Meet the GROUP Authors

Keeping with our commitment to collaboration and co-creation, the Ida Institute collaborated with some of the leading experts in the field of Group AR to develop the Group Rehabilitation Online Utility Pack (GROUP). The GROUP would not have been possible without their dedicated efforts. 

Jean-Pierre Gagne

Jean-Pierre Gagné, Ph.D., is a Professor at the École d’orthophonie et d’audiologie, faculté de medicine, at the Université de Montréal where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in audiological rehabilitation. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Audiology and aural rehabilitation from McGill University (1978) and a Ph.D. in Communication sciences and Audiology from Washington University (1983).

Gagné’s research interests are in the area of audiological rehabilitation in younger and older adults with hearing loss. Some of his research projects investigate the auditory, visual and audiovisual speech-perception abilities of younger and older adults with hearing loss. Another component of his research program focuses on the linguistic and cognitive factors underlying speech-perception in adults with hearing loss. Gagné is also interested in the psychosocial aspects of hearing loss. Along with some colleagues, he is currently investigating issues related to the stigma associated with hearing loss.

Louise Hickson

Louise Hickson, Ph.D., is Professor of Audiology, Head of School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Co-Director of the Communication Disability Centre at the University of Queensland.

Her research interests include the effects of hearing impairment on the lives of older people, how to measure outcomes in that population and the development of strategies and interventions that improve outcomes of audiological rehabilitation.  She serves as the chairman of the Ida Institute Advisory Board and is a Fellow of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology and the Audiological Society of Australia.  She also serves as an Editor for the International Journal of Audiology.

Patricia Kricos

Patricia Kricos, Ph.D., is a former Professor of Audiology and the Director of the Center for Gerontological Studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She had taught in the audiology program at the University of Florida since 1981. Her areas of interest include professional issues related to audiology, as well as audiologic rehabilitation for children and adults—specifically older adults—adult hearing screening, and audiology education. 

Kricos is a past president of the American Academy of Audiology. She is also a member of the Ida Institute Advisory Board and the Advisory Council for the Better Hearing Institute, along with a number of other committees. 

Jane Madell

Jane Madell, Ph.D., is an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, and LSLS auditory verbal therapist, with degrees from Emerson College (BA) and the University of Wisconsin (MA, PhD). She currently has a consulting practice in pediatric audiology.

Her 40+ years of experience ranges from Deaf Nursery programs to positions at the League for the Hard of Hearing (Director), Long Island College Hospital, Downstate Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary as director of the Hearing and Learning Center and Cochlear Implant Center.

Madell's clinical and research interests cover the evaluation and treatment for infants and children with hearing loss and auditory processing disorders. She has published four books, along with numerous book chapters and journal articles.

Joseph Montano

Joseph Montano, Ed.D., is Chief of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also on the Ida Advisory Board.

He received his MA degree from New York University, his Ed.D. in Audiology from Teacher’s College Columbia University, and is certified in Audiology (CCC-A) through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). He serves on the New York State Licensure Board and is a member of the ASHA Legislative Council. 

Prior to starting his position at Weill Cornell, Montano served as an Associate Professor at Long Island University/C.W. Post, and for 17 years was Director of the Department of Communication Disorders at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. Montano's clinical expertise is in the area of audiologic rehabilitation with particular interest in adjustment to adult onset hearing loss, hearing assistive technology systems and hearing aids. He is the current coordinator of the ASHA Special Interest Division on Aural Rehabilitation. 

Jill Preminger

Jill Preminger, Ph.D., received her master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Wisconsin in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Audiology from the University of Minnesota in 1993. She has been on the faculty of the Program of Audiology at the University of Louisville since 1998. She teaches courses in the areas of: Acoustics, Speech Acoustics, Research Methods, Gerontology and Educational Audiology. Preminger coordinates the curriculum and the student research program for the Program in Audiology.

Preminger has an active clinical research program which is focused on adult audiologic rehabilitation. Her current research focuses on the impact of hearing loss on significant others. She is also working with a team of researchers around the world in order to measure the typical journey from hearing loss to hearing aid use. Preminger has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

Preminger is a past president of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology. She also serves as an Assistant Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology and the associate editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 

Sam Trychin

Sam Trychin, Ph.D., is currently a psychologist in private practice and a consultant to Stairways Behavioral Health in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He was previously Director of Training at the Mental Health Research and Training Center for Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened Adults in San Diego, California.

Trychin currently conducts training programs, classes and workshops for people who are hard of hearing, their family members and professional service provider. He specializes in the application of psychological concepts, principles and procedures to problems and issues related to hearing loss.

He has written 15 books, numerous book chapters and journal articles, along with producing a variety of videos related to coping with hearing loss. He has conducted hundreds of workshops and training programs across the U.S. and Canada. He often conducts workshops together with his wife Janet Trychin, an audiologist.