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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.



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.Financial Disclosure: Dr. Soman has no financial relationships to disclose.



Teresa H. Caraway, PhD., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Teresa H. Caraway, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, CEO of Hearing First, an educational endeavor of the Oberkotter Foundation, supports families and professionals on the Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) journey through Awareness, Education and Community. With more than 30 years experience in Auditory-Verbal practice, consulting, and presenting, Dr. Caraway served as the Founding President of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and Co-Founder and Executive Co-Director of Hearts for Hearing. She served on the Board of Auditory-Verbal International and was a founding board member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.

Financial Disclosure: Teresa Caraway is employed by Hearing First.  


‚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.



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.