James Madison University

Erin G. Piker, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A

Assistant Professor

PHOTO: Erin Piker
  • Office: HBS 1030
  • Phone: 540-568-3871
  • Email: pikereg@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4304
    235 Martin Luther King Jr Way
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Education

  • Au.D. Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

Research and Teaching Areas:

  • Vestibular physiology and diagnostics
  • Effects of aging on vestibular function and balance
  • Classes: Anatomy and physiology of the central auditory system, Pathophysiology of the auditory system, Vestibular physiology and testing, Aural rehabilitation

Research Laboratory


Selected Publications

  • Patki AU, Ronen O, Kaylie DM, Frank-Ito DO, Piker EG (2016). Anatomic variations in temporal bones affect the intensity of nystagmus during warm caloric irrigation. Otol Neurotol, 37(8):1111 - 1116.
  • Piker EG, Schulz K, Parham K, Vambutas A, Witsell D... Lee WT (2016) Variation in the use of vestibular diagnostic testing for patients presenting to otolaryngology clinics with dizziness. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 155(1): 42 - 47.
  • Piker EG, Garrison D, Kaylie DM, Tucci DL. (2015) Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale: factor structure, internal consistency, and convergent validity in patients with dizziness. Audiology and Neurotology, 20:394-399.
  • Piker EG, Baloh RW, Witsell DL, Garrison D, Lee WT. (2015) Assessment of the clinical utility of cVEMP and oVEMP testing in elderly patients. Otology and Neurotology. June 24 2015Epub ahead of print.
  • Piker EG (2014) Update on cVEMP and oVEMP testing and superior canal dehiscence. Canadian Audiology. Vol(1) Issue(4).
  • Jacobson GP, Piker EG, Watford KE, Gruenwald J, Wanna G, Rivas A. (2014) Concordance and   discordance between patient and healthcare provider on dizziness self-report measures.  American Journal of Otolaryngology35(6):779-783.
  • Piker EG, Jacobson GP. (2014) Self-report symptoms differ between younger and older dizzy patients. Otology and Neurotology, 35(5):873-879.
  • Piker EG, Jacobson GP, Burkard RF, McCaslin DL, Hood L (2013) Effects of age on the tuning of the cVEMP and oVEMP.  Ear & Hearing,34(6):65-73.
  • Jacobson GP, Piker EG, Do CK, McCaslin DL, Hood L (2012) Suppression of the vestibulo-ocular reflex using visual and non-visual stimuli. American Journal of Audiology,21: 226-231.
  • Piker EG, Jacobson GP, Tran AT, McCaslin DL, Hale ST (2012) Spouse perceptions of patient self-reported vertigo severity and dizziness handicap. Otology and Neurotology,33:1034-1039.
  • Jacobson GP& Piker EG (2012) Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials: Current State of Affairs. Canadian Hearing Report, May; 7(2): 31-.
  • McCaslin DL & Piker EG (2011) A Quick Look at the Ocular VEMP. Audiology Today, 23, 28-35.
  • Jacobson GP, McCaslin DL, Piker EG, Gruenwald J, Grantham SL, Tegel L (2011) The ”Romberg test of standing balance on firm and compliant support surfaces” is insensitive to vestibular system impairment. Ear and Hearing, 32: (6) 1-5.
  • Jacobson GP, McCaslin DL, Piker EG, Gruenwald J, Grantham SL, Tegel L (2011) Patterns of abnormality in cVEMP, oVEMP and caloric tests may provide topological information about vestibular system impairment. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 22: 601-611.
  • Piker EG, Jacobson GP, McCaslin DL, Hood LJ (2011) Normal Characteristics of the ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potential. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 22, 222-230.
  • McCaslin DL, Jacobson, GP, Grantham SL, Piker EG, Verghese S (2011) The influence of unilateral saccular impairment on functional balance performance and self-report dizziness handicap. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 22 (8), 542-549.
  • Piker EG (2009) Student Spotlight: How I found Audiology.  Audiology Today, 21, 70.
  • Jacobson GP, McCaslin DL, Grantham SL, Piker EG (2008) Significant vestibular impairment is common in a cohort of elderly patients referred for assessment of falls risk. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 19, 799-807
  • Piker EG, Jacobson GP, McCaslin DL, Grantham S(2008) Psychological co-morbidities and their relationship to self-report handicap in samples of dizzy patients.  Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 19, 337-347.

Peer Reviewed Abstracts

  • Chandramohan A, Wright J, Fernandez XD, Zhuang J, Lad E, Cousins S, Madden D, Piker E, Tucci D, Whitson H (2015) The Effect of Hearing on Cognitive Evaluation in Patients with Age-related Macular Degeneration. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 63:S147-S147.
  • Kahmke RR, Keeler JA, Garrison D, Piker EG, Tucci DL, Adkins HD, Kaylie DL. (2014) Vestibular testing data in migraine-associated vertigo. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 151(1 Suppl):P99-P100.

Book Chapters

  • Piker EG, Garrison, D. (2014). Clinical Neurophysiology of the Vestibular System, In J. Katz (Ed), Clinical Handbook of Audiology, 7th Edition, (pp. 381-398). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Jacobson GP, Shepard NT, McCaslin DL, Piker EG (2014).  Eye movement recording techniques. In G. P. Jacobson & N. Shepard (Eds.), Balance Function Assessment and Management, 2nd Edition, (pp. 99 – 116). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.
  • Jacobson GP, Newman CW, Piker EG. (2014).  Assessing dizziness health related quality of life. In G. P. Jacobson & N. Shepard (Eds.), Balance Function Assessment and Management, 2nd Edition, (pp. 163 – 208). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.
  • Jacobson GP, McCaslin DL, Piker EG, Gruenwald J, Grantham L, Tegel L. (2014) Topological localization of vestibular system impairment. In G.P. Jacobson & N.Shepard (Eds.) Balance Function Assessment and Management, 2nd Edition, (613 – 630). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.
  • Jacobson GP, Shepard NT, Dundas JA, McCaslin DL, Piker EG (2008).  Eye movement recording techniques. In G.P. Jacobson & N.Shepard(Eds.) Balance Function Assessment and Management. (pp. 27-44). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.

Conference Presentations (last five years)

  • Piker EG (2016). The caloric test: using the newest technology to better understand our oldest vestibular test. Invited presentation at The Ruth Symposium in Audiology and Hearing Science, Harrisonburg, VA, October 14-15, 2016
  • Piker EG, Carpenter D, Frank-Ito DO. (2016). Computational study of the relationship between temporal bone anatomy and caloric asymmetry. Poster presentation at annual American Otological Society meeting in Chicago, IL, May 21, 2015.
  • Carpenter DA, Piker EG, Kaylie DM, Frank-Ito D. (2016). Investigating the role of temporal bone anatomy on caloric stimulation. Poster presented at the annual American Auditory Society meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, March 3-5, 2016.
  • Patki AU, Ronen O, Kaylie DM, Frank-Ito DO, Piker EG (2016). Anatomic variations in temporal bones affect the intensity of nystagmus during warm caloric irrigation. Podium presentation at annual American Otological Society meeting in Chicago, IL, May 21, 2015.
  • Piker EG. (2015). Vestibular test utilization in the assessment of dizzy patients. Invited presentation at the Creating Healthcare Excellence through Education and Research (CHEER) coordinator training workshop, Alexandria, VA, August 6 – 8, 2015.
  • Chandramohan A, Wright J, Fernandez XD, Zhuang J, Lad EM, Cousins S, Madden D, Piker EG, Tucci DL, Whitson HE. (2015). The effect of hearing on cognitive evaluation in patients with age-related macular degeneration. Presidential Poster presented at the annual American Geriatrics Society meeting in National Harbor, MD, May 15 – 17, 2015.
  • Piker EG. (2014) Down-beating paroxysmal positional nystagmus: BPPV versus CNS disease. Podium presentation at the annual American Balance Society Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, March 5, 2014.
  • Jacobson GP, Piker EG (2014). Concordance and discordance between healthcare providers and patients on patient self-report measures of dizziness. Podium presentation at the annual American Balance Society Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, March 5, 2014.
  • Piker EG, Garrison D (2014) Update on cVEMP and oVEMP testing in superior canal dehiscence. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Audiology, Raleigh, NC, September 20, 2014.
  • Kahmke RR, Keeler JA, Garrison D, Piker EG, Tucci DL, Adkins HD, Kaylie DL. (2014) Vestibular testing data in migraine-associated vertigo. Oral presentation at annual AAO-HNSF meeting in Orlando, FL, September 23, 2014.
  • Unrein SC, Piker EG, Tucci DL, Kaylie DM. (2014). Changes in hearing perception with electrical stimulation in users with Meniere’s Disease: A case series.  Oral presentation at annual American Cochlear Implant Alliance meeting in Nashville, TN, December 11, 2014.
  • Piker, EG (2013).  Effects of age on the cVEMP and oVEMP I/O functions. Podium presentation at the annual American Balance Society Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, March 6, 2013.
  • Piker EG, Jacobson GP (2013).  The use of subjective self-report measures for the diagnostic assessment and management of dizzy patients.  Presentation at the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology, Anaheim, CA, April 4, 2013.
  • Piker EG. (2013) The effects of age on the cervical and ocular VEMP.  Invited presentation at VA National Center for Rehabilitation Audiology Research supported by the NCRAR Foundation Visiting Scientist program, Portland, OR, October 25, 2013.
  • Tucci DL, Piker EG, Unrein S. (2013) All Ears: Hearing and Balance Disorders and How We Treat Them. Senior Health Events Discussion Forum for the Senior Health Support of the Triangle, November 21, 2013.
  • Piker EG, Jacobson GP, Tran AT, McCaslin DL, Hale ST (2012) Spouse perceptions of patient self-reported vertigo severity and dizziness handicap. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Balance Society, Scottsdale, AZ, March 7, 2012.
  • Piker EG, Jacobson GP (2012) Age Effects on the Frequency Tuning of cVEMP and oVEMP. Resident and Graduate Student Poster Session Award, presented at the annual meeting of the American Auditory Society, Scottsdale, AZ, March 8-10, 2012.
  • Do CK, Jacobson GP, Piker EG, McCaslin DL, Hood  LJ (2012) Modulation of the Vestibulo-ocular reflex using visual and non-visual stimuli. NIH-NIDCD Short Term Research Traineeship Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Auditory Society, Scottsdale, AZ, March 8-10, 2012.
  • Piker EG, Jacobson GP, Burkard BB, McCaslin DL, Hood LJ (2012).  Effects of age on the frequency tuning of the cVEMP and oVEMP. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology, Boston, MA March 28-31, 2012.
  • Piker EG, Jacobson GP, Burkard BB, McCaslin DL, Hood LJ (2012).  Effects of age on the frequency tuning of the cVEMP and oVEMP. Poster presented at the second annual Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center poster session, Nashville, TN, April 2, 2012.
  • Jacobson GP, McCaslin DL, Piker EG, Gruenwald J, Grantham S, Tegel L (2011) The “Romberg Testof Standing Balance on Firm and Compliant Support Surfaces” is insensitive to the presence of peripheral vestibular system impairment.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Balance Society, Scottsdale, AZ, March 2, 2011.

Awards/Other

  • Clinical Preceptor of the Year Award from the University of North Carolina (2016)
  • New Investigator Award, American Academy of Audiology and the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (2014)
  • Editor’s Award from the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (2014)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Lessons for Success fellowship award, grant writing workshop (NIDCD U24 DC007835) (2014)
  • Mentoring for Junior Faculty and Clinician Scientists in Communication Disorders program; Mentors: Robert Baloh, MD & Walter Lee, MD (NIDCD U24 DC012079) (2013)
    National Institute of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Program Award for Clinical Researchers (2013-2015)
  • Mentored Doctoral Student Research Poster Session Award, National meeting of American Auditory Society (2012)
  • James Jerger Award for Excellence in Student Research, National meeting of the American Academy of Audiology (2012)
  • Mentored Doctoral Student Research Poster Session Award, National meeting of American Auditory Society (2010)
  • Mentored Doctoral Student Research Poster Session Award, National meeting of American Auditory Society (2009)
  • Preparation of Tomorrow’s Leaders in Pediatric Audiology and Early Intervention Scholarship (Grant #H325D050047) (2008 – 2010)
  • The Hearing Journal’s Best of Audiology Literature pick for Piker et al. 2008 article (2008)
  • The Hearing Journal’s Best of Audiology Literature pick for Jacobson et al. 2008 article (2008)
  • Vanderbilt University Capstone Research Award (2008)