I am a Research Investigator (PI) in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Center at Water Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. I am also an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) and the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at UMD. I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Illinois and postdoctoral training in the Hearing Research Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. Using neuroimaging and pupillometry techniques, I investigate the sensory and attention systems that support language understanding in adverse conditions. I conduct much of this work at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC) at UMD. A primary focus of my work aims to mitigate the speech-recognition challenges faced by older adults with hearing loss through interventions that optimize both comprehension accuracy and cognitive effort. 

Degrees

  • PhD
    Psychology; University of Illinois
Research Methods
fMRI
Neuroimaging
Linguistics
Behavior
Pupillometry
Eye Tracking
Research Interests
Auditory Neuroscience
fMRI
Language
Brain Imaging
Neuroscience
Dr. Stefanie E. Kuchinsky
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD 20889-5600
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
Email
skuchins [at] umd.edu