Shae D. Morgan, Ph.D., Au.D.


Program Director, Assistant Professor

 Dr. Morgan joined the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders in 2018.  He graduated from The University of Utah where he earned both his Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, and his Au.D.  Dr. Morgan teaches coursework in Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Devices, Medical Audiology, and Acoustics.  His research focuses on how hearing impacts social judgments we make of others (e.g., assessing someone’s emotional state, confidence, gender, etc. based on what we hear). Additionally, he is interested in clinical audiology innovation (clinical audiology simulation, automated audiometry, new treatments for otitis media, etc.). His clinical interests include vestibular testing, intraoperative nerve monitoring, and cochlear implantation.

Importantly, he loves to play ping-pong, read books, listen to old jazz music, and spend time exploring Louisville’s many outdoor spaces.

Dr. Shae Morgan CV

Hammam AlMakadma, Ph.D., Au.D.


Assistant Professor

Dr. AlMakadma joined the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders in 2017.  He graduated from Syracuse University where he earned both his Ph.D. in Audiology, and his Au.D. degrees.  Dr. AlMakadma assumes teaching responsibilities in the areas of: Anatomy and Physiology, Electrophysiologic Techniques in Audiology, and Amplification Fitting and Selection.  In addition to teaching, Dr. AlMakadma’s research activities include clinical and translational projects.  The overarching goal of his research is to investigate new and improved audiological tests for clinical use.  He is currently interested in studying ways to refine wideband acoustic immittance measurements for improved diagnostic applications in adult otological cases and in pediatric practice.  

Laura Nesbitt Galloway, Au.D.

 Email: lrnesb01@louisville.edu

Assistant Professor

Dr. Galloway joined the faculty in August 2016 and received her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2014.  Dr. Galloway is the Academic Curriculum Coordinator and is very active in student research mentorship in the areas of audiology rehabilitation and hearing loss prevention. She teaches the following courses: Clinical Techniques, Amplification Technology, Audiologic Rehabilitation, and Prevention of Hearing Loss. Dr. Galloway is a certified Course Director (CD) with the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). Students have the opportunity to sit for the Occupational Hearing Conservationist (OHC) certificate exam as part of her hearing conservation course. Dr. Galloway has her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her two children.         

Dr. Laura Galloway CV

Yonghee Oh, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Dr. Oh joined the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders in 2022. He graduated from Ohio State University where he earned both his M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and his Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences. He also completed his postdoctoral training at the Oregon Hearing Research Center (OHRC), Oregon Health & Science University and at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR), Portland VA Medical Center (under Dr. Lina Reiss and Dr. Frederick Gallun). Dr. Oh teaches coursework in Cochlear Implants, Research Methods, Medical Audiology, and Investigation in Audiology. Dr. Oh’s research is focused on asking how hearing loss affects auditory function and speech processing. He is searching how other sensory information interacts during speech perception processing and developing a computational model with diverse theories in the areas of psychophysics, digital signal processing, and neural networks to answer those questions. His current studies are conducted using human subjects (healthy, normal-hearing participants and patients with hearing impairment and/or other sensory deficits) and computational model-based approaches using artificial intelligence techniques such as blind source segregation.

Dr. Oh CV

Pavel Zahorik, Ph.D.

 Email: p0zaha01@louisville.edu

Associate Professor

Dr. Zahorik's research interests are in auditory perception generally, with a focus in sound localization and spatial hearing.  Specific areas of interest include: the perception of sound source distance, the contributions of echoes and reverberation to percepts of source direction and distance, and the effects of adaptation, training, and input from other sensory modalities on spatial hearing.  Research in his laboratory relies heavily on auditory display technology that effectively simulates a "virtual" auditory space (VAS) using information about the acoustical characteristics of listeners' external ears and the environment.  This technology not only enables the precise study of psychophysical relationships between the acoustic signals present at the two ears and human spatial hearing abilities, but also allows for simulations and scientifically relevant signal manipulations that would be impossible in real listening situations.  Current projects and collaborations in the lab capitalize on these advantages of VAS technology.     

Brittany Brose, Au.D.

Email: brittany.brose@uoflhealth.org

Director of Clinical Services, Clinical Audiologist

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Brose received her Bachelors in Speech and Hearing Sciences from The Ohio State University and her Doctorate of Audiology from Vanderbilt University. Her clinical interest areas include: vestibular evaluations, adult and pediatric diagnostic evaluations, as well as adult and pediatric hearing aid services.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and has her Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology by the American Speech and Hearing Association.  She holds licensure in audiology and hearing aid dispensing in Kentucky.  Dr. Brose teaches the Assessment & Management of Vestibular Disorders course. When not in the clinic or classroom, she enjoys reading, watching Ohio State football, and exploring Louisville with friends. 

Lauren Pollock, AuD

Photo of Dr. Lauren PollockEmail: lauren.pollock@uoflhealth.org

Clinical Faculty

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Lauren Pollock received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Kentucky and obtained her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  Additional training in tinnitus management was completed to become Tinnitus Retaining Theory (TRT) certified, as well as a certificate holder in tinnitus management (CH-TM) with the American Board of Audiology. Dr. Pollock provides adult clinical services including: tinnitus evaluations and management, diagnostic testing, hearing aid services, cochlear implant and bone anchored hearing aid evaluations and services, and vestibular evaluations. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Pollock holds an audiology license in the state of Kentucky and Indiana. In her spare time she enjoys all things peloton, cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats, and spending time with her dogs and her family.

Sara Folz Denley, Au.D.

 Email: sara.folzdenley@louisville.edu

Clinical Faculty

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Sara Denley received her Bachelors in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education and Sign Language from Eastern Kentucky University and obtained her Doctorate of Audiology degree from Central Michigan University. Her clinical interests include: pediatric diagnostics evaluation and hearing aid services. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology by the American Speech and Hearing Association. She is a Certificate Holder Audiology Preceptor through American Board of Audiology. Dr. Denley teaches the Education Audiology and Pediatric Audiology graduate courses, as well as Functional Neuroanatomy and Introduction to Audiology undergraduate courses. Outside of clinic, Dr. Denley enjoys spending time with her family. 

Support Staff

Angela Waldeck

Program Coordinator Senior

Email: arsmit17@louisville.edu

Rowena Blakemore

      Email: rcblak01@louisville.edu