Join the Discussion: Moving from Microaggressions to Cultural Humility: A Critical Discussion for Audiology - Part 1 of 4


Erica Friedland, AuD and Katie Colella, AuD (Facilitators)
Alaa K. Abdelhakiem, PharmD and Lachelle Lazarus, AuD

Duration: 60 minutes


In a four-part discussion series, the Academy will address the range of incivilities and microaggressions that audiologists and students may experience in their various practice and education settings. The series will give voice to real experiences while offering practical tools and strategies within each discussion to help move the profession holistically toward committing to cultural humility in practice. Part one of the series will provide an overview of microaggressions and the framework of cultural humility, as well as begin to introduce strategies within the context of individual stories.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss different kinds of microaggressions that occur in audiology practice and education
2. Explain the concept of a cultural humility framework
3. Introduce a strategy for addressing microaggressions directly 


Alaa K. Abdelhakiem PharmD

Dr. Abdelhakiem received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Missouri State University in 2015 and went on to earn a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in 2019. She completed a postgraduate year-one residency the following year at DHR Health in collaboration with Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy and then went on to complete a one-year post-doctoral academic fellowship at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.

 Currently, Dr. Abdelhakiem serves as a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy. Dr. Abdelhakiem’s research interests include cultural competency in health care; diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); student wellness and resilience; and health disparities.


Katie Masterson Colella, AuD

Dr. Colella graduated from Purdue University with her doctorate of audiology in 2012. She started her career at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan before joining the team at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in 2016. As a member of the diagnostic and inpatients teams, Dr. Colella engages in diagnostic evaluations, electrophysiology, and amplification fitting and management.

 Dr. Colella has co-authored multiple articles about avoiding microaggression in audiology and co-created a self-study CEU course titled Toward Cultural Humility: The Black American Experience. She is a member of the Guidelines and Strategic Documents Committee through the American Academy of Audiology, and the creator of the podcast mini-series Amplified: Presented by Lurie Children’s.


Erica Friedland, AuD

Dr. Friedland is chair of and associate professor in the department of audiology, Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) where she is responsible for the administration of the department of audiology and its three programs as well as the audiology clinic. She also teaches doctoral courses entitled Pathologies of the Auditory and Vestibular System, Neuroscience for Audiology, and Audiology Clinical Grand Rounds.

Clinically, Dr. Friedland precepts doctoral students in the Audiology Clinic at NSU during the provision of service. Dr. Friedland is the chair of the Academic Programs Committee for the American Academy of Audiology and a site visitor for the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE). Dr. Friedland’s current research is focused on skills-based clinical evaluation of students, preceptor roles, and characteristics of the ideal audiology applicant.


Lachelle Lazarus, AuD 

Dr. Lazarus is an audiologist at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. She specializes in tinnitus assessment and management, as well as vestibular diagnostics. In addition to her clinical work, she is also a preceptor to doctoral audiology externs and interns. She completed her fourth-year clinical externship at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

 Dr. Lazarus is an active member of the American Academy of Audiology and the current chair of the Academy’s Inclusion, Representation, and Equity Steering Group. Outside of direct patient care, Dr. Lazarus has an interest in supervising and mentoring students and new graduates and helping them navigate entry into their careers. With her well-rounded clinical experience, she is continually drawn to the various realms of audiology and looks forward to continuing to develop her specialties while working to provide opportunities for the newer audiologists to excel at their careers.


Join the Discussion: Moving from Microaggressions to Cultural Humility: A Critical Discussion for Audiology - Part 1 of 4
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Recorded 05/03/2022
Recorded 05/03/2022