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Meet the Peer Mentoring Staff

Matthew H. Bakke, Ph.D.
Director of Peer Mentoring Program

portrait of Matthew H. Bakke Dr. Matthew H. Bakke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences at Gallaudet University. He was awarded and directs two research programs: the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Hearing Enhancement, a multi-center program of research and development in the area of technology and rehabilitation for people with hearing loss, and a field-initiated research project on the fitting of cochlear implants. Both research grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, NIDRR. Dr. Bakke served as the Director of Research at The Lexington School for the Deaf/Center for the Deaf from 1993 to 2001, and as Executive Director of the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center from 1998 to 2001. He has had experience as a teacher of the Deaf, clinical audiologist, and researcher in the field of speech and hearing sciences. Dr. Bakke received his Ph.D. degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from City University of New York in 1999. His research interests include binaural hearing, hearing enhancement technologies (including cochlear implants) and technologies and materials for improving aural rehabilitation.


Aural Rehabilitation; Assistive Technologies for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people (including hearing aids and cochlear implants); binaural and spatial hearing.


  • New York State License, Audiology
  • New York State Certification, Teacher of the Deaf

Mary Garvert, B.A.
Peer Mentoring Course Instructor

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Mary is currenty pursing her clinical Au.D. at Gallaudet University. She obtained her bachelor's degree from The University of Iowa in Speech & Hearing Sciences with a minor in American Sign Language. Her interests include pediatrics, educational audiology, cochlear implants, and aural rehabilitation.




Previous Instuctor:
Jonathan Suen
Carrie Mitchell

Katherine Groon
Katie Defonzo
Zach LaFratta
Dr. Samantha (Sam) Kleindienst
Jane Allen
Karen Pak
Dr. Annette Mazevski
Dr. Scott Bally

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