Brittany Jaekel is currently a PhD student in the Hearing and Speech Sciences department. She studies language perception and language development in adults and children with cochlear implants. Her co-mentors, Dr. Matthew Goupell (Auditory Perception and Modeling Lab) and Dr. Rochelle Newman (Language Development and Perception Lab), have collaborated with her on several projects focusing on cochlear implant processing and its effects on aspects of speech understanding. She earned her MS in speech, language, and hearing at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 2014, and her BA in psychology and English at Northwestern University in 2011. She is currently a 2nd-year trainee on the NIH-funded NRSA training grant provided by the Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing at the University of Maryland.