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Speech & Hearing Science :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Speech & Hearing Science
College of Applied Health Sciences


Courses in Speech and Hearing Science are taught by members of the faculty who bring their expertise and personal commitment to the classroom which creates a learning environment where student initiative is encouraged. Ratings by students place the courses and instructors in the Department well above campus averages.


  • Justin Aronoff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Cochlear implants; binaural hearing
  • Aron K. Barbey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Cognitive communication disorders; traumatic brain injury; brain imaging
  • Ron D. Chambers, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Diagnostic audiology; auditory evoked-potentials
  • Marie Moore Channell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Development of language, cognition, and social-emotional skills in individuals with intellectual disability
  • Laura Segebart DeThorne, Ph.D., Associate Head, Associate Professor
    Language development and disorders; causal influences; ACC; social model of disability
  • Susan Dramin-Weiss, Instructor, M.A.
  • Tanya M. Gallagher, Ph.D., Professor
  • David M. Gooler, Ph.D., Instructor
    Neural bases of sound pattern recognition; hearing loss; auditory perception and temporal processing
  • Pamela A. Hadley, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Grammatical development; early identification of specific language impairment; intervention research
  • Laura J. Hahn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Early social, cognitive, and communicative development in infants and young children with neurogenetic disorders
  • Donald Haring, M.A., Instructor
  • Julie Hengst, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Acquired cognitive-linguistic communication disorders; discourse analysis in clinical populations
  • Fatima Husain, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Neural bases of hearing, speech perception and disorders, such as, tinnitus and hearing loss
  • Aaron Johnson, Ph.D, Assistant Professor
    Effects of voice use and vocal training on the structure, function, and underlying neuromuscular biology of the aging larynx
  • Cynthia J. Johnson, Ph.D, Associate Professor
    Language, reading, and writing acquisition and disorders in school-aged children; phonological development and disorders in children
  • Karen Iler Kirk, Ph.D., Professor, Department Head
    Speech perception in listeners with cochlear implants or hearing aids; development of spoken word recognition tests
  • Torrey M. J. Loucks, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Neurobiology of speech production and stuttering emphasizing auditory feedback and motor control
  • Raksha Anand Mudar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Effects of aging and Alzheimer's disease on higher-order semantic processing using behavioral and multi-modal brain imaging methods
  • F. Adele Proctor, Sc.D., Associate Professor
    Clinical sociolinguistics; differential diagnosis in multicultural populations; pediatric traumatic brain injury
  • Matthew Rispoli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Developmental psycholinguistics; crosslinguistic language acquisition
  • Kenneth L. Watkin, Ph.D., Professor

Clinical Faculty

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  • Stefanie Cole, Administrative Aide
  • Robert Duchene, Clerical Assistant
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