Our Team

Lab Director

Brian B. Monson, PhD

Office phone:

217-300-6212

Research and Professional Interests

My field of research is auditory neuroscience.  I hold degrees in electrical engineering, acoustics, and speech/language/hearing science, with further specialization in neuroscience and music. With this background I take an interdisciplinary approach to auditory research, interfacing with clinicians, scientists, engineers, and musicians. My research interests center around auditory neurodevelopment, the development of speech/voice perception, and general auditory perception. 

Graduate Student Lab Members

Taylor Arenz

Research and Professional Interests

Taylor is in her second year of the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science with a minor in the psychology of children with exceptionalities from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland. Her professional interests include diagnostic testing and treatment in the pediatric population. Her research interests include the maturation rate differences between the left brain and the right brain and Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing in the pediatric population.

Melanie Flores

Melanie Flores

Research and Professional Interests

Melanie is a senior in the Speech and Hearing Science department with a concentration in Neuroscience of Communication. Her current research involvement is analyzing MRI images of preterm infants and relating that to their auditory neural development. She enjoys learning about the auditory experience of these populations and hopes to work in a medical setting with those patients in the future.

Jana Khudr

Research and Professional Interests

Jana is in her first year of the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Audiology Sciences with a minor in Public Health from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Her professional interests include amplification and pediatric audiology. Her research interests include auditory neurodevelopment and optimizing care for vulnerable populations.

Raquel Rojas

Research and Professional Interests

Raquel is in her second year of the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida. Her professional interests include pediatrics and special tests such as ABR and VNG. Her research interests include extended high frequency hearing and its relationship to musicianship and speech in noise.

Hannah Smith

Research and Professional Interests

Hannah is in her first year of the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences with a minor in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities. Her professional interests includes diagnostic testing and habilitation in the pediatric population. Her research interests include auditory neurodevelopment and neuroplasticity in the pediatric population.

 

Allison Trine

Research and Professional Interests

Allison is in her first year of the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language-Pathology & Audiology and Spanish Studies from Andrews University. Her professional interests include diagnostic testing. Her research interests include extended high frequency hearing and its role in language learning.

Undergraduate student lab members

Lauren Vicencio

Research and Professional Interests

Lauren is a freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign studying Interdisciplinary Health Sciences looking to concentrate in Health and Behavior Change. Her academic interests include studying the relationship between metal wellness and physical health in addition to neonatal health. In the future, she hopes to become a physician assistant in obstetrics and gynecology

Lab Alumni

  • Olivia Godnik
  • Anastasia Fafara
  • Paulina Kocon
  • Joanna Way, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Elana Hunt, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Natalie Bianco
  • Elissa Hoffman
  • Molly Cull, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Annelise Schulz
  • Jake Caravello, AuD
  • David Frazier II
  • Jenna Rock
  • Ana Sabic
  • Paige Valente