Louise Hickson

Professor Hickson is Associate Dean External Engagement in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences and Co-Director of the Communication Disability Centre at The University of Queensland and is recognized internationally as a leader in audiology. She has over 250 publications including 5 books and 20 book chapters and is committed to the transfer of knowledge into practice. In 2013 Prof Hickson received the International Research Award from the American Academy of Audiology.

Todd A. Ricketts, Ph.D., Professor and Vice-Chair, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and provided over 300 presentations both nationally and internationally. He continues to pursue a very active federally and industry funded research program studying the interaction between hearing aids and other hearing assistive technologies, listening environment, and individual differences as they impact the listening and communication experience. In addition, current work also focuses on enhancing cost-effectiveness and efficiency in hearing health care while maintaining high quality. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), past Editor of Trends in Amplification and the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, and a past member of the American Academy of Audiology board of directors. He is currently vice-chair of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) S3 (Bioacoustics) committee. He is also a current member of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiologists (ICRA). In addition to his research and service, Todd teaches and mentors students at Vanderbilt.