Principal Investigator

Viji Easwar

Credentials: PhD MSc Audiology

Position title: Assistant Professor


Viji is interested in understanding how typically developing children process speech and how hearing loss during childhood affects auditory development. She mainly uses EEG to probe speech processing and is interested in clinical translation of EEG-based tools that can help improve clinical care of children with hearing loss. Viji is an audiologist by training and completed her clinical and research training in India, England and Canada.


Lab Manager

Veronika Mak

Credentials: MSc Cognitive Science

Position title: Lab Manager


Veronika brings rich national and international research experience from studying/working at the Mt. Holyoke College (MA), the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Uni. Sopron, Eotvos Lorand Uni, and many other places in Hungary. She has a Masters degree in Cognitive Science and her Bachelors is in Psychology, Education, and Spanish.


Isabel Allen

Position title: Programmer

Isabel graduated from UW Madison majoring in Computer Engineering and Mathematics. She helps with data analysis and making tools for experiments.

Graduate Students

Regan Bolt

Regan is a second-year graduate student in the Doctor of Audiology program at UW-Madison. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a leadership certificate. She is very interested in pediatric audiology, amplification, hearing loss prevention, and working with individuals with all abilities!

Evan Davies

Credentials: BA

After obtaining his B.A. in Communication and Psychology from Michigan State University in 2010, Evan pursued a career in human research science. At the University of Michigan and Northwestern University Evan collaborated with multiple research teams investigating the effects of long-term substance abuse on family relationships, examining auditory and literacy development in children through neurobiological and behavioral correlates, implementing clinical trials in ophthalmic disease populations, and conducting memory experiments with noninvasive brain stimulation and imaging methods. Evan is currently pursuing his AuD. His primary clinical and research interests include the assessment and treatment of children with hearing loss, central auditory processing disorders, and tinnitus and hyperacusis assessment and management.  Beyond assisting those with hearing and balance difficulties in the clinic, Evan aspires to contribute to the scientific community and expand his auditory research background into a career in translational audiology.

Emily Roznowski

Credentials: BA

Emily is a third-year graduate student in the Doctor of Audiology program at UW-Madison. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2019 with a B.A. in Speech-Language Hearing Sciences. Her interests include pediatric amplification and improving current practices in audiological testing, especially for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Allison Seehafer

Ally is a second-year graduate student in the Doctor of Audiology program at UW-Madison. She graduated from Western Illinois University with a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology and General Psychology. Her interests include pediatric audiology with a focus on neurodevelopmental disabilities and medical audiology.

Hannah Smith

Hannah is a fourth-year Doctor of Audiology student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently completing the Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (WI LEND) Program at the Waisman Center in collaboration with her placement at the American Family Children’s Hospital. Her clinical and research interests are focused on pediatric audiology, specifically in infants, children, and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Trevor Wright

Trevor is a third-year graduate student in the Doctor of Audiology program at UW-Madison. He completed his B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UW-Madison in 2018. His interests include working with the pediatric population and searching for improved hearing aid assessment measures for this population.

Undergraduate Students

Grace Matzke

Grace Matzke is a senior at UW Madison studying Communication Sciences and Disorders and pursuing certificates in Global Health and Disability Rights and Services. She is looking forward to exploring the intersection between hearing loss and auditory development and learning more about how this research may apply to treatment in pediatric clinical settings.


Becca Formella

Becca studied Communication Sciences and Disorders and Dance/Movement Therapy at UW-Madison. She worked alongside doctoral and undergraduate students in the lab to further explore and gain new understanding of the efferent auditory system.

Mary Galloy

Credentials: BA

Mary was a graduate student in the AuD program at UW-Madison. She graduated with a B.A. in communication sciences and disorders at UW-Madison in 2017. Her research interests include the effect of hearing aids on speech-evoked potentials in the pediatric population. She hopes to one day work with all ages in a hospital setting.

Emma McGrath

Credentials: BA

Emma was a graduate student in the Doctor of Audiology program at UW-Madison. She completed her B.A. in Communication Sciences & Disorders at UW-Madison in 2016. She is interested in population health sciences and auditory development in children.

Ravi Pal

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Research Associate


Ravi completed his PhD from University of Southampton, United Kingdom. His research interests include developing advanced signal processing algorithms that can support clinical decision-making. His work focused on improving electroencephalography (EEG) methods to measure hearing abilities in children with and without hearing loss.

Emma Pittman

Emma is an undergraduate at UW-Madison studying Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish. She worked alongside Emily Roznowski studying the characteristics of hearing loss in relation to neurological disabilities.