Joshua Huppert, SAA Past President
Name: Joshua Huppert, AuD
SAA Position: SAA Immediate Past President, Student Leaders in Audiology Conference (SLAC) Chair
Doctoral Program: Pacific University (Oregon)
Externship: Nemours/A.I. duPont's Hospital for Children (Wilmington, DE)
Employment: Pediatric Audiologist at Children's Hospital of Colorado
Hometown: Oswego, IL
Clinical/research interest: Evaluation, management, and (re)habilitation of vestibular and balance disorders in the pediatric population - Within vestibular, I am most fascinated in learning more about mechanisms mediated by the central vestibular system; specifically, I hope to gain more insight central mechanisms underlying isolated otolith dysfunction, compensation following vestibular insult, and vestibular cognition (i.e., memory, spatial navigation/learning, and bodily consciousness).
1. What is the most exciting thing you learned in your graduate experience?
This is a VERY tough question, as there are MANY things in Audiology that I find exciting; however, if I had to choose, I would say that I was most excited to learn about anything and everything vestibular-related. I also loved learning about and performing electrophysiological methods of audiological and vestibular evaluation.
2. What are your goals for SAA this year?
Thanks to the generous feedback from attendees following last year's inaugural Student Leaders in Audiology (SLAC), we have a wealth of information to truly tailor this year's SLAC to encompass those aspects of leadership growth and development that students desire. For this reason, the SLAC in Nashville will be more focused and involve more active engagement with topical matter discussed throughout the course of the conference with the aim that students leave ready and willing to expand upon those very concepts in their own chapters, programs, and communities.
3. What advice would you give to current AuD students?
Your graduate experience is truly what you make of and put into it. Immerse yourself in and take advantage of every opportunity you can, as doing so can be somewhat more challenging (though not impossible) to balance with a full clinic and/or research load. Strive to be stellar and you will truly land among the stars.
4. Tell us a fun fact about you!
While my international travels remain only one country strong (Canada), I am pleased to say that I've been to all but four states in the USA (Hawaii, Alaska, New Mexico, and South Dakota).
How can AuD students get in contact with you?
Please reach out to me at email@example.com about ANYTHING, as I'm happy to help navigate, offer insight/guidance, and support to all students!