Dr. Donai received his Doctor of Audiology (AuD) from Towson University. He went on to work in private practice and eventually became the Director of Audiology at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, TX. He then earned a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center prior to coming to West Virginia University. He teaches courses in Amplification, Anatomy & Physiology, Psychoacoustics, and Audiology practice management.
NORMAN J. LASS, PH.D., CO-DIRECTOR
Norman J. Lass, Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Virginia University, has been involved in research on speech perception, including speaker gender and ethnic identification, perceptions of accented English, and American regional dialects. He has over 150 publications in refereed national journals, 22 authored or edited books and monographs, and over 250 papers presented at professional national, international, and state association meetings. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
RACHEL HALBRITTER, GRADUATE STUDENT
Rachel Halbritter is a doctoral student studying audiology at West Virginia University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University in 2013, with a minor in Communications. She currently works as a graduate research assistant to Dr. Donai in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
MARIAH JENNINGS, GRADUATE STUDENT
Mariah Jennings is a first-year Au.D. student currently completing a research project examining possible difference in gender identification from degraded vowels among musicians and non-musicians.