Caitlyn is a PhD student in the Speech and Hearing Science department. She earned her B.S. in Speech & Hearing Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. As an undergraduate, she was involved in the Intellectual Disabilities Communication Lab led by Dr. Marie Moore and the Binaural Hearing Lab led by Dr. Justin Aronoff. Her research interests include language and social development in individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the family context.
Jennifer Hickey is in her first year of the Master’s of Social Work Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Illinois-Springfield, where she also worked as a registered behavior technician for The Autism Clinic (originally The Autism Program). With permission from the organization, Jennifer presented policy research on the history of TAP’s costs and services compared to that of approximated costs of school and community based services available in Sangamon County. After moving to Urbana-Champaign, she became the Children’s Outreach Graduate Assistant for University Housing and also works in the Development in Neurogenetic Disorders Lab. She has continued to pursue her MSW, with a special interest in school social work and early intervention. Jennifer hopes to apply her experience and research as a school social worker, working with students who have developmental disabilities and other diagnoses.