Tess Koerner, PhD, AuD - National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR)
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Tess Koerner, PhD, AuD

Image of Dr. KoernerEmail: Tess.Koerner@va.gov   
Telephone: 503-220-8262 x56428

Current appointments:

Research Investigator and Audiologist, NCRAR, VA Portland Healthcare System
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University

Research interests:

Dr. Koerner uses behavioral and electrophysiological methods to identify and understand neural mechanisms that contribute to auditory processing and speech understanding difficulties in patients who are aging or who have a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The long-term goal of Dr. Koerner’s research program is to improve the clinical assessment and identification of auditory deficits as well as to develop more effective rehabilitation methods for individuals with speech understanding difficulties. Dr. Koerner is also a licensed audiologist.

Research projects (Current and recently completed):

Mechanisms of Impaired Speech Perception in Veterans with Non-Blast TBI, VA RR&D Career Development Award-1, 2020-2022
The Neural Coding and Perception of Speech in Noise in Individuals with TBI, VA OAA Advanced Fellowship in Interprofessional Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation-Research, 2017-2020

Selected publications:

For a complete list of publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1d32fkp7cD_Qg/bibliography/public/
  • Koerner, T.K., Muralimanohar, R.K., Gallun, F.J., & Billings, C.J. (2020). Age-related deficits in electrophysiological and behavioral measures of binaural temporal processing. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14: 578566.
  • Koerner, T.K., Papesh, M., & Gallun, F.J. (2020). Questionnaire survey of current auditory rehabilitation options for normal-hearing patients who experience auditory difficulties. American Journal of Audiology, 1-24.
  • Koerner, T.K. & Zhang, Y. (2018). Differential effects of hearing impairment and age on electrophysiological and behavioral measures of speech in noise. Hearing Research, 370, 130-142.
  • Koerner, T.K., Zhang, Y., Nelson, P., Wang, B., & Zou, H. (2017). Neural indices of phonemic discrimination and sentence level speech intelligibility in quiet and noise: A P3 study. Hearing Research, 350, 58-67.
  • Koerner, T.K., & Zhang, Y. (2017). Application of linear mixed-effects models in human neuroscience research: A comparison with Pearson correlation in two auditory electrophysiological studies. Brain Sciences, 7(26), 1-11.
  • Koerner, T.K., Zhang, Y., Nelson, P., Wang, B., & Zou, H. (2016). Neural indices of phonemic discrimination and sentence level speech intelligibility in quiet and noise: A mismatch negativity study. Hearing Research, 339, 40-49.
  • Koerner, T.K. & Zhang, Y. (2015). Effects of background noise on inter-trial phase coherence and N1-P2 responses to speech stimuli. Hearing Research, 328, 113-119.

Selected presentations:

  • Koerner, T.K., Papesh, M., & Gallun, F.J. (2020). Survey of current treatments for normal-hearing patients with communication difficulties. Poster presentation at the 177th Meeting of the American Auditory Society. Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Muralimanohar, Ramesh Kumar, Wroblewski, M., Molis, M., Koerner, T., & Billings, C. (2020). Brain-behavior measures in reverberant speech perception. New Investigator Award podium presentation at the 177th Meeting of the American Auditory Society. Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Koerner, T.K., Muralimanohar, R.K., Gallun, F.J., & Billings, C.J. (2020). Effects of age on the neural coding and perception of binaural cues. Poster presentation at the 43rd Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. San Jose, California.
  • Koerner, T.K. (2019). Current rehabilitation practices for patients with normal hearing and communication difficulties: Results from a survey of audiologists. Invited podium presentation at the Oregon Academy of Audiology meeting. Corvallis, Oregon.
  • Koerner, T.K., Muralimanohar, R.K. Gallun, F.J., & Billings, C.J. (2019). Effects of Age on Electrophysiological and Behavioral Measures of Binaural Processing in Humans. Podium Presentation at the Oregon Brain Institute’s Annual Forum at the National Primate Research Center. Beaverton, Oregon.
  • Koerner, T.K., Lelo de Larrea-Mancera E.S., Billings, C.J., Seitz, A., Gallun, F.J. (2019). Evaluation of a Binaural FM Detection Task in PART for Assessing TFS Processing in Hearing Impaired Listeners. Poster at the 4th International Hearing Loss Conference. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
  • Koerner, T.K., Grush, L., Vachhani, J., Papesh, M.A., Gallun, F.J., & Billings, C.J. (2019). Relationships between the neural coding of IPD cues and binaural perception in aging listeners. Poster at the 42nd Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Koerner, T.K., Grush, L., Madsen, B., & Billings, C.J. (2018). Exploring relationships between speech understanding and auditory ERPs. Podium presentation at the Joint Meeting of ECNS, ISNIP, ISBET, & ISFSI. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Koerner, T.K. & Zhang, Y. (2018). Differential effect of hearing loss on neural and behavioral measures of speech perception in noise. Poster at the 175th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Koerner, T.K., Papesh, M.A., Lewis, M.S., Leek, M.R., & Gallun, F.J. (2018). Effects of blast exposure and mTBI on central auditory processing. Poster at the 45th Meeting of the American Auditory Society. Scottsdale, Arizona.