About Brandy Hollins
Brandy Hollins is from St. Leonard, MD. She received her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Instead of using these degrees to “lock her seat” into law school, she pursued a post-bac degree in Communication Sciences at Portland State University in Portland, OR.
She is current;y attending the University of Pittsburgh, where she will be receiving her Doctorate in Audiology in May 2022.
Brandy plans to use her career to explore new avenues and evidence-based techniques to diagnose and treat patients on a day-to-day basis. She is also planning on working with public health initiatives, particularly through reconditioned hearing ids and outreach programs.
She also has an interest in vestibular science as well as gerontology.
Brandy became interested in Audiology after working in various courtrooms and noticed that children were not receiving the support they needed in hearing and speech. She realized this field needed more people and representation.
Outside of her studies, Brandy is an avid musician and plays piano, harp, and french horn. She used to study with concert pianists and enjoys playing on a regular basis. Her love for music has given her a fascination with sound and its qualities, which is a perfect bridge for audiology.
She is currently a student representative for the National Hearing Conservation Association, and she was selected for an NCRAR NIH NIDCD T-35 Research Traineeship in 2020. She completed an internship at the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) in Portland, OR in 2016, and she was a volunteer tutor at Literacy Pittsburgh from 2018-2021, teaching adult basic literacy and helping people obtain their GEDs.
Education is very important to Brandy, as she is a first-generation high school and college graduate.
She is also a proud mom to her two Scottish terriers, “Bruno Walter” and “Fala Dracula.”