Ashley L. Dockens

Assistant Professor
Office: Speech and Hearing Building, Room 120-L
Phone: 409-880-8181
Email: ashley.dockens@lamar.edu


Education

  • Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Alabama, 2015
  • Au.D., University of South Alabama, 2015
  • B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Montevallo, 2004
  • A.A., Theater Arts, North Alabama Community College, 2002

Teaching

Current and Recently Taught

Undergraduate
Hearing Anatomy, Physiology, & Disorders; Audiology I, An Introduction to Audiology; Problems and Projects; Audiology II, Advanced Audiology; Introduction to Speech and Hearing Disorders; Phonetics; Aural Rehabilitation

Graduate
Introduction to Audiology Graduate Studies; Acoustics/Psychoacoustics; Introduction to Hearing Aids; Advanced Hearing Aids; Auditory Processing Disorders; Aural Rehabilitation – Lifespan; Advanced Rehabilitation and Case Studies; Medical Audiology


Research

Expertise and Research Interests
Undergraduate involvement in research, interdisciplinary research, evidence-based research, aural rehabilitation, digital health applications, patient-centered care, health communications, psychoacoustics, comfortable loudness preference, auditory behavioral dynamic range, hearing aid success predictors, acceptable noise levels, gender differences in audiometric measures


Peer Reviewed Publications
Dockens, A., Bellon-Harn, M., & Manchaiah, V. (in press 2016). Preferences to patient-centeredness in pre-service speech and hearing sciences students: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Audiology and Otology.

Manchaiah, V., Dockens, A., Bellon-Harn, M., Tome, D. & Ganesan, P. (in press 2016). Preference to patient-centeredness in undergraduate audiology students in Portugal. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology.


Peer Reviewed Presentations and Posters

Harn, M., Dockens, A., & Manchaiah, V. (2016). “Quality Care: Increasing underrepresented minorities in speech and hearing professions.” 1-hour presentation at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.

Gordon-Hickey, S., Dockens, A., Adams, E., & Moore, R. (2009). Effect of different stimulus conditions on Acceptable Noise Levels for older adults with hearing loss. Poster presentation for the annual American Speech Language-Hearing Association Convention in New Orleans.

 


Non-Peer-Reviewed Presentations and Posters
Barnes, K. & Dockens, A. (2016). The development and analysis of accessible and appropriate adult aural rehabilitation intervention materials: a work in progress. Poster presentation for the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Expo, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

Taylor, K. & Dockens, A. (2016). A survey and analysis of audiologist opinion on audiological and remediation habits. Poster presentation for the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Expo, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas                                               

Taylor, K. & Dockens, A. (2015). A survey of prevention and remediation of audiological habits in older adults of Jefferson County, Texas. Poster presentation for the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Expo, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

Dockens, A., Gordon-Hickey, S., Adams, E., Moore, R., (2010). Acceptance of noise across comfortable loudness levels. Poster presentation at the 17th annual University of South Alabama research forum, Mobile, Alabama.

Gordon-Hickey, S., Dockens, A., Adams, E., Moore, R., (2010). Stimulus effects on acceptable noise levels. Poster presentation at the 17th annual University of South Alabama research forum, Mobile, AL.


Research in Progress
Manchaiah, V., Dockens, A., Harn, M., & Burns, E. (Manuscript in progress). Patient satisfaction in older adults with hearing loss.

Harn, M., Dockens, A., Burns, E., Manchaiah, V., Hinojosa, O., & Cochran, M. (Manuscript in progress). Patient-centered communication: Examination of an audiologist’s response to patient expression of symptoms.

Manchaiah, V., Dockens, A., Harn, M. & Burns, E. (Manuscript in progress). Non-congruence between audiologist and patient preferences for patient-centeredness and its association with patient satisfaction.

Harn, M., Azios, J., Manchaiah, V., & Dockens, A. (Manuscript in progress). Speech-language pathologist preferences for patient-centeredness.

Dockens, A. & Gordon-Hickey, S. (Manuscript in progress). The relationship of comfortable loudness and behavioral auditory dynamic range in normal hearing and hearing impaired listeners.

Dockens, A., Gordon-Hickey, S., & Moore, R.E. (Manuscript in progress). The effect of gender on comfortable loudness levels and acceptable noise levels in young normal hearing listeners.

Gordon-Hickey, S., Adams, E.M., Dockens, A., & Moore, R.E. (Manuscript in progress). The effect of different stimulus conditions on Acceptable Noise Levels for listeners with hearing impairment.

Valien-Lyon, T., Dockens, A., Vinay, & Manchaiah, V. (Data collection). The effect of music exposure through personal listening devices on the loudness perception and efferent function in young adults.

Barnes, K. & Dockens, A. (Development). The development and analysis of accessible and appropriate adult aural rehabilitation intervention materials.


Grants
2016-2018. Harn, M., Andrei, S., Manchaiah, M., Dockens, A., Azios, J., & Long, E. A Center for Applications of Digital Technologies in Health and Disabilities. Visionary Project Grant, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

2016. Barnes, K. & Dockens, A. The development and analysis of accessible and appropriate adult aural rehabilitation intervention materials. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Lamar University Office of Undergraduate Research, Beaumont, Texas.

2016. Manchaiah, V., Dockens, A., Harn, M., & Andrei, S. “Virtual Reality: Management of adults with hearing loss.” Gill Foundation of Texas, Houston, Texas.

2015-2016. Taylor, K. & Dockens, A. A survey and analysis of audiologist opinion on audiological and remediation habits. Lamar University Office of Undergraduate Research Grant, Beaumont Texas.

2015. Harn, M., Dockens, A., & Burns, E. The relationship between clinician linguistic factors and patient perception during aural rehabilitation. Research Enhancement Grant, Lamar University Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, Beaumont, Texas.

2014-2015. Taylor, K. & Dockens, A. A survey of prevention and remediation of audiological habits in older adults of Jefferson County, Texas. Lamar University Office of Undergraduate Research Grant, Beaumont Texas.


Organizations/Service

2016 to present. Lamar University Student Advising & Retention Council, College of Fine Arts and Communication representative.

2016 to present. College of Fine Arts & Communications Faculty-Student Relations committee member.

2016 to present. Article Editor for Sage Open Publications.

2016. Copy/Line Editor for Manchaiah, V. & Danermark, B. (Eds.). 2017. The Experience of Hearing Loss: Journey Through Aural Rehabilitation. Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

2015 to present. Head of Doctor of Audiology Graduate Admissions.

2015 to present. Head of Undergraduate Advising in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University.

2015. Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Scholarship recipient mentoring: Caswell, K. A survey of self-efficacy and confidence in evidence-based practice (EBP) across undergraduate and graduate students in Audiology programs across Texas.

2014 to Present. Co-Advisor of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Lamar University Chapter.

2014 to present. SMART (Support & Mentoring to Advance Research & Teaching Program) Fellow, Lamar University.

2014 to present. Undergraduate Student Honors Program Projects, Lamar University Chapter (4 projects chaired at current).          

2014 to present. Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Scholarship committee member (e.g., Shaver scholarship, Houseman scholarship, Lavoi scholarship, etc.).

2014 to present. Undergraduate Student Research Mentoring (3 projects chaired; all 3 funded thus far).

2014-2015. Strategic Planning Committee, Beaumont Community Players theater group, Beaumont, Texas.