Amanda Rodriguez

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The Concussion and Vestibular Evaluation (CAVE) Laboratory

Amanda Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

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 assistant professor 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 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.


Areas of Expertise:

    Pediatric and adult vestibular assessment
    Vestibular rehabilitation
    Vestibular function and performance outcomes post-sports concussion
    Optimization of vestibular and balance assessments for collegiate and youth athletes
    Effects of vestibular loss on cardiovascular and sleep function in children and adults

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2021, Family and Friends Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2019-21, Scholarly Enhancement Research Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2018-19, Research Development Fellows Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2018, Early Career Professionals, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association2017, Audiologist Research Travel Award, Association for Research in Otolaryngology2017, Mentorship Program, Association for Research in Otolaryngology2016, Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center2015, Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association2014, Student Research Week Poster First-Place Winner, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Experience
2018-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2018-present, Director, Concussion and Vestibular Evaluation (CAVE) Laboratory, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2018-present, Resident Faculty, Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2016-18, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vestibular and Balance Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital
Memberships
American Academy of Neurology, Junior Fellow MemberAssociation of Research in OtolaryngologyAmerican Balance SocietyAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association