Research Assistant Professor
8077 Greenmead Drive Avrum Gudelsky, Building #795, Room 1111
The goal of Stefanie Kuchinsky’s research program is to evaluate and improve speech and text comprehension in adverse conditions. For example, older adults with hearing loss are particularly challenged when listening to speech in background noise; not only do they recognize fewer words than normal-hearing adults, but they also report increased listening effort. Using functional neuroimaging and pupillometry techniques, Dr. Kuchinsky investigates the sensory and attention systems that support speech-in-noise understanding with the goal of developing effective interventions that optimize both comprehension and cognitive effort.
Dr. Kuchinsky received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Illinois in 2009 and completed postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience in the Hearing Research Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to being an MNC faculty member, she is also an Assistant Research Scientist at UMD’s Center for Advanced Study of Language.