Stefanie E. Kuchinsky


Our ability to speak and understand our native language is something we typically take for granted. It’s often not until we listen to speech in challenging environments (degraded speech or background noise) or try to learn a second language that we realize how effortful language processing can be. Certain individuals also experience greater listening effort than others, such as older adults with hearing loss.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), eye tracking, and pupillometry, my research aims to investigate the neural systems that support language comprehension in adverse conditions with the goal of developing effective interventions.

I conduct this work at the University of Maryland (UMD) through my adjunct faculty affiliation with the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP), the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), and the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program. My primary appointment is as a Research Investigator in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD.

Prior to starting at WRNMMC, I was an Assistant Research Scientist/Research Assistant Professor at UMD. I completed my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the University of Illinois and my postdoctoral training in auditory and cognitive neuroscience in the Hearing Research Program at the Medical University of South Carolina.

CV: SEKuchinsky_CV_2019_0522_web.pdf

Email: skuchins at umd dot edu

Research Investigator

Audiology and Speech Pathology Center

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Bethesda, MD

Adjunct Faculty

University of Maryland

College Park, MD