Prof. Liat Kishon-Rabin

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Prof. Liat Kishon-Rabin
Phone: 03-6409217
External phone: 03-5349817
Fax: 03-5352868
Office: Health Professions, 302

Positions

Head, Steyer School of Health Professions, Tel Aviv University

Professor, Department of Communication Disorders, Steyer School of Health Professions, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Committee Member, Israel Auditory Society of Research

 

Biography

  • Serves as Head of the Steyer School of Health Professions since September, 2016

  • Previously held the position of Head of the Communication Disorders Department at TAU for nine years

  • Awarded a Ph.D. degree in 1990 for her research in the area of psychoacoustics from the Speech & Hearing Science Department at the Graduate Center, City University of New York

  • Published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters in the areas of speech science, psychoacoustics, and the effects of hearing loss and the use of cochlear implants on the development of speech perception and production in infants, children and adults

  • Led the development of highly equipped state-of-the-art psychoacoustic and speech perception labs for testing hearing impaired individuals with cochlear implants and/or hearing aids across the life span (from infancy to older adults)

  • Developed with her team a hierarchy of speech perception tests each tapping on to different levels of auditory versus linguistic processing. These were developed in both Hebrew and Arabic. Recent development (in collaboration with Oldenberg University, Germany) is a computerized test which allows to assess the perception of 100,000 Hebrew sentences in background noise.  The test (Matrix ) is being used successfully for training the perception of speech in noise in diverse populations (eg., elderly, hearing impaired with cochlear implant or hearing aids, children with autistic spectrum disorders and attentional disorders). These have been implemented in many clinics in Israel as well as in academic settings

  • Received numerous invitations as a guest lecturer or keynote speaker at prestigious international conferences for her research on cochlear implants

  • Awarded The Graham Fraser Memorial Lecture for 2017 by the British Cochlear Implant Group (BCIG) which stated that "the award was based on the quality of the research and the contribution to the field of cochlear implantation"

  • Awarded several grants (including the Binational Science Foundation and the Chief Scientist of the Health Ministry) for investigating the early acquisition of language and auditory skills in infants with cochlear implants and the contribution of non-sensory factors to auditory processing in children with specific language impairment compared to typically developing

  • Established and heads the first B.A. program in Communication Disorders for the ultra-orthodox community in Israel and the first Orthodox program at TAU. The program is ongoing, starting its 13th year with close to 200 graduates. This is a pioneering contribution for academic vocational training at TAU as it focuses on ultra-orthodox Jews and their integration in modern Israel health systems and society

  • Established and heads the first M.A. in Communication Disorders for the ultra-orthodox in Israel. This program runs periodically and has graduated 20 students from the ultra-orthodox community

  • Established a Community Outreach Program – Language intervention program at schools in South Tel Aviv with the generous support of the Landa Foundation and Tovanot in Education. The staff and students are currently involved in three schools with children from low socio-economic backgrounds

  • Serves on numerous committees at the Faculty and University level as well as at the Council for Higher Education and Planning & Budgeting Committee

 

Current International Collaborations (2016-2017)

  • Prof. Birger Kollmeier, PhD, MD & Dr. Melanie Zokoll, PhD, Oldenburg University (Germany) on modeling speech perception in noise

  • Prof. Rene Gifford, PhD  & Prof. Mark Wallace, Vanderbilt University (USA) on audio-visual sensory integration in hearing impaired populations

  • Prof. Laurie Eisenberg, PhD, University of South California (USA) on assessing the cues available to cochlear implant users for perceiving speech in noise

Research

‘Bottom-Up’ and ‘Top-Down’ Processes in Human Auditory Perception and Recognition

Our research focuses on understanding the influence and relative contribution of sensory information (“bottom-up” processes) compared to cognitive capabilities and listening experience (“top-down” processes) on the perception of speech and language development. We test our hypotheses in a range of special populations including hearing-impaired infants, children and adults with cochlear implants and/or hearing aids, children on the autistic spectrum, bilingual and trilingual children and adults and middle-aged and elderly adults. We always compare performance with the typically developing population. We develop tests that are aimed to assess different levels of sensory, linguistic and cognitive processing. These include psychoacoustic tests of frequency, temporal and intensity resolution that involve nonspeech auditory stimuli, linguistic tests that involve phonetic, word, and sentence material in optimal and degraded or difficult listening conditions (e.g. background noise, time-compressed speech, multitalker, multi-accented) and cognitive tasks, such as, selective auditory attention using auditory adaptation of the ‘stroop’ task for attending relevant and irrelevant  nformation (e.g. lexical-emotional stroop). In order to understand the influence of repeated exposure to auditory stimuli on performance, we train our subjects in single- or in multiple sessions thus providing us with insights to the auditory memory systems. We use different training tasks that involve the implicit and explicit memory systems that are assumed to be analogoues to language learing in infants and in older children. We utilze primarily behavioral measures that are occasionally supplemented with electriphysiological measures.

 

Our studies are conducted in an infant speech perception/language lab which is unique of its kind in the country and is equipped to test different infant populations with behavioral techniques, and in an acoustically treated state-of-the art psychoacoustic lab. Understanding the factors that influence speech perception throughout the life span have important implications in the design of aural rehabilitation for the hearing impaired and intervention protocols in populations with developmental delays.

 

Publications

Publications

Segal O, Houston D, Kishon-Rabin L. (2016). Auditory discrimination of lexical stress patterns in hearing-impaired infants with cochlear implants compared to normal hearing: Influence of acoustic cues and listening experience to the ambient language.  Ear and Hearing, 37 (2), 225-34.

 

Segal O, Heila S, Kishon-Rabin L. (2016). The effect of listening experience on the discrimination of /ba/ and /pa/ in Hebrew-learning and Arabic-learning infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 42, 86-99.

 

Kishon-Rabin L. (2016). Communication Disorders: A combined discipline of Audiology and Speech & Language Pathology - The Israeli Perspective. ENT & Audiology News, 25 (2), 95-97.

 

Chordekar S, Adelman C, Sohmer H, Kishon-Rabin L. (2016). Non-osseous bone conduction as a possible contributor to the limited attenuation provided by hearing protection devices. Noise and Health, 18, 274-279.

 

Globerson E, Amir N, Kishon-Rabin L, Golan O. (2015). Prosody recognition in high functioning adults with autism spectrum disorders: From psychoacoustics to cognition. Autism Research, 8(2), 153-163.

 

Kishon-Rabin L, Quint J, Hildesheimer M, Ari-Even Roth D. (2015). Delay in auditory behavior and preverbal vocalization in infants with unilateral hearing loss. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 57 (12), 1129-1136.

 

Ari-Even Roth D, Hildesheimer M, Karni A, Kishon-Rabin L. (2015). Asymmetric interaural generalization of learning gains in a speech-in-noise identification task. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138 (5), 2627-2634.

 

Chordekar S, Kishon-Rabin L, Kriksunov L, Adelman C, Sohmer H. (2015). Experimental analysis of the mechanism of hearing under water. BioMed Research International, vol 2015.

 

Henkin Y, Taitelbaum-Swead R, Hildesheimer M, Ari-Even Roth D, Kishon-Rabin L, Kaplan-Neeman R. (2014). Evidence for a right cochlear implant advantage in simultaneous bilateral cochlear implantation. Laryngoscope, 124, 1937–1941.

 

Ben-Itzhak D, Greenstein T, Kishon-Rabin L. (2014). Parent report of the development of auditory skills in infants and toddlers who use hearing aids.  Ear and Hearing, 35(6), 262-271.

 

Segal O, Kaplan D, Patael S, Kishon-Rabin L. (2014). Judging emotions in lexical-prosodic congruent and incongruent speech stimuli in adolescents on the ASD. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopeadica, 66, 25-36.

 

Zaltz Y, Ari-Even Roth D, Gover H, Liran S, Kishon-Rabin L. (2014). The effect of gender on a frequency discrimination task in children. Journal of Basic Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology, 25(3), 293-299.

 

For a full list of Publications click here

 

Keynote Speaker Invitations

Selected International Keynote Speaker Invitations

  • Workshop on age-related hearing loss- Med-El, NYC, USA, 2017. Brain Plasticity in the Elderly: Evidence from Auditory Training

  • European Federations of Audiological Societies (EFAS) Congress, Interlaken, Switzerland, 2017. Expert panel on cochlear implants and implantable hearing devices in single sided deafness

  • British Cochlear Implant Group (BCIG) Annual Meeting, Birmingham, England 2017. Graham Fraser Memorial Lecture Award. To what extent do cochlear implants meet the challenge of hearing in noise

  • 13th European Symposium of Paediatric Cochlear Implantation, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017. Expert panel on Single-sided Deafness

  • VII International Symposium on Childhood Deafness, Naples Italy 2017. Masterclass in diagnostic and treatment of hearing loss in children

 

For the Full list of Keynote Speaker Invitation click here

 

Awards

  • 1988 Scientific Exhibit Award: Excellence of Presentation, ASHA Annual Convention, Boston, USA         
  • 2005 Best Poster award.  Medical Fair. Tel Aviv University  (with Prof. C. Muchnik & Bula Friedman)

  • 2006 Best Poster award.  Medical Fair. Tel Aviv University 

  • 2012 Best 100 Lecturers   מועדון המאה Tel Aviv University         

  • 2014 Best 100 Lecturersמועדון המאה   Tel Aviv University          

  • 2015 Best 100 Lecturers מועדון המאה  Tel Aviv University

  • 2017 Graham Fraser Memorial Lecture. British Cochlear Implant Group (BCIG). England   

 

From The News

South Tel Aviv School is a Model for Language Intervention
Thursday, October 27, 2011

 

TAU researchers give children of immigrants and foreign workers a chance to overcome language barriers

Bialik-Rogozin, a school in South Tel Aviv with an underprivileged student body hailing from 48 different countries, is the subject of the 2011 Oscar-winning documentary short Strangers No More. But before the cameras rolled, researchers at Tel Aviv University had been helping its students overcome the barriers to language development that often handicap children raised by immigrants or refugees.

 

Their program, which involves group and one-on-one sessions with clinicians and Tel Aviv University students, is run by Prof. Liat Kishon-Rabin of TAU’s Department of Communication Disorders at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Her program takes a multipronged approach to help students improve in different areas of language acquisition, including comprehension skills, vocabulary, and writing.

 

Presented at the annual Israeli Speech and Hearing Association Conference by senior clinician Shira Cohen, this model can be implemented across the globe, the researchers say. Many countries are home to such immigrant or refugee families, where children could be getting increased support for language development. The program, funded by the Landa Foundation, has been an unqualified success.

 

A multilingual background means multiple challenges

The population of the school at Bialik-Rogozin is made up of a large number of refugees fleeing their home countries to make a better life for themselves abroad. With often tumultuous pasts that include few educational opportunities, these children are facing many challenges — among them low socioeconomic status, behavior issues, and delayed language development.

 

"Many of these children don't actually have a 'mother tongue,'" says Prof. Kishon-Rabin, explaining that often, parents emigrate from separate countries, and do not share a common first language to pass on to their children. "At home, their parents often speak broken English or Hebrew, and the child is only exposed to this pigeon-like speech. They're exposed to three or more languages, but none of them are spoken properly." Intervention began when a group at Tel Aviv University decided to offer the students hearing tests, and during these tests the researchers discovered how poor the students' language development was.

 

Beginning with a group of 24 students in first grade, Prof. Kishon-Rabin and her team, which included Cohen, Dr Shoshie Rabinowitz, and other trained speech therapists as well as students from TAU's Department of Communications Disorders, provided weekly sessions with special emphasis on natural and social language skills to help the children develop efficient communication in and outside of the classroom.

 

Over the course of the year-long program, the students not only showed an improvement in their language skills, their overall academic performance improved as well. The teachers noted an increase in the students' verbal communication, self confidence, participation and progress in reading and writing when compared to a control group.

 

Stepping up educational support

Relying on funding from outside sources, the program is currently limited in its reach, says Prof. Kishon-Rabin. This is an issue that schools all over the world face as well. Many schools are not even allocated speech therapy hours, and those that do have such courses are extremely limited in their scope.

 

School boards should make more of an effort to meet the language needs of their multicultural populations, she suggests. Some positive steps would include the hiring of full time clinicians, the provision of better training for teachers on language development, and the incorporation of this content into the normal curriculum. Such programs also help train the next generation of clinicians, who receive hands-on experience. The Tel Aviv University students who have volunteered experience high satisfaction from the help they provide, reports Prof. Kishon-Rabin. "It's a win-win situation," she observes.

 

Currently, the program is going full steam ahead into the next academic year, and Prof. Kishon-Rabin hopes that the necessary funding will follow. She is also pioneering another community project set to start in the fall which will encourage greater involvement from teachers, parents, and other community members. "The more the parents are involved, the better the outcome of therapy with the children will be," she says.

 

For additional news excerpts click here

 

Supervision of Graduate Students

Supervision of Ph.D. Students (graduation year)

Shai Chordekar (2014- ). "Excitation of the auditory system by vibratory stimulation through non-osseous conduction". Co-supervised with Prof. Haim Sohmer (Hebrew University)

 

Bonnie Asher (2014-  ). "The quantity, quality and temporal patterns of the dyadic communication exchange in infants 3 & 6 months old from low and high socioeconomic status"

 

Yael Zaltz (2016). The characteristics of auditory-procedural learning in children and adults". Co-supervised with Prof Avi Karni (Haifa U)

 

Liora Levy (2012).  "A response theory of the emotional stroop effect. Co-supervised with Prof D. Algom (Psychology TAU) & Eran Hayut (Open university)

 

Eitan Globerson (2012). The Effect of Auditory Perceptual Abilities and Theory of Mind on Receptive Prosodic Abilities in the General Population and the Autistic Spectrum". Co-supervised with Dr N Amir (TAU), Dr O. Golan (BIU) & Prof M. Lavidor (BIU)

 

Osnat Segal (2011).  "The perception of stress patterns in normal-hearing Hebrew babies"

 

Michal Icht (2009). "Directed forgetting of words". Co-supervised with Prof D. Algom (Psychology, TAU) & Eran Hayut (Open university)

 

Riki Taitelbaum-Swead (2008).  Acoustic cues to the perception of the initial stop voicing contrast in Hebrew speaking children and adults. Co-supervised with Prof. M. Hildesheimer

 

Riki Kaplan-Neeman (2008).  "The identification of speech stimuli in background noise by young adults: Behavioral and  electrophysiological measures". Co-supervised with Prof. C. Muchnik

 

Daphna Ari-Even Roth (2007). Training identification of speech-in-noise in normal hearing subjects : time course and  constraints in adult auditory system plasticity. Co-supervised with Prof. M. Hildesheimer & Prof Avi Karni (Haifa U)

 

 

Consultation of Ph.D. students

Yael Seligsohn Henkin (2000). "Auditory event related potentials in diopathic generalized epilapsy of childhood". Supervised  by Profs. Gadoth and Pratt

 

Hanna Putter-Katz (2000). "Event related potentials during auditory perceptual tasks in learning-disabled children".  Supervised by Profs. Gadoth and Pratt.

 

For a list of M.A. students' supervision click here

 

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