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Auditory Perception and Modeling Lab




Lab Director

Dr. Matthew Goupell

Matthew Goupell, Ph.D.

Dr. Goupell is the director of the Auditory Perception and Modeling Lab, located at the University of Maryland in College Park. He grew up in Mt. Pleasant, MI. He attended Hope College, majoring in physics and mathematics. He studied with Bill Hartmann, and graduated from Michigan State University in 2005 with his PhD in physics. His dissertation was on modeling how the binaural system detects small differences between the ears. He spent three years in Vienna, Austria working for the Academy of Sciences in the lab of Bernhard Laback, where he researched sound localization in bilateral cochlear-implant users. He then moved to Madison, WI to the Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab of Ruth Litovsky for two years. He began his work investigating binaural masking level differences and decorrelation detection with cochlear-implant users. In the fall of 2011, he started as an assistant professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at UMD. He continues to focus his research on cochlear implants, sound localization, understanding speech in noise, and neural modeling. He teaches hearing science, psychoacoustics, and cochlear implants.


Full time research staff

Francisco Rodriguez, Ph.D.






Ph.D. Students


Arifi Waked, B.S.

Arifi Waked, M.S.







Maureen Shader, Au.D.








Au.D. Students

Olga Stakhovskaya, Ph.D.

Olga Stakhovskaya, Ph.D.







R.B. Ellis, B.S.

R.B. Ellis, B.S.







Lauren Evans







Daniel Eisenberg

Daniel Eisenberg






Laura Taliaferro

Laura Taliaferro






Mary BarrettMary Barrett








Tanvi Thakkar, B.S.

Sara Dougherty







Lindsay Roberts

Mikayla Abrams






Nishani Kuruppu

Nishani Kuruppu







The Lab!


Lab Alumni

  • Kyle Easter (2012-2013)
  • Tanvi Thakkar (2012-2013)
  • Sarah Shin (2012-2013)
  • Lindsay Roberts (2012-2013)
  • Anna Martin (2012)
  • Golda Bonaparte (2012)
  • Ashley Chwastyk (2012)