The Ohio State University
My name is Andrew Blank and I am a 3rd year Ph.D. student at The Ohio State University. I originally trained to be a pediatric and educational audiologist. However, during my graduate studies and clinical experiences, I came to appreciate that enormous and unaccounted for individual differences in spoken language and executive function (EF) outcomes exist for children with hearing aids and cochlear implants, and that much of the research informing best-practice intervention guidelines has neglected the role of specific dimensions of the family system (e.g., parental behaviors, environmental characteristics, etc.). These two empirical knowledge gaps have motivated me to investigate how familial processes can positively or negatively contribute to pediatric HL outcomes.