Associate Professor, Department of Speech & Hearing Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
BA: Communicative Disorders, California State University Long Beach, 1993
MA: Communicative Disorders (Audiology), California State University Long Beach, 1995
PhD: Communicative Disorders (Audiology), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
The introduction of the AuD as the entry-level clinical degree has brought about many positive changes as well as challenges for the profession of audiology. As a member of the academic community involved in the implementation and running of an AuD program, I have seen the positive change of increased rigor and breadth of knowledge that our students achieve. I have also witnessed the unintended consequence of the AuD degree on the decreasing number of students beginning and completing a PhD in audiology and hearing science. The academic community is faced with the challenge of maintaining our research and teaching base with PhD-level audiologists and hearing scientists during a time when fewer students are seeking this opportunity. The relationship between auditory research and clinical practice is symbiotic, requiring both the AuD and PhD for the field to remain viable and independent. It is my hope that both the educational programs and the Academy find creative ways to make the PhD degree attractive and financially viable for students already completing an AuD degree. I look forward to working towards meeting this challenge. I am honored to be nominated and would be pleased to serve the Academy on behalf of our profession.
Areas of Special Interest
Speech perception, aging, aural rehabilitation
The Best of Audiology Literature 2006: Diagnostic Audiology for Roup, Wiley & Wilson (2006); Acknowledged in The Hearing Journal, June 2007, Research Award, Ohio Academy of Audiology, 2009.
American Academy of Audiology, Member, Education Committee, July 2013–present; Research Podiums & Posters Committee Member, 2007; Ohio Academy of Audiology Member-at-Large, 2007–2011; Student Research Posters Committee Chair, 2007–2013; Student Volunteer Committee Chair, 2007–2011; President-Elect, 2012; President, 2013; Planning Co-Chair, 2013.