Faculty Updates


Dr. Miriam van Mersbergen is serving as the voice researcher on a recently awarded grant from the National Science Foundation with a group of researchers from the Institute for Intelligent Systems. The grant, “Language Across Cultures: The Communication Styles of World Leaders,” will be led by Dr. Leah Windsor and includes a cross-disciplinary team from psychology, business, speech science, linguistics, and political science.


Dr. Gavin Bidelman has been awarded a University Research Professorship.

This award was based on recommendations from the VP for Research and Innovation, the Provost, and the Dean of the School. It is a three-year appointment with an annual stipend.


Feenaughty, L. (2021). Dual-task speech performance in multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 53(8). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msard.2021.103077

Ha, S., Johnson, C. J., Oller, D. K., & Yoo, H. (2021). Cross-linguistic comparison of utterance shapes in Korean- and English-learning children: An ambient language effect. Infant Behavior and Development, 62, 101528. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2021.101528

Iannaccone, A., Brewer, C. C., Cheng, P., Duncan, J. L., Maguire, M. G., Audo, I., Ayala, A. R., Bernstein, P., Bidelman, G. M., Cheetham, J. K., Doty, R., Durham, T. A., Hufnagel, R. B., Myers, M., Stingl, K., & Zein, W. (2021). Auditory and olfactory findings from the rate of progression in USH2A-related retinal degeneration (RUSH1A) study. American Journal of Medical Genetics- Part A, 1-11.

Oller, D. K. and Griebel, U. (2021). Functionally flexible signaling and the origin of language. Frontiers in Psychology.

Oller, D. K., Ramsay, G., Bene, E. R., Long, H. L., and Griebel, U. (in press). Protophones, the precursors to speech, dominate the infant vocal landscape. Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. B.

ter Haar, S. M., Fernandez, A. H., Gratier, M., Knörnschild, M., Levelt, C., Moore, R. K., Vellema, M., Wang, X., Oller, D. K. (in press). Cross-species parallels in babbling: animals and algorithms, Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. B.


Bidelman, G. M. (2021). “Unraveling the impact of auditory aging on speech processing via concurrent brainstem and cortical evoked potentials,” XXVII Biennial Symposium of the International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group (IERASG), Cologne, Germany [Virtual], June 20-24, 2021. [Keynote lecture]

In the Media

Dr. Jani Johnson was recently quoted in a Consumer Reports article entitled, “Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Getting Hearing Aids”.

Dr. D. Kimbrough Oller was interviewed for an article in the New York Times. He was also interviewed for a story heard on “All Things Considered” which airs on National Public Radio. Dr. Oller was also interviewed for a story in Science News.