Kaley Graves is a third-year AuD student at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in Champaign, Illinois. She obtained her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from University of Illinois at Springfield in May 2011. Prior to beginning graduate school, Kaley worked for 10 years in hearing research and studied the genetics of hearing loss coupled with pharmacology and electrophysiology. Her current interests in audiology include pediatrics, electrophysiology, and age-related hearing loss. Kaley’s current research focuses on the genetic basis of age-related hearing loss as determined by electrophysiology alongside the structural components of the inner ear in different mouse models.
Since the start of 2022, Kaley has held the position of president of the UIUC Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Chapter. In her position, she has coordinated and taken part in various outreach initiatives spanning across the campus, local community, and even at the state level. She is currently serving as member-at-large and is the Member Relations Committee Chair for 2023-2024 on the National SAA Board of Directors. Kaley is excited about involving more students with SAA, fostering a sense of togetherness among members, and advocating for hearing healthcare. Outside of audiology, Kaley loves spending quality time with her two dogs, reading a good book, or catching up on her favorite tv shows.