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Media & Awards

Lake Como, Italy

In the Media

Click the links below to see where my research has been featured.

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Flash Talk

Flash Talk for the SENSE Network:

View on YouTube

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Press Release


TV Interview

Interview with NCTV 18 host, Charley Walters:

Profiles: Dr. Jessica S. West


Futurity Article

Post about my research on the link between hearing loss and mental health:

Hearing Loss and Depression are Connected

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Reuters Health Article

About my research on hearing loss disclosure:

Women better than men at explaining hearing loss


Blog Post

How making connections across Duke's campus helped my career:

Making the Most of Duke on the Road to the Ph.D.


Press Release

Press release for a paper on hearing loss and mental health:

Hearing Loss and Depression are Connected

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About my research on hearing loss disclosure:

 How do men and women differ when it comes to hearing challenges?



Listen to me talk about hearing loss within married couples:

Stress Spillover in Marriage Due to Hearing Loss

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For the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services:

Arab Americans: A Community Portrait

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Hearing Health & Technology Post

About my research on hearing loss disclosure:

Fessing Up to Hearing Loss: It's a Gender Thing.

Awards & Honors

NIH Diversity Supplement ($284,350)


National Institute on Aging


This research will examine the impact of hearing loss on risks of hospitalization among older adults with heart failure in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Dupre (R01AG075210). 

New Investigator Award ($1,000)


American Auditory Society


Provides travel support for new investigators to attend and present at the AAS annual scientific and technology meeting.

Pilot Funding Award ($55,634)


Duke University Population Research Institute


“Racial and Ethnic Differences in Age-Related Hearing Loss.” PI: Dr. Matthew Dupre, Role: Co-I.

Maddox Fellowship ($5,000)


Duke University Medical Center, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development


Awarded to early career investigators who have already demonstrated commitment to the field of aging and outstanding academic potential.

Data Expedition Award ($1,500)

Duke University, Rhodes Information Initiative

Two-day data analysis course for undergraduate students (

Lancet Commission on Hearing Loss, Consultant


Invited by Drs. Debara Tucci and Blake Wilson (Commission Co-Chairs). Active participant in the COVID-19 Working Group (Dr. Gerard O'Donoghue) and the Stigma Working Group (Drs. Howard Francis and Laura Nyblade).

Graduate Student Paper Award Honorable Mention

American Sociological Association, Section on Aging & the Life Course

Awarded to: "Hearing Impairment and Mental Health among Married Couples."

Phillip Jackson Baugh Fellowship ($23,850)

Duke University Graduate School

Competetive fellowship providing an annual stipend, tuition, and fees.

Massachusetts Eye & Ear Audiology Leadership Advisory Council

Invited by Dr. Kevin Franck, Director of Audiology. Role included lending expertise in research and social determinants of health to division issues and opportunities.

Summer Research Fellowship ($5,500)

Duke University Graduate School

Competitive Workshop Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Accepted to attend “Health Disparities, Health Inequities, and Vulnerable Populations: Research Examining and Understanding Complexity,” an ICPSR workshop at the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan. July 10-14.

Summer Research Fellowship ($5,500)

Duke University Graduate School

Summer Research Fellowship ($5,500)

Duke University Graduate School

Robert Cooley Angell Honors Thesis Award

University of Michigan

Awarded for the best honors thesis in Sociology, “The Everyday Management of a Hard of Hearing Identity.”

Beverly J. Waterman Scholarship ($1,500)

University of Michigan

Awarded to students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

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