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What is SAA?

The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) is a graduate student organization dedicated to advancing the interests of students pursuing a career in audiology. The SAA is the national student division of the American Academy of Audiology. The Pitt SAA chapter promotes public awareness of audiology and student involvement in social, community and educational programs. Each year, the organization plans advocacy, humanitarian, social, educational and fundraising events.

Mission Statement

To serve as a collective voice for students within the chapter area and to advance the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology. 

To engage students in lifelong professional activities that promote and advance the profession of audiology and provide services, information, education, representation and advocacy for the profession and the public we serve.

Who can join?

Graduate students enrolled full-time in the Doctor of Audiology at the University of Pittsburgh are welcome. The chapter may also include undergraduates from the university or local area who are interested in exploring audiology. The chapter will determine dues and privileges for these undergraduates as associate members. Undergraduate chapter members are required to be members of the national SAA.

How to get involved

SAA is involved on-campus and in the community. Events are held throughout the year to promote inclusion and expand our advocacy to the entire Pittsburgh community. Please check our social media pages to find the specific dates and details for our current events! Examples of events we have held in the past are listed below.


  • Annual conference
  • Attendance at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and American Academy of Audiology (AAA) conferences
  • Career Seminar Series
  • Professional Seminar Series 


  • Health Fairs
  • Ask Me About Audiology Campaign


  • Welcome Back BBQ
  • Holiday Parties
  • Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games
  • Trivia Bowl


  • Special Olympics Healthy Hearing
  • Community Hearing Screenings
  • Volunteering at Squirrel Hill Food Pantry

Academic Events:

  • White Coat Ceremony


  • Popcorn and T-shirt Sales

Current Student Information

Meet our Board!

Lauren Swatzler, President Barb Schmele, Vice President Cece Lacey, Treasurer Elizabeth Larget, Secretary
Lauren Swatzler
Barb Schmele
Vice President
Cece Lacey
Elizabeth Larget
"In SAA, I get to work with students to create fun social events, meaningful humanitarian activities and provide essential resources to our student body." "SAA has allowed me the opportunity to connect with other future professionals and talk about our goals for the future." "I enjoy collaborating with my classmates to engage with the community regarding hearing and balance disorders." "My favorite part of SAA is being able to promote public awareness about audiology."
Laura Cahalan, Humanitarian Co-Chair Stephanie Hood, Humanitarian Co-Chair Jillian Malo, Event Co-Chair Lauren Stadel, Event Co-Chair
Laura Cahalan
Humanitarian Co-Chair 
Stephanie Hood
Humanitarian Co-Chair 
Jillian Malo
Event Co-Chair
Lauren Stadel
Event Co-Chair 
"I like SAA because it allows us to be involved in our Pittsburgh community in a way that helps us grow professionally!"  "SAA offers guest lecturers, volunteer work, community outreach, and social events with audiology students." "SAA allows for a great way to interact with members of all classes and interact more with the greater Pittsburgh community!" "SAA brings in guest speakers to broaden our clinical knowledge and allows us to get involved in our community."
  Kimmy Yurasits, Fundraising Chair Gelli Ortiz, Social Chair  
  Kimmy Yurasits
Fundraising Chair
Gelli Ortiz
Social Chair 

"I absolutely love SAA. It’s given me lifelong friends and a deep connection to the community I hope to serve."

"SAA has given me friendships and colleagues that will last a lifetime. I have loved learning and growing together."  

Suggestion Box     

We are happy to hear your feedback on our events, suggestions for future events, or any feedback you may have. Send your suggestions here

SAA at Pitt Mailbox

Attn: Lauren Swatzler

    Communication Sciences and Disorders Department

    5012 Forbes Tower

    Pittsburgh PA, 15260

Connect with us!

Find us on our Facebook page; Student Academy of Audiology-Pittsburgh Chapter

Instagram: @saa_pgh

National SAA Website: