About the SpAR Lab

The SpAR Lab is located in the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center  – a state of the art, LEED Silver Certified building.  Research in the SpAR Lab focuses on studying how people are able to understand speech in noisy environments.  In particular, we are interested in studying differences between people with normal hearing and people with hearing loss and their ability to understand speech in noise. We are also interested in helping to build an evidence base for clinical practice that focuses on people who have hearing loss and do not speak English as their native language. The main objective of our lab is to improve the quality of life for those with auditory communication difficulties through improved clinical assessments and interventions.


About the Principal Investigator

Lauren Calandruccio, Ph.D., is the Principal Investigator of the SpAR Lab. She started her career in audiology as an undergrad at Indiana University – Bloomington in the lab of Dr. Larry Humes. She worked as a clinical audiologist at Riley Hospital for Children – Indianapolis Medical Center while completing her clinical fellowship year. She returned to graduate school at Syracuse University, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2007, while working with Dr. Karen Doherty and Dr. Laurel Carney. After leaving Syracuse, Lauren completed postdoctoral training at Northwestern University where she worked with Dr. Sumitrajit Dhar (Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Dr. Ann Bradlow (Linguistics). She has proudly served on the Faculty of Queens College  of the City University of New York (Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders) and the Faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Department of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences). She joined the Faculty of Case Western Reserve University in the Fall of 2015.