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Catherine V. Palmer, PhD

  • Director of Audiology, UPMC
  • Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Science and Disorders
  • Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Dr. Palmer’s extensive research and educational efforts have focused on hearing aid and sound amplification technology for people with hearing loss. She has published over 80 articles and book chapters in these topic areas as well as provided over 100 national and international presentations. Palmer teaches the graduate level amplification courses at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Seminars in Hearing. She has served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Audiology and the DePaul Institute for Hearing and Speech.

    Education & Training

  • Northwestern University, PhD in Audiology and Hearing Impairment
  • Northwestern University, MA in Audiology and Hearing Impairment
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BA in Multicultural Elementary Education
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS in Communication Science & Disorders
PA Academy of Audiology Don Konkle Award for Outstanding Service, 2004
PAO-HNS Citation for Distinguished Service, 2006
Larry Mauldin Award for Educational and Professional Excellence, 2009
Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring, 2015
American Academy of Audiology Presidential Award, 2022
Honors of the Academy, American Academy of Audiology, 2023
Research Interests

Dr. Palmer conducts research in the areas of auditory learning post hearing aid fitting, the relationship between hearing and cognitive health, and matching technology to individual needs.