Lab Members


David Horn, M.D., M.S.

Primary Investigator

Dr. Horn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington and holds an adjunct appointment with the Department of Speech and Hearing
Sciences. He is a pediatric otolaryngologist and Co-director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. His research employs behavioral (psychoacoustic) methods to study auditory development in pediatric cochlear implant patients. Dr. Horn’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, American Otological Society, Seattle Children’s Research Fund, and private donations.

Dr. Horn earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin and then completed an Otolaryngology residency at Indiana University. During residency, he completed 2 years of dedicated research with Drs. David Pisoni and Richard Miyamoto on cognitive and behavioral development in pediatric cochlear implant patients. His Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship training was subsequently completed at the University of Pittsburgh and he joined the UW faculty in 2010. Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Horn is thrilled to be back on the west coast. His lovely wife and three tempestuous daughters keep him busy enough when away from the hospital and the lab. When he has a free moment, he spends his time cycling, cooking, watching old movies, and playing guitar.

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Destinee M Halverson, AuD, CCC-A

Research Audiologist

Dr. Destinee Halverson is the Research Audiologist for PADL. She is also a Pediatric Audiologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital where she sees newborn infants through young adults with hearing loss. Dr. Halverson graduated with her Doctorate of Audiology from Western Washington University in 2021. Prior to graduation, she received a NIH/NIDCD T35 research traineeship at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Her research and clinical interests include pediatric cochlear implants, brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) testing, auditory development and processing differences, and audiovisual speech perception. In her free time, Dr. Halverson enjoys thrifting, road trips, live music, and searching for all the best happy hour spots in the city!


Mariette Broncheau, B.S.

Research Coordinator

Mariette is the Research Coordinator for PADL.  She is the first point of contact for most people who enroll their infants in any of our studies.  Mariette studied Speech and Hearing Sciences here at the University of Washington, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 2013.  She is the proud mom of two and enjoys campfires, video games, and attending live music concerts with her uproarious life partner.

Anisha Noble, MD

Anisha Noble, M.D., M.S.

UW Otolaryngology Resident- Research Year

Anisha Noble is a fourth-year resident in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at University of Washington. After graduating from NYU, she earned a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and received the Herbert S. Steuer Award for Excellence in Anatomy. She studied risk factors associated with oral cavity cancer recurrence at Cleveland Clinic Foundation and earned her M.D. from Case Western Reserve University, where she was elected into AOA. Her research under Dr. David Horn’s mentorship investigates spectrotemporal discrimination in infants and children with the goal of developing tools to assess pediatric cochlear implant efficiency. Following her initial research year at the Prosthetic Auditory Development Lab, Dr. Noble was awarded a CORE Grant to expand upon her pediatric cochlear implant research. As of January 2020, she now also serves as Chief Resident at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  In her spare time she enjoys small get-togethers, naps with her beloved cat Jamόn, and petting other people’s dogs.


Joshua Cheung, B.A.

Lab Assistant

Josh is a 4th year Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) student at the University of Washington.  He is originally from Sacramento, CA and received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is currently interested in working with the pediatric population as an audiologist.  Within the lab, his main responsibility is test assisting with research subjects.   In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, playing video games and playing tennis.