Jason Dunlap is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network, where his role is to ensure a high-quality experience for research participants and their caregivers. This involves enrolling participants, collecting imaging data such as electroencephalograms (EEG), and processing participant data.
Jason earned a dual Bachelor of Arts in psychology and speech-language and hearing sciences from CUNY Brooklyn College. At CUNY Brooklyn, he was an NIH Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) scholar. His undergraduate research focused on the neurophysiology of second-language acquisition, as he examined patterns of neural activity in bilingual Spanish speakers while they listened to American English phonemes. Following his undergraduate degree, Jason was a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park, studying hearing and speech sciences. His graduate work focused on neuroplasticity and aging, in particular how older listeners use their skills in attention and memory to facilitate speech understanding in noisy environments.
Jason’s long-term career goal is to work as a research audiologist. His research interests lie at the intersections of hearing health and mental health, specifically how long-term noise exposure can affect a person’s attention, mood, and development. He plans to pursue a clinical degree in audiology to work closely with patients and communities affected by loud intermittent noise.
- BA, Psychology, Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences, CUNY Brooklyn College