Josh Sevier, Au.D.Coordinator, Cochlear Implant Program
Au.D., Audiology, Pacific University, 2016
B.S., Biology, Cumberland University, 2012
A.S., American Sign Language, Nashville State Community College, 2013
Josh Sevier, Au.D., CCC-A, is an audiologist and coordinator of the cochlear implant program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He provides clinical services to patients and supervises clinical practice for students in the Doctor of Audiology program. Josh also co-teaches introduction to audiology, serves as a guest lecturer at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and collaborates with numerous organizations to ensure individuals with hearing loss have accessibility to services.
Josh is a licensed audiologist in the state of Nebraska and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). He also conducts research in cochlear implants and works to develop and implement new methods of services via telepractice for patients living great distances from the cochlear implant center.
Josh serves as a board member of the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSLHA) and is also co-chair of the legislative affairs committee for the organization. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Josh earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 2012. He received his associates degree in American Sign Language from Nashville State Community College in Nashville in 2013, before completing his Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, in 2016.
Katie BrennanSpeech-Language Pathologist
M.S., Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
B.S., Communication Disorders, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2001
Katie Brennan, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Her areas of interest include aural (re)habilitation, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and communication development in early childhood.
Katie is a Hanen-certified It Takes Two to Talk instructor, and has a special interest in coaching caregivers to be primary language facilitators. She has worked in public schools and clinical settings where she served on cochlear implant teams. Katie also worked as an auditory consultant, providing training and coaching for school agencies nationally to support students with hearing loss.
Katie is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSLHA), and the Alexander Graham Bell Association.
Amanda Rodriguez, Ph.D., Au.D.Vestibular Audiologist
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatric Vestibular Function and Assessment, Boys Town National Research Hospital, 2018
Ph.D., Vestibular Function & Assessment - Communication Sciences & Disorders, Texas Tech University, 2016
Au.D., Doctor of Audiology, Texas Tech University, 2014
B.S., Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Texas at Austin, 2010
Amanda Rodriguez, Ph.D., Au.D., CCC-A, is an audiologist and the director of the Concussion and Vestibular Evaluation (CAVE) Laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Through the CAVE Lab and collaborations with Nebraska Athletics and the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, Amanda and her team focus on offering clinical vestibular and balance assessments at baseline and post-concussion for Nebraska student-athletes. These services provide useful diagnostic information for the student-athletes, their families, and athletic staff about the student-athletes' vestibular and balance function. Amanda and her team also focus on investigating the physiological and functional performance changes that can occur to the vestibular and balance system following a sports concussion, and ways in which to optimize vestibular rehabilitation methods for the student-athlete population.
In addition, Amanda is a vestibular audiologist and provides full diagnostic vestibular and balance services through the Barkley Speech Language and Hearing Clinic, serving patients across the lifespan. She also teaches graduate courses in Vestibular Assessment for students in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Doctor of Audiology program. Prior to joining the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in August 2018, Amanda spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Boys Town National Research Hospital in the Vestibular and Balance Laboratory. She earned her Ph.D. in vestibular function and assessment in 2016 and her Au.D. in 2014 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Prior to that, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders in 2010.
Anne Thomas, Ph.D.Deaf Educator
Ph.D., Educational Studies - Early Childhood Deaf Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017
M.Ed., Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
B.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2000
Anne Thomas is an assistant professor of practice and the coordinator of the Deaf Education program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In those roles, she teaches academic courses that focus on preparing professionals to work effectively with students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Prior to returning to Nebraska to pursue her doctorate, Anne worked as a teacher of the deaf in both Virginia and Pennsylvania, where she taught middle and elementary school students who were deaf and hard of hearing. Anne earned her master's degree in special education with a specialization in deaf and hard of hearing students from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004.
Anne completed her doctorate in early childhood deaf education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the spring of 2017. Her dissertation research focused on assessing the validity of a measure that she co-authored with researchers at Boys Town National Research Hospital–Center of Childhood Deafness, which is designed to assess the early vocal development of infants and toddlers who are at risk for speech and language delays.