Krystal Werfel, PhD, CCC-SLP
PI, University of South Carolina
Krystal Werfel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the University of South Carolina-based principal investigator of the ELLA study. Krystal has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in speech-language pathology with a specialization in interdisciplinary assessment and treatment of children with hearing loss from Vanderbilt University, and a PhD in child language and literacy from Vanderbilt. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication with Fred Bess, PhD, CCC-A. Outside of work, Krystal enjoys running, hiking, and testing out new recipes in the kitchen.
Emily Lund, PhD, CCC-SLP
PI, Texas Christian University
Emily Lund, PhD, CCC-SLP is the Texas Christian University-based principal investigator of the ELLA study. Emily earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and Spanish, a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, and a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Emily worked as a clinical, bilingual speech-language pathologist in the National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. When she isn’t at work, Emily chases a 2 and 6 year old, runs outside for fun, and loves to read!