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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.

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Leah Sanson-Miles

Leah Sanson-Miles — Leah earned her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from Edgewood College. Prior to joining CCANDL as Research Program 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.

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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.

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Kristin Basche

Kristin Basche — Kristin earned her MPH concentrated in Biostatistics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently serves as a biostatistician with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Kristin is interested in understanding how changes in speech and communication relate to Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers.

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Matt Froze

Matt Froze — Matt earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from UW-Madison. Before coming to CCANDL, he worked for Rogers Behavioral Health, assisting clients to ameliorate their mental health symptoms. He also recruited research participants and administered cognitive batteries as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the MIDUS project at UW. He is excited to contribute to the CCANDL team and learn more about potential therapeutic interventions for those afflicted with MCI and dementia.

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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 currently a student 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.

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Hayley Olson

Hayley Olson —Hayley received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Kansas in Neuroscience with a minor in Linguistics in 2020. She is currently a student in the Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences & Disorders at UW-Madison. Hayley is interested in studying testing measures of language in persons with Aphasia and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), neuroimaging to understand language organization in the brain, and fluency as it pertains to early detection of AD. She is also interested in increasing access to research in underrepresented groups and diversifying AD research.

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Frances Violante

Frances Violante — Frances graduated 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 is a second-year graduate student at UW-Madison working towards a clinical MS in Speech-Language Pathology.  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.

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Erin Bruehlman

Erin Bruehlman — Erin received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders and received a certificate in Education and Educational Services. She is a second-year graduate student at UW-Madison working towards a clinical MS in Speech-Language Pathology. She hopes to work with adult populations in a medical setting after graduation. During her time as an undergraduate with CCANDL, she completed a senior honors thesis that focused on the potential relationship between sleep, Alzheimer’s Disease biomarkers, and speech-language performance. She has a passion for the environment as well and acquired a Green Lab Certification for CCANDL by enacting sustainability measures across the lab. She also aided in acquiring a sustainability grant for Goodnight Hall. Erin is thrilled to be part of the CCANDL team!

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Claire Terp

Claire Terp — Claire received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders and received a certificate in Disability Rights and Services. She is a second-year graduate student at UW-Madison working towards a clinical MS in Speech-Language Pathology.  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.

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Camryn Streid

Camryn Streid — Camryn earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati in Speech-Language Hearing Sciences (SLHS). She is currently in her second year at UW-Madison working towards her clinical MS in Speech-Language Pathology. She is interested in working with people with neurogenic disorders and understanding how to best support these individuals while enhancing their participation in life. She is also interested in understanding language and communication changes that occur with neurodegenerative disorders.

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Olivia Goulette

Olivia Goulette — Olivia earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and earned certificates in Education and Educational Services and Disability Rights and Services. She is currently a first-year graduate student at UW-Madison working towards a clinical MS in Speech-Language Pathology. After completing her graduate studies, she plans on working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a hospital or school setting. Olivia is interested in disorders and injuries to the brain that affect communication and memory. She is grateful to be involved with CCANDL and looks forward to learning from Dr. Mueller and the other CCANDL team members.

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Alayna Miller

Alayna Miller — Alayna is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with a certificate in Education Policy. She plans to attend graduate school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist in hopes of working with disabled individuals, whether that be in a hospital or a research-based setting. She’s thrilled to be joining CCANDL’s team and is excited to learn!

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Douglas Cowman

Douglas Cowman — Douglas is an undergraduate student at UW-Madison completing his B.S. in Neurobiology. He intends to pursue a MS in Computational Neuroscience, and has interests in neurodegenerative diseases and neural architecture. He is very excited to be involved in CCANDL to learn more about the intersections of communication and neurogenic disorders.

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Caitlyn Miller

Caitlyn Miller — Caitlyn is a third-year undergraduate student studying neurobiology and psychology. She plans to attend Medical School after graduation and is open to any specialty. She is excited to be involved with the CCANDL Lab, Dr. Mueller, and the other lab members!

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Caroline Downey

Caroline Downey — Caroline is a third-year undergraduate student studying Communication Sciences and Disorders and Linguistics with a certificate in Disability Rights and Services.  She plans to attend graduate school for Speech Language Pathology and would like to work with adults, particularly those affected by strokes, Dementia, and other related disorders.  She is excited to be part of CCANDL and learn more about neurogenic disorders!

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Lauren Collins

Lauren Collins — Lauren is a second-year undergraduate student studying Communication Sciences & Disorders and Linguistics with a certificate in Disability Rights and Services. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is thrilled to be joining CCANDL and cannot wait to learn more from Dr. Mueller and the rest of the team.

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Lily Leicht

Lily Leicht — Lily is a second-year undergraduate student studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with certificates in Disability Rights and Services and Promoting Activity for Diverse Abilities. She plans to attend graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology and is grateful to have the opportunity in undergrad to explore her populations of interest, including working with individuals with autism, strokes, TBIs, and dementia. Lily is so happy and grateful to be a part of the CCANDL team!

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Hannah Dassow

Hannah Dassow — Hannah is a second year undergraduate student studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with certificates in Disability Rights and Services and Promoting Activity for Diverse Abilities. Hannah plans to attend graduate school and become a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. She is so excited to be a part of the CCANDL lab and learn from this incredible team!

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

Tanna Brubaker

Emily Hines

Lauren Auleciems

Maddie Wherley

Brooklyn Hackbarth

Erin Hackett

Audra Koscik

Sarah Kraning

Sophia Linsenmeyer

Kelly Longhini

Rachael Look

Emma Gale

Esmma Almousa

Marissa Todd

Chris Naber

Aarya Parikh

Cassandra Peters

Sarah Riedeman

Sydney Wellenstein

Beth Fentress

Halley Dopp

Phoebe Crumpton

George Kostas