her 4th year externship at HoneyWell in the Howard Leight Acoustical Testing Laboratory.  Check out her article here:

Successful defense

Mike Kurth, Au.D., defended his doctoral dissertation titled “Exploration of the Behavioral, Electrophysiological, and Psychometric Effects of KTH Speech Tracking Training in Noise in Normal Hearing Adults.  Congratulations Mike on a job well done!

UCONN Keeps Giving

I’m excited to let you know that the we have raised over $2000 in honor of Mark Ross during UConn Gives so far! I was so touched to see that our UCONN SLHS alum think as fondly of Mark as I do.


Giving Day is not over yet!  There are 9 hours left in UConn’s second-ever giving day.  You can  still make a donation on our project page:


Thank you in advance for your support.   Kathy