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.

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.

Elizabeth Evans

Elizabeth Evans — Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in Speech, Language and Hearing sciences with a minor in public health from Boston University. She is currently a second year graduate student at UW-Madison pursuing a clinical MS in Speech-Language Pathology. She is currently working on helping develop a culture fair assessment of connected speech and investigating changes in speech related to depression in comparison to Alzheimer’s disease.

Rachael Look

Rachael Look — Rachael received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. She is currently a first year graduate student at UW- Madison pursuing a clinical MS in Speech-Language Pathology. She is interested in developing multi-modal interventions to help people with dementia.

Brooklyn Hackbarth

Brooklyn Hackbarth — Brooklyn received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is currently a second year graduate student at UW-Madison pursuing a clinical MS in Speech-Language Pathology. She has a strong interest in neurogenic disorders and hopes to work in a medical setting upon graduation.

Erin Forsyth

Erin Forsyth — Erin received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is currently a second year graduate student at UW-Madison pursuing a clinical MS in Speech-Language Pathology. Her interests include serving adult clients with neurogenic communication disorders, and she hopes to work in the medical field upon graduation.

Sydney Wellenstein

Sydney Wellenstein — Sydney received a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UW-Madison in 2019. She is currently a second year graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. In the future, she hopes to work with clients with neurogenic communication disorders in a medical setting.

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 first-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 first-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.

Hannah Belay

Hannah Belay — Hannah is a senior completing her B.S in Communication Sciences and Disorders with certificates in African Studies and Health and the Humanities. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for Speech Language Pathology. Her clinical and research interests lie in neurodegenerative diseases and improving ADRD care methods in underrepresented groups.

Halley Dopp

Halley Dopp — Halley is a junior studying Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she plans to study Speech-Language Pathology in graduate school. She has an interest in working with Spanish-speaking populations who live with neurogenic communication disorders. This semester she will be working to translate an Aphasia instrument in CCANDL. She is very excited to be learning with other lab members in CCANDL and alongside Dr. Mueller!

Marissa Gall

Marissa Gall — Marissa is a junior studying Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Madison. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. She hopes to work within a hospital setting and is very excited to be involved in Dr. Mueller’s research.

Erin Bruehlman

Erin Bruehlman — Erin is a third year 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 thrilled to be part of the CCANDL team and can’t wait to learn and contribute to Dr. Mueller’s research!

Claire Terp

Claire Terp — Claire is a junior studying Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Claire hopes to work with the geriatric population and is very excited to be working with Dr. Mueller and other lab members!

Kelly Longhini

Kelly Longhini — Kelly is a second 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.

Audra Koscik

Audra Koscik — Audra is currently working on an undergraduate degree. Her past work with Dr. Mueller includes working in data for the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention. Previously, she worked in information and technology where she led events such as creating logic-gate circuits with Boolean algebra, built websites for on-campus departments, and even initiated a Virtual Reality project. Now, she works part-time building websites (such as this website), and working in technology and research for Dr. Mueller.

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.

Elizabeth Dunn

Kristina Fiscus

Erin Hackett

Sarah Kraning

Sophia Linsenmeyer

Chris Naber

Aarya Parikh

Cassandra Peters

Sarah Riedeman