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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 Principle 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 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and three text books. 

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 and 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 in both 2017 and 2018. As a clinical scientist in audiology she has gained much experience managing tinnitus patients and won the Richard May prize during her training. 

Research Assistant/Spanish Translator

María Fernanda Muñoz is a 3rd year Audiology student at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She has dedicated her first 2 years of graduate school to research, with a focus on health literacy in Spanish speakers and the development of a Tinnitus Management Program for this population. Upon graduating, she wishes to return to her hometown in South Texas and continue to work with the undeserved Hispanic population in her community. 

Senior Key Personnel/ Advisors 

Marc Fagelson is Professor of Audiology at East Tennessee State University where he teaches many audiology-related courses.  He has co-edited a book on tinnitus and a further book on sound intolerance. He has presented at more than 100 conferences and workshops, largely focused on mechanisms and management of tinnitus and sound intolerance. He opened the James H. Quillen Mountain Home VAMC Tinnitus Clinic in 2001, which has since enrolled more than 1000 patients. His work centers on tinnitus management for patients who suffer from co-occurring effects of trauma.  

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. 

Elizabeth Parks Aronson received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University in 1997. She has taught at New York University, Kennesaw State University, and Lamar University, where she  is currently the Director of the Lamar Psychology Clinic.

Dr. Aronson is a licensed psychologist who has also spent many years in private practice. She specializes in treating adults with anxiety disorders and those affected by chronic or life-threatening illness. She currently supervises student training in psychotherapy as the training director for the clinical track of the Master's Program in Applied Psychology at Lamar University.

 

 

Stacia DeSantis is a Professor of Biostatics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has developed novel statistical methods with applications to longitudinal and missing data in alcohol substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, traumatic brain injury, and cancer. For 5 years she was part of a Specialized Center of Research on addiction. Along with collaborators, she has been a major statistical lead in several multi-center randomized controlled trials in mental health and trauma. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed research papers. Her work has been funded by various agencies including the NIMH, NIAAA, and NINDS for development of these statistical methods and/or for collaborative research in substance use, mental health, and traumatic brain injury. 

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.