Social/Networking Events

Research Conferences/Presentations

Student/ARCT Lab Accomplishments




We are pleased to announce Dr. Arnold's recent Early Career Research Award from the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD; R21DC018655-01 ). Her series of studies will focus on the development and assessment of Spanish-language patient education materials for hearing loss self-management.

Congratulations Dr. Arnold!

Social/Networking Events

 "Social Distancing During COVID-19"

arct social distance

The ARCT lab continues to practice social distancing and staying connected via Microsoft Teams during COVID-19

 "Farewell Lunch for Hannah, Payton, & Alexis"

Farewell Lunch

"Happy Holidays from the ARCT Lab"

christmas lunch 2017

The ARCT lab enjoyed the holidays. We hope everyone else did, too!

 "ARCT Lab Says Farewell to Courtney, Sara, and Pablo."

ARCT Lab Dinner

Doctoral resident, Courtney Matthews and graduate research assistants, Celia Riffel, Sara Korman and Pablo Galicia are off to new places! Courtney has completed her 4th year externship, graduated from USF with her Au.D, and is now Dr. Matthews. She is now working at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates, in North Carolina. Celia, Sara and Pablo have completed their coursework, and are now off to their 4th year externships! Celia is now the doctoral resident for the ARCT Lab. Sara is currently at ENT Associates of South Florida, and Pablo is at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

 "ARCT Lab Welcomes Dr. Stefan Launer."

SL Dinner

Dr. Stefan Launer visited the ARCT Lab in January of 2016. Dr. Launer is the Vice President of Advanced Concepts and Technologies for hearing aid manufacturer, Phonak. While here, he met with some of the Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty and also received a tour of the USF Hearing Clinic. Two days of discussions included current and future research projects.

Research Conferences/Presentations


Dr. Arnold and ARCT lab member Breanne Schwartz presented her Audiology Doctoral Project, "A Pilot Assessment of eAudiology for Hearing Aid Follow-Up Appointments" at the American Auditory Society on March 2, 2020, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Their project was also a recipient of an Outstanding Mentored Student Research Award. Congrats to Breanne and Dr. Arnold!

Congratulations to Emily, Morgan, & Marsha for completing their audiology doctoral project!

Word Recognition in Quiet Performance Presentation


The ARCT Lab investigators, Drs. Michelle Arnold & Victoria Sanchez, will be presenting at the upcoming FLAA conference. Hope you can join them!

Speaker Spotlight: ABA Tier 1 Course Offering Setting the Gold Standard – Patient Care

Presented by Michelle Arnold, Au.D., CCC-A & Victoria Sanchez, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A

Novel approaches for reducing cognitive decline in older adults are needed given the aging of the population and the personal, socioeconomic, and public health implications of cognitive impairment in older adults. To date, however, there has never been a large randomized trial investigating whether hearing loss treatment could reduce cognitive and other functional declines in older adults. To address the need for this research, NIH-NIA funded a clinical trials planning grant R34 "Planning a Trial of Hearing Rehabilitative Treatment to Reduce Cognitive Decline" (Lin & Coresh, Co-PIs). This session will describe the patient-centered, best-practices audiological assessment and intervention for older adults with hearing loss, developed for wide scale use in the "Aging and Cognitive Health in Elders"" (ACHIEVE; PIs Coresh, Lin) clinical trial. Four general process areas involved in patient-centered, best-practice hearing rehabilitation for adults will be discussed: (1) Assessment and Goal Settings; (2) Technical Aspects of Treatment; (3) Orientation, Counseling, and Follow-up; and (4) Outcomes Assessment.


"American Auditory Society Conference, 2018"

Dr. Sanchez at the American Auditory Society


Dr. Arnold, Michelle, and Preyanca at the AAS conference.

"Aging and Speech Communication Conference, 2017"

Nick Reed and Vicky at ASC 2017

 ARCT Lab principal investigator, Dr. Sanchez, presents poster with Dr. Nicholas Reed, a collaborator from Johns Hopkins University, on "Factors Predicting Change in Aided QuickSIN Performance."


pre poster


 ARCT Lab member, Preyanca Oree, a 3rd year research assistant, presents poster titled "Evaluation of a Hearing Loss Toolkit for Self-Management."

"Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 2018"

Dr. Sanchez and collaborators will be presenting the following at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO). ARO will be held in San Diego.

Sanchez, V.A., Sharman, A., Sajjala, A., Hutchison, J., Large, C.H. (Upcoming). Hearing Outcomes in a Phase Ib Clinical Trial Evaluating the Safety, Pharmacokinetics, and Exploratory Pharmacodynamics of AUT00206 in Patients with Schizophrenia. Poster to be Presented at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) MidWinter Conference, San Diego, California, February 9 – 14, 2018.

Sanchez, V.A., Sharman, A., Thasma, S., Hutchison, J., Saeed,S., Large,C.H.,Harris, P. (Upcoming). Pilot Trial Exploring AUT00063, an Oral Modulator of Voltage-gated Potassium Channels, in Cochlear Implant Users: QuicK+fire. Poster to be Presented at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) MidWinter Conference, San Diego, California, February 9th – 14th, 2018.

"Audiology Online Conference"

Drs. Sanchez & Arnold are excited to be presenters at Audiology 2017: Cutting-Edge Perspectives in Service Delivery for Older Adults. This online conference is packed with the latest evidence-based approaches for treating older adults with hearing loss. It starts October 11th and you can earn up to 3.0 ASHA CEUs! Click here to register!

"Celia Escabi to present at START-CSD symposium."

Fourth year resident, Celia Escabi, will be presenting a poster titled "Comparison Between Self-Reported Difficulties and Two Clinically Available Speech-in-Noise Tests Among Listeners with Age-Related Hearing Loss" at the START-CSD Interdisciplinary Research Symposium on April 11, 2017 at 1:00 to 2:15 PM in the PCD Breezeway.

"Dr. Victoria Sanchez attends AudiologyNOW! Conference."

Dr. Victoria Sanchez is attending the American Academy of Audiology's
AudiologyNOW! conference in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 5th through the 8th.

"ARCT Lab Goes to AZ for AAS Conference."

aas ts award

Congratulations to Drs. Saunders, Smith, Frederick, McArdle, Wilson and Chisolm on winning the Editor's Award for Outstanding Publication in Ear and Hearing 2016!

VS CE AAS Posters

On March 1st through the 3rd, members of the lab, Drs. Sanchez and Arnold, 4th year resident, Celia Escabi & 2rd year graduate student, Preyanca Oree presented their posters at the American Auditory Society's Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

MLA PO AAS Posters


ARCT Lab members enjoying lunch with Dr. Harry Levitt at the American Auditory Society's conference.


AAS Dinner

ARCT Lab members enjoying dinner with collaborators, Drs., Rachel McArdle, Gabby Saunders, Mel Ferguson, Harvey Abrams & Sherri Smith, during the American Auditory Society's conference.


"The ARCT Lab to Attend AAS."

The ARCT lab will be attending The American Auditory Society's (AAS) conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Dr. Sanchez will be presenting a poster on findings from CLARITY-1, a randomized controlled drug trial.
Dr. Arnold will be presenting a poster on the development process of a "Hearing Loss Toolkit."
Celia will be presenting a poster on speech in noise tests performance in listeners with age-related hearing loss.
Preyanca will be presenting a poster on her doctoral project titled "Evaluation of a Hearing Loss Toolkit for Self-Management."

"WCA 2016"

The 33rd World Congress of Audiology will be held in Vancouver on September 18th-21st. Our Lab will be represented by Dr. Chisolm, Dr. Sanchez, and Dr. Arnold. We are looking forward to enhancing relevant knowledge and skills for being an evidence-based hearing healthcare practitioner.

Student/ARCT Lab Accomplishments

Congratulations to our research assistants Breanne Schwartz and Haley Neil for receiving the AAA 2020 James and Susan Jerger Award for Excellence in Student Research! We are so proud of you!

Breanne Schwartz and Haley Neil for receiving the AAA 2020 James and Susan Jerger Award

You can check out their research poster “A Pilot Assessment of E-Audiology for Hearing Aid Follow-Up Appointments” by clicking this link:

"Congratulations Dr. Chisolm for great achievements over the past 30 years at USF!"

Congratulations on 30 years!

"Congrats to Preyanca and Kalene!"

Preyanca Kalene ADP

On April 13th, 2018 Preyanca Oree and Kalene Gutman presented their audiology doctoral project titled, "Evaluation of a Hearing Loss Toolkit for Self-management." Congrats Preyanca and Kalene!



"Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) Kick-Off Meeting"

Achieve Kick off meeting full team 2017

The ARCT Lab attended the kick-off meeting for the NIH/NIA funded study "Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders," also called ACHIEVE. Attendees included Principal Investigators, Drs. Frank Lin and Joseph Coresh, along with members from study sites including Johns Hopkins University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and University of Minnesota.

Achieve Kick off meeting HI team 2017


"Congrats to Dr. Arnold for her recent publication!"

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Arnold for the recent publication of her study entitled, "Medicaid Hearing Aid Coverage for Older Adult Beneficiaries: A State-by-State Comparison" in August's edition of Health Affairs. Dr. Arnold's study is the first comprehensive review of state-level Medicaid coverage for hearing aids. 

"Congrats to Celia" 

celia award

Congratulations to Celia Escabi for receiving an award from the University of South Florida Student Association for Research and Teaching in Communication Sciences and Disorders (START-CSD) 2017 Research Symposium for her outstanding methodology.


"Charissa Presents her Doctoral Project!"

Charissa Hicks ADP 2017

On April 14th, Charissa Hicks presented her audiology doctoral project titled, "Predictive value of the theory of planned behavior in help-seeking behavior." Congrats Charissa!

 "Dr. Victoria Sanchez and ARCT Lab undergraduate member, Payton Brown selected for the SRI@FMHI Research Program."

Congrats to ARCT lab undergraduate member, Payton Brown, for getting a summer research opportunity at the NIMH Summer Research Institute (SRI) at the Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI). The program provides an intensive ten-week research experience for students who are interested in conducting research on mental illness and related disorders. The SRI@FMHI is designed for students interested in building their research skills, within the context of mental health to help them prepare for a Senior Thesis and/or graduate school. Six students were selected for the SRI@FMHI. Each SRI scholar is matched with a faculty mentor who has similar areas of research to mentor the scholar during the program. To be considered for the program, scholars must have completed a minimum of 60 hours of college coursework and have begun coursework in their academic major. Other qualifications include: an expected graduation date no earlier than December of 2017, and a letter of reference. Scholars also should have taken courses in statistics and research methodology to be eligible. Dr. Victoria Sanchez will be Payton's mentor throughout the program. The program will take place from May 29th to August 2nd.

"Dr. Michelle Arnold presents her dissertation."

On Friday, 3/24/2017, Dr. Arnold successfully defended her dissertation proposal entitled, "Factors Related to Hearing Aid Use Among Older Hispanic Adults", bringing her one step closer to a PhD in Aging Studies. Congrats Dr. A !

"Congratulations to Drs. Saunders, Smith, Chisolm, McArdle & Wilson!"

Their article entitled, "A Randomized Control Trial: Supplementing Hearing Aid Use with Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE) Auditory Training", which was published in Ear and Hearing Journal (37(4):381-396), was selected to be recognized at the 2017 American Auditory Society (AAS) meeting with the Ear and Hearing Editors' Award.

Each year the Editorial Board members select an Ear and Hearing article to be recognized for its outstanding contribution to the literature on hearing and balance. The overarching goal at Ear and Hearing is to publish articles that not only advance our basic understanding of hearing and balance but also seek to translate that knowledge into future clinical practice. The members of AAS believe this article is an outstanding example of the sort of work that does just that!

Drs. Saunders, Smith, Chisolm, McArdle & Wilson will be recognized in Scottsdale, Arizona during the AAS meeting (March 3rd-5th, 2017).


"Celia Presents her Doctoral Project."


On January 13th 2017, 4th year resident, Celia Escabi presented her Audiology Doctoral Research Project at USF's Audiology Departments Grand Rounds, titled "An Evaluation of the QuickSIN and LiSN-S Test Among Listeners with Age-Related Hearing Loss."

"Drs. Sanchez and Frisina invited to Scientific Advisory Board for Rescue Hearing Inc."

Rescue Hearing Inc. (RHI) has assembled a group of visionary, internationally recognized physicians, scientists and bio engineers who share a common passion for developing therapies for humans suffering from hearing loss. The team is developing therapeutic and diagnostic platforms that will address the most difficult of hearing loss indications. For more information visit the RHI website.