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Kelly Murphy

Courtesy of Kelly Murphy

2006 – Audiology

Clinical Manager of Audiology
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

”I found the clinical practicum at UNC widely varying and interesting. It really exposed me to a variety of clinic settings including school hearing screenings, pediatric and adult hearing aids and cochlear implants, and vestibular assessments. I stayed in each clinic placement long enough to develop bonds with the patient and see their diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders.”

Philip Griffin

Courtesy of Philip Griffin

2007 – Audiology

Specialty: Balance disorders
Hearing Clinic, Greensboro, North Carolina

”Audiology combines the rewards of helping your fellow humans through personal interaction and the challenge of rigorous scientific study. In other words, you get to interact with the general public and feel good at the end of the day because you feel you made a difference. But, you also get your ”geek-time” to study all the wonderful scientific intricacies of the human hearing and balance system…It was very rewarding to be mentored and trained by such high-class people. You get a little spoiled at UNC, surrounded by professors and clinical preceptors with such great knowledge and skills. You wish you had pocket-sized versions of them to take around with you everyday!”

Meredith Edgerton

Courtesy of Meredith Edgerton

2006 – Audiology

Specialty: Pediatric audiology and cochlear implants
Medical University of South Carolina

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my training at UNC was the patients I worked with. The AuD program is heavily weighted in clinical practicum. This is really where you learn the necessary skills to become an audiologist. I remember during my first practicum with cochlear implants, I witnessed a mom hearing her children’s voices for the first time during her initial stimulation appointment…Hearing is one of the most important senses. Being able to provide better hearing and communication skills to children so they might later be mainstreamed into school is a wonderful opportunity.”

Twyla Perryman

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2009 PhD

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow
Vanderbilt University, Kennedy Center, Nashville, Tennessee

“There are so many things that families deal with on a daily basis such as trying to obtain appropriate services and school placement, attending to the needs of other family members while having a child who may require a lot of attention, and wondering what the future will hold for their child. The parents who courageously face these circumstances everyday are true heroes in my eyes. My experiences at UNC taught me consider contextual aspects by thinking about how family and community factors may impact the diagnostic process and intervention. Thus, I have decided to integrate these contextual aspects into my research and help provide families with interventions that are relevant to their individual circumstances.”

Gary Martin

Photo: Robert Ladd

Gary Martin, PhD, Investigator, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, talks about his research in language development in children with intellectual disability and autism.

2008 PhD

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