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Presenter Bios

Patricia Roush, AuD

Dr. Patricia Roush is Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine where she specializes in working with infants and young children with hearing loss. She has published extensively and lectured internationally on topics related to pediatric audiology and hearing loss in children.


Disclosure: Finncial - Patricia Roush is employed by the University of North Carolina. Non-Financial - She serves as a member on the advisory board for Hear the World Foundation and as a board member and speaker for Phonak.


Ivette Cejas, PhD

Dr. Ivette Cejas is an Associate Professor and Director of Family Support Services at the University of Miami. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida. Dr. Cejas is a well-known researcher in the area of pediatric hearing loss and is on the Board of Directors of AG Bell.


Disclosure: Financial - Ivette Cejas is employed by the University of Miami. She has received research grants from Advanced Bionics, Med-El, and NDCID. Nin-Financial - She serves on the board of directors for AG Bell.  



Beth Walker Wooten, MEd, CED, LSLS Cert. AVT

Beth Walker Wooten, M.Ed., C.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, Coordinator, Hearing First Professional Learning Community.  Beth has been teaching and learning from children with hearing loss and their parents for over 35 years, working in schools, clinics, homes, and through tele-intervention.  She is currently a practicing LSL specialist, mentor, and educational consultant in private practice, with a zeal for coaching and mentoring aspiring LSL professionals.  She lives with her husband and four teenage boys in a testosterone cloud in Alabama.  Two of her sons have hearing loss.

Disclosure: Financial - Beth Walker Wooten is employed by Hearing First.  She has no significant Non-FInancial relationships to disclose. 


‚ÄčLyn Robertson, PhD

Lyn Robertson, Ph.D., researches literacy development in children with hearing loss who learn language through the A-V approach. Her book, Reading and Deafness: Listening and Spoken Language, addresses the relationships among spoken language acquisition, cognitive processes, and literacy. She retired from teaching at Denison University, Granville, Ohio, in 2013.

Disclosure: Lyn Robertson has no financial relationships to disclose. Non-Financial - She previously served as a member and president of the board of directors for AG Bell. 


Derek Houston, PhD

Derek Houston, PhD is a Cognitive Psychologist and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Ohio State University. In 2000, he constructed the world's first laboratory to assess speech perception in infants who receive cochlear implants. He investigates linguistic, cognitive, and social skills of young children with and without hearing loss.

Disclosure: Derek Houston has no significant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose. 


Ashley S. Garber, MS. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Ashley S. Garber is a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Auditory Verbal Therapist who is dedicated to accelerating auditory development and spoken language outcomes for children who are deaf and hard of hearing through her consulting practice. As a speaker, mentor, coach and teacher she has had the opportunity to lead and learn from professionals across the country as well as internationally.

Disclosure: Financial - Ashley Garber is a consultant for Hearing First. Non-Financial - She has a non-financial relationship with AG Bell, who provides her certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. She volunteers for the Global Foundation for Children  with Hearing Loss. 

Kay Bachmann, PhD

Kay Bachmann, Ph.D. is an audiologist specializing in pediatric dizziness and balance disorders. Currently the Coordinator of Research in the Pediatric Balance Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, she has co-authored many articles in the area of pediatric hearing and balance. Kay is also an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati

Disclosure: Financial - Kay Bachmann is employed by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is receiving an honorarium for her presentation. Non-Financial - Kay serves on an advisory committee for the American Academy of Audiology.