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 Amber Willink

Amber Willink, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Sydney and adjunct associate…

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Core Faculty Carrie Nieman

Carrie L. Nieman, MD, MPH is an assistant 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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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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Margaret Korczak, PhD
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 a professor in the Department of Community-Public Health in the Johns…

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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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Staff Mindy Dmuchowski

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

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Staff Vidisha Agarwalla

Vidisha Agarwalla is the Cochlear Center’s Social Design Fellow and a graduate of the Social…

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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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Audrey Mossman
Staff Audrey Mossman

Audrey Mossman recently graduated from University of Colorado with a B.S. in Biology. Currently…

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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
PRE-doctoral trainees
Julie Yi
Pre-Doctoral Julie Yi

Julie Yi is a medical student taking a research year at the Cochlear Center for Hearing and…

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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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Lama Assi, MD
Pre-Doctoral Lama Assi, MD

Lama Assi, MD, is currently an MPH student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public…

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John Shin
Pre-Doctoral John Shin

John Shin is a SHARP fellow at the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health. Before…

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Alison Huang
Pre-Doctoral Alison Huang

Alison Huang, MPH, is a PhD student in the Department of Mental Health. She is interested in…

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Pablo Martinez Amezcua, MD
Pre-Doctoral Pablo Martinez Amezcua, MD

Pablo Martinez Amezcua, MD, received his medical degree from the National Autonomous University…

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Danielle Powell
Pre-Doctoral Danielle Powell

Danielle Powell, AuD, is a doctoral student in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins…

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Jonathan J. Suen
Pre-Doctoral Jonathan J. Suen

Jonathan J. Suen, AuD, is currently a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON…

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Prospective applicants are encouraged to reach out to Jennifer Deal prior to submitting any materials. Materials should be submitted via email to Shannon Smitherman, Academic Program Coordinator,


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