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About us

A very experienced research team, with expertise in tinnitus, delivering internet interventions and running research trials have designed this study. Collaborations between these international experts have ensured that this study is of high quality and contains excellent materials. This is an introduction to the team behind this project:

Program Director and Principal Investigator (PD/PI)

Vinaya Manchaiah is the Jo Mayo Endowed Professor and Professor of Audiology at the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, USA. He has worked in various clinical, teaching, research, and administrative roles. His research mainly focuses on improving the accessibility, affordability, and outcomes of hearing and balance disorders, by promoting self-management and using digital technologies. He has authored over 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts and five textbooks. 

Post-doctoral researcher/ Research Audiologist

Eldré Beukes is the post-doctoral researcher at Lamar University for this project. Her PhD project focused on developing and assessing an Internet-based intervention for tinnitus for a UK population. This work has been awarded the Hallpike Prize in 2018 and the Shapiro Prize from the British Tinnitus Association three years in a row between 2017 and 2019. As a clinical scientist in audiology she has gained much experience managing tinnitus patients and won the Richard May prize during her training. 

 

 

Gerhard Andersson is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Linköping University and Affiliated Professor at Karolinska Institute. He is also devoted to working clinically as a psychologist at the Department of Audiology, as a member of the Tinnitus team. He is one of the leading specialists on Internet interventions for a range of conditions and developed the concept of online tinnitus interventions. He is trained as a CBT therapist and in cognitive and behavioral psychotherapy. He has published over 630 research papers, 50 chapters and 20 books, many in the field of tinnitus and sound sensitivity. He was the winner of the outstanding Swedish psychologist award in 2014, the Nordic prize in medicine in 2014, and received two independent lifetime achievement awards in 2015 and 2017. 

Technical Support

  Srinivas Varadaraj is the Director of Information Technology Systems Security at Lamar University University. He is responsible for the management of the technology that hosts the data from this project and also for assisting with the technical aspects of the project. He has a great deal of experience overseeing the security initiatives at the University. 

George Vlaescu is the Information Technology Systems administrator at Linköping University. He is responsible for setting up the features and functionalities of the platform and assisting with the technical aspects of the project. He has a great deal of experience administrating various technical platforms for international projects and studies. 

Funding

There is no external funding for the current study examining the stepped care approach to ICBT delivery as well the study examining the efficacy of Internet-based intervention for significant others of individuals with tinnitus. However, our previous studies in the United States were funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institute of Health (NIH) under the award number R21DC017214.