Meet Our Team

The Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health draws on the diverse expertise of its faculty members and trainees from a broad array of disciplines in order to advance a global understanding of hearing and its impact on overall patient health. Please select each team member below for a brief summary of their work.

Core Faculty
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Core Faculty Frank R. Lin

Frank R. Lin, MD, PhD is the Director of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health and a…

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Core Faculty Bonnielin Swenor, PHD, MPH

Bonnielin Swenor, PhD, MPH is the founder and…

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Core Faculty Carrie Nieman

Carrie L. Nieman, MD, MPH is an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and…

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Core Faculty Jennifer A. Deal

Jennifer A. Deal, PhD, is an epidemiologist and gerontologist with expertise in cognitive aging…

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Core Faculty Joshua Betz

Josh Betz, MS, is biostatistician in the Johns Hopkins Biostatistics Consulting Center and is a…

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Core Faculty Nicholas Reed


Nicholas Reed, AuD is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at…

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Core Faculty Esther Oh

Esther Oh, MD, PhD, is an associate professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and…

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Associate Faculty
Christine Mitchell
Associate Faculty Christine Mitchell

Christine Mitchell, ScM is a research associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns…

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Dr. Moyses Szklo
Associate Faculty Moyses Szklo

Dr. Moyses Szklo, MD, MPH, is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He received his medical degree…

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Associate Faculty Josef Coresh

Josef Coresh, MD, PhD, is the George W. Comstock Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and…

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Associate Faculty Luigi Ferrucci, MD, PhD

Luigi Ferrucci, MD, PhD, is the Scientific Director of the National Institute on Aging and…

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Associate Faculty Margaret Korczak

Margaret Korczak, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology…

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Marilyn Albert, PhD
Associate Faculty Marilyn Albert

Marilyn Albert, PhD, is director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience and a professor in…

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Associate Faculty Mike Weikert

Mike Weikert, MFA, is the founding director of the Center for Social Design and the Master of…

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Associate Faculty Sarah Szanton

Sarah Szanton, PhD, is the Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She collaborates with…

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Associate Faculty Adele Goman

Adele Goman, PhD is a research associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins…

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Associate Faculty Susan Resnick

Susan Resnick, PhD, is a senior investigator in the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience at the…

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Staff Kening Jiang

Kening Jiang, MHS, joined the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health as a biostatistician…

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John Shin, MPH
Staff John Shin, MPH

John Shin is a Research Program Coordinator who will be supporting Nicholas Reed on the ENHANCE…

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Staff Mindy Dmuchowski

Mindy Dmuchowski is the Cochlear Center’s Academic Program Coordinator, where she assists…

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Clarice Myers
Staff Clarice Myers

Clarice Myers, AuD, received her clinical doctorate from Texas Tech University Health Sciences…

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Tara Thallmayer
Staff Tara Thallmayer

Tara Thallmayer, MPH, is a graduate of Temple University with a Masters of Public Health in…

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Molly Sheehan
Staff Molly Sheehan

Molly Sheehan joined the Cochlear Center in Spring 2020 to organize and expand its…

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Emmanuel Garcia Morales
Staff Emmanuel Garcia Morales

Emmanuel E. Garcia, PhD, joined the Cochlear center for Hearing and Public Health as a…

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Staff Jami Trumbo, Center Administrator

Jami Trumbo, MSPH, received her master’s of science in public health in health education and…

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Staff Laura Sherry

Laura Sherry, AUD, is a research audiologist with the Cochlear Center where she is currently the…

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Staff Shannon Smitherman

Shannon Smitherman received her Bachelor degree in Human Services from the College of Notre Dame…

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POST-doctoral trainees
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Post-Doctoral Kelly Malcolm, AuD, MPH

Kelly Malcolm, AuD, MPH is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and is…

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Elizabeth Kolberg, AuD, MS
Post-Doctoral Elizabeth Kolberg, AuD, MS

Elizabeth Kolberg, AuD, MS graduated from University of South Carolina in 2010 with her…

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PRE-doctoral trainees
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Pre-Doctoral Ethan Wang

Ethan Wang is an undergraduate majoring in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.  With the…

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Pre-Doctoral Wuyang Zhang

Wuyang Zhang, is an MHS student in the aging track of the Department of Epidemiology at Johns…

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Pre-Doctoral Abigael Oliva

Abigael Oliva is an Master's of Public Health student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of…

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Pre-Doctoral Claire Anderson

Claire Anderson is an epidemiology of aging Master of Health Science student at the Johns…

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Jason R. Smith
Pre-Doctoral Jason R. Smith

Jason R. Smith is a Master of Science candidate in the aging track of the Department of…

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Paul Johnson, MD
Pre-Doctoral Paul Johnson, MD

Paul Johnson, MD is a practicing general otolaryngologist in a hospital-based, multispecialty…

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Eric Du
Pre-Doctoral Eric Du

Eric Du is a Master of Public Health student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health…

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Perry Pei-Lun Kuo
Pre-Doctoral Perry Pei-Lun Kuo

Perry Kuo is a physician from Taiwan and currently a PhD student in Epidemiology with a focus on…

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Alison Huang
Pre-Doctoral Alison Huang

Alison Huang, MPH, is a PhD Candidate in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health…

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Jonathan J. Suen
Pre-Doctoral Jonathan J. Suen

Jonathan J. Suen, AuD, is a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing where his…

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