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Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology
 
 
 
Evoked Potentials/Multicultural Issues Lab
   
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  •  Second Bachelor of Science
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Multicultural Issues Lab
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About the Evoked Potentials/Multicultural Issues Lab

In this lab, research is focused in the area of Aging with an emphasis on auditory changes in the brain exhibited by evoked potentials. The effect of Smoking and secondhand smoke are also explored in aging adults compared to younger persons. Another research area addresses the impact of Multicultural factors like language background and ethnicity on communicative abilities and hearing assessment.



Current Projects

  • A Comparison of two Speech Recognition Threshold (SRT) Tests in normal hearing children with and without language impairment.
    • This study examines how children aged 3-12 years, with and without language impairments, performs on the current SRT test compared to an alternative Digit SRT test.
    • Selected participants have their speech, language, hearing, and cognitive skills screened through standardized tests using games and pictures.
    Research Interest Form - SRT/LI
  • Effect of Limited English Proficiency on Children’s Speech Recognition Skills
    • This study examines the effectiveness of the current SRT test vs. an alternative Digit SRT test in children, ages 4-12 with limited English proficiency (LEP) compared to children who are native speakers of English.
    • The LEP children would be those who have a first language that is NOT English, or who are new learners of English, or are described as being bilingual or multilingual.
    • Selected participants earn an incentive of $30 for attending two sessions that include speech, language, hearing, and cognitive assessments.
    Research Interest Form - SRT-LEP
  • Secondhand Smoke effects on central auditory function in teenagers & young adults
    • This study examines the effects of secondhand smoke on the central auditory system in young adults, ages 14-30 years.
    • Participants will have a hearing test, an evoked potential measurement from the scalp showing brain responses to sound, and provide a urine sample to verify the presence/absence of nicotine in the body.
    • An incentive of $15 is provided upon completion of the above procedures.
    Research Interest Questionnaire


Participation in Research

If you or your child would like to participate in any research project, please contact us or fill out the relevant form above and mail it to: 

Dr. Ishara Ramkissoon
University of South Alabama
Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology
1119 HAHN, 5721 USA Drive North
Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Email: eplab1093@gmail.com

 

Faculty and Staff

  • Dr. Julie M. Estis, Collaborator
  • Undergraduate Students
    • Surabhi Vinod, Honors student
  • Graduate Students
    • Haley Caruso, AuD student
    • Ashley Johnston, SLP student
    • Anna Maddox, AuD student
    • Jonalyn Moore, AuD student
    • Mandy Payne, AuD student
    • Jerica Pressley, SLP student
    • Megan Smith, SLP student
    • Shelby Tiffin, AuD student
    • Rebecca Welty, AuD Student
  • Lab Alumni
    • Mihika Batavia, D.O. student


Contact Us

    Evoked Potential/Multicultural Issues Lab
    University of South Alabama
    Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology
    1119 HAHN, 5721 USA Drive North
    Mobile, AL 36688-0002
    Phone: 251-445-9393
    eplab1093@gmail.com



Driving Directions

    From Airport Blvd:
    • Take University Blvd north (right if you are coming from I-65) and as you cross Old Shell Rd, you will see the campus on your left.
    • At the third traffic light, turn left on USA North Drive and the Health Sciences Building will be the building at the intersection on the left. From the parking lot at back of the building, you will see the outside entrance for the USA Speech and Hearing Center. Park in "Patient Parking" and enter the lobby. Request a parking pass for your vehicle.

    From Springhill Ave/Moffett Rd/ Zeigler Blvd:
    • Take University Blvd south and the first part of the University you pass will be the USA Research Park on the right, including a traffic light at the entrance.
    • The next traffic light to the right is USA North Drive, and the Health Sciences Building is the large building at the intersection of USA North and University Blvd located on the right. From the parking lot in the back of the building, you will see the outside entrance for the USA Speech and Hearing Center. Park in "Patient Parking" and enter the lobby. Request a parking pass for your vehicle


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University of South Alabama Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology