The purpose of this program, directed by Douglas Keefe, Ph.D., is to furnish postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to develop and broaden their research capabilities in one or a combination of scientific disciplines related to human communication and its disorders. A number of exceptional features associated with the program are particularly advantageous to trainees, including:
- A training faculty of full-time scientists to serve as sponsors
- A staff of research-oriented clinicians with access to a large and varied patient population
- Modern, well-equipped laboratories and diagnostic clinics
- A stimulating mix of fundamental and clinically relevant research projects
- A strong core support staff
A T32 institutional postdoctoral training grant from National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides stipends for three trainees in behavioral and clinical translational research appointments with mentors listed below. Additional positions may on occasion be available in these labs or in other research areas including biology, physiology and genetics based on other funding outside of the T32 grant.
Description of Training
The principal component of our postdoctoral training is research in collaboration with, or under the supervision of, one or more experienced investigators on a mutually determined research problem. Training always involves direct participation by the postdoctoral fellow in all aspects of research, from planning to manuscript preparation.
The training program encourages interdisciplinary approaches where feasible and provides an opportunity for the trainees to gain at least some research experience in disciplines not directly related to their area of interest. Finally, the program encourages the trainees to become familiar with communication disorders and with the primary clinical procedures used in their assessment and treatment.
The goals of the postdoctoral training program are reached through a combination of supervised research, seminars and elective courses. NIH strongly encourages postdoctoral fellows to complete a minimum of two years of research training and limits stipend-supported training to a maximum of three years.
As part of the T32 training program, postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to prepare and submit applications for individual (F32) postdoctoral fellowships after they come to Boys Town National Research Hospital. This provides a structured planning process for the postdoctoral research program, gives the applicant experience in NIH grant preparation, results in external review of the proposed research, and releases T32 funds for additional trainees.
T32 Program Research Faculty
The research faculty members of the T32 program are listed below. Mentors for postdoctoral training with T32 support are selected from this list. Trainees working with a more junior mentor are also paired with a more senior mentor.
Angela AuBuchon, Ph.D. - Working Memory and Language
James Blair, Ph.D. - Neurobehavioral Research
Karina Blair, Ph.D. - fMRI-based Anxiety and Trauma Research
Adam Bosen, Ph.D. - Auditory Perceptual Encoding
Monita Chatterjee, Ph.D. - Auditory Prostheses and Perception
Christopher Conway, Ph.D. - Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning and Language
Katherine Gordon, Ph.D. - Language Learning and Memory
Kristen Janky, Ph.D. - Audiology and Vestibular Services
Douglas Keefe, Ph.D. - Middle-ear and Otoacoustic Emissions
Kaylah Lalonde, Ph.D. - Audiovisual Speech Processing
Hope Sparks Lancaster, Ph.D. - Etiologies of Language and Literacy Laboratory
Lori Leibold, Ph.D. - Human Auditory Development
Ryan McCreery, Ph.D. - Hearing and Amplification
Karla McGregor, Ph.D. - Word Learning
Gabrielle Merchant, Au.D., Ph.D. - Translational Auditory Physiology and Perception
Stephen Neely, D.Sc. - Communication Engineering
Daniel Rasetshwane, Ph.D. - Auditory Signal Processing
- G. Christopher Stecker, Ph.D. – Spatial Hearing and Auditory Neuroscience
Krystal Werfel, Ph.D. - Written Language Laboratory
- Kathryn Wiseman, Ph.D.
Candidates who have completed a PhD, DSc, MD or MD-PhD are selected on the basis of their demonstrated research capability and their likelihood of benefiting from, and contributing to, areas of ongoing research at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Particular attention is paid to identifying and recruiting qualified candidates among minorities and women.
Please contact Douglas Keefe if you have any questions about the program at
Douglas.Keefe@boystown.org. If you wish to apply to the program, please complete the pre-application form below.
Pre-Application for Postdoctoral Training
View or complete the BTNRH Pre-Application Form for postdoctoral training.
Current and Past T32 Trainees
For current and past T32 trainees listing,