HESP Professor to Serve on National Advisory Council

Professor Sandra Gordon-Salant, a faculty member in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, has been invited to serve on the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She will serve a term beginning in June 2017 and ending in May 2021.

Established in 1989, the NIDCD Advisory Council advises the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the director of the NIH; and the director of the NIDCD on matters relating to the conduct and support of research and research training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to disorders of hearing and other communication processes.

As a member, Dr. Gordon-Salant will advise and make recommendations to the secretary of Health and Human Services and the director of the NIDCD on matters related to the activities carried out by and through the Institute and the policies respecting these activities.  Members of the Council make recommendations for funding of specific research grants, conference grants, and career awards, and also advise regarding future funding priorities and initiatives of the Institute.

Professor Gordon-Salant is the director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in Audiology at Northwestern University. She has served as editor of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, as associate editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America – Express Letters, and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committees on Disability Determination for Individuals with Hearing Impairments and Medical Evaluation of Veterans for Disability Determination.

Her research interests include the effects of aging and hearing loss on auditory processes, as well as signal enhancement devices for hearing-impaired listeners. Dr. Gordon-Salant has published more than 80 articles and book chapters on the topic of age-related hearing loss and speech understanding problems of older people. She is the senior editor of the volume The Aging Auditory System (Springer).

Dr. Gordon-Salant received the prestigious James Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology in 2009 and was elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2011. She also received the Al Kawana Award for outstanding contributions to research from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2013. Her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health since 1986.

The College congratulates Dr. Gordon-Salant on this remarkable achievement.

Gordon Salant