People

Kimberly Mueller

Kimberly Mueller (Ph.D., CCC-SLP) — Dr. Mueller’s research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms and behavioral aspects of speech and language changes across the spectrum of normal aging, preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI),  Alzheimer’s disease (AD) dementia, and other forms of dementia. Her work utilizes naturalistic speech-language samples as one means of analyzing and understanding subtle changes to communication. Dr. Mueller is also interested in the design and testing of identification methods of early cognitive change in the presence of AD biomarkers, and multimodal therapeutic interventions to address cognitive-communication difficulties in MCI and dementia due to neurodegenerative disease.

Leah Sanson-Miles

Leah Sanson-Miles — Leah earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Clinicial Psychology from Edgewood College. Prior to joining CCANDL as Lab Manager, she worked as a study coordinator for the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center for nearly 6 years. During that time, she focused primarily on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and early detection of AD related biomarkers. Leah is interested in understanding changes to communication and how they relate to AD biomarkers, and the development of potential therapeutic interventions in those living with MCI and dementia.

Carol Van ​Hulle

Carol Van ​Hulle — Carol earned her graduate degree in psychology with an emphasis on quantitative genetics from the University of Colorado. Dr. Van Hulle has been at UW for over 10 years and currently serves as a biostatistician with Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She is interested in how speech and communication relate to markers of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.

Madeline Hale

Madeline Hale — Madeline received her bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, double majoring in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Neuroscience. She is entering her first year in the MS/PhD program in Speech-Language Pathology at UW-Madison. Madeline is interested in studying the cognitive-communication changes that result from neurodegenerative disease, specifically in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) dementia. She is especially interested in investigating measures of fluency as a possible early detection tool for subtle cognitive changes along the disease spectrum and their relation to AD biomarkers.

Beth Fentress

Beth Fentress — Beth received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas, where she majored in Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders and East Asian Studies. She is a second-year student in the Speech-Language-Pathology clinical MS program. She is interested in neurogenic disorders and the development of comprehensive diagnostic tools.

Emma Gale

Emma Gale — Emma received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is currently a second-year graduate student at UW-Madison pursuing a clinical MS in Speech-Language Pathology. She is interested in adult neurogenic communication disorders and hopes to work with that population in the future.

Emily Hines

Emily Hines — Emily graduated with her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UW-Madison. She is a second year graduate student in the MS-SLP program. She is interested in working with individuals of all ages who have speech and/or language impairments.

Phoebe Crumpton

Phoebe Crumpton — Phoebe received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She will be a first-year graduate student at UW-Madison working towards a clinical MS in Speech-Language Pathology. She is interested in the medical side of Speech-Language Pathology and is passionate about helping solve diversity, equity, and inclusion issues within the field of Speech-Language Pathology.

Halley Dopp

Halley Dopp — Halley is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a bachelor’s degree in both Spanish and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Starting in September 2021, she will start her graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology at UW-Madison. She has an interest in working with Spanish-speaking populations in the U.S. who live with neurogenic communication disorders. Halley feels passionate about working with diverse groups of people and has enjoyed learning alongside her peers and Dr. Mueller.

Frances Violante

Frances Violante — Frances is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a certificate in Education and Educational Services. She plans to attend graduate school for speech-language pathology in the future. Her interests include early identification of Alzheimer’s disease and increasing diversity among Alzheimer’s disease research participants. She is excited to be involved with CCANDL and looks forward to working with Dr. Mueller and the CCANDL team members.

Erin Bruehlman

Erin Bruehlman — Erin is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and pursuing a certificate in Education and Educational Services. She is looking forward to attending graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist and hopes to work with adult populations in a medical setting after graduation. She is currently working on her senior honors thesis with CCANDL that focuses on the potential relationship between sleep, Alzheimer’s Disease biomarkers, and speech-language performance. She has a passion for the environment as well and is actively working to achieve a Green Lab Certification for CCANDL by enacting sustainability measures across the lab. Erin is thrilled to be part of the CCANDL team!

Claire Terp

Claire Terp — Claire is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and pursing a certificate in Disability Rights and Services. She plans to attend graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology and is interested in working with the geriatric population. In lab, Claire works on transcribing speech samples, entering data for various projects, and updating the lab’s social media accounts. Claire is very excited to be involved with CCANDL and is excited to continue learning from Dr. Mueller and other lab members.

Tanna Brubaker

Tanna Brubaker —Tanna is a fourth year undergraduate studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. She plans to attend graduate school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. She is interested in working with the geriatric population and or the school age population. This is Tanna’s first experience working in a lab. Tanna is very excited to work with Dr. Mueller and other lab members.

Kelly Longhini

Kelly Longhini — Kelly is a third year undergraduate student completing her B.S. in Neurobiology with a certificate in Global Health. She intends to pursue a Master in Public Health program, and has interests in neurodegenerative diseases and the neurological pathways associated with memory and language. She is very excited to be involved in CCANDL to learn more about the intersections of communication, aging, and dementia.

Maddie Wherley

Maddie Wherley — Maddie is a third-year undergraduate student studying Neurobiology and Life Sciences Communication. She plans to attend Dental School after graduation, and she is excited to work with both children and the geriatric population. Currently, she is working on a research project that focuses on the effects of depression on speech and its connection to cognition. She is excited to be involved with the CCANDL lab, Dr. Mueller, and the other lab members!

George Kostas

George Kostas — George is an undergraduate student studying Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish. His goal is to become a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Speech-Language Pathologist (NICU SLP) and research the effects dysphagia has on neonates of Latinx heritage. George has an interest in using his trilingual background (Greek, English and Spanish) to aid patients whose native language isn’t English to help bridge the gap in health disparities in our field. He is grateful to be working for Dr. Mueller’s lab and learning about issues patients face in getting access to Alzheimer’s treatment through the DEI discussions.

Esmma Almousa

Esmma Almousa — Esmma is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Data Science and intends to pursue a certificate in Global Health. She is interested in data science applications to research topics in neuroscience. Esmma is excited to work with Dr. Mueller to use code to solve problems, apply data analysis to recognize speech patterns, and work alongside other lab members to learn from new perspectives.

Lab Alumni

CCANDL extends many thanks to every lab member who has joined our team for making CCANDL the successful lab it is today. We wish every member well in their future endeavors.

Hannah Belay

Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Evans

Kristina Fiscus

Erin Forsyth

Marissa Gall

Brooklyn Hackbarth

Erin Hackett

Audra Koscik

Sarah Kraning

Sophia Linsenmeyer

Rachael Look

Chris Naber

Aarya Parikh

Cassandra Peters

Sarah Riedeman

Sydney Wellenstein