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Susan W Jerger
Ashbel Smith Professor-Behavioral & Brain Sciences
Office MailstopMail Box: GR41, GR4116, Room No.: GR 4.116 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-2268    URL UTD Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.Audiology and BioacousticsBaylor College of Medicine1986
 M.S.Speech and Hearing SciencesPurdue University1963
 B.A.Speech and Hearing SciencesUniversity of Houston1961
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Research Interests

My research focuses on children with mild-severe sensorineural hearing losses who often use hearing aids and spoken language as their primary mode of communication. The degree of success in understanding speech varies widely in these children, however, even in those with the same degree and configuration of hearing loss. To attempt to understand these real-life differences in spoken word recognition, our program of research addresses some of the auditory perceptual, linguistic, and cognitive processes underlying speech comprehension. My current research projects focus on a range of issues concerned with how differences in auditory experience and quality of auditory input affect the development of speech processing at different levels of abstraction.

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Mehta, J., Jerger, S., & Jerger, J. Word proto-typicality and relatedness. In Jerger, J. and Martin, J. (eds.) Listening to Words: Insights from Auditory Electrophysiology. San Diego: Plural. (in press).
Category: Listening to Words: Insights from Auditory Electro...
Book chapters
Jerger, S., Damian, M., Mills, C., Bartlett, J., Tye-Murray, N. and Abdi, H. (2013). Effect of Perceptual Load on Semantic Access by Speech in Children. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 56(2):388-403. doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2012/11-0186
Jerger, S., Damian, M., Spence, M., Tye-Murray, N., & Abdi, H. Developmental shifts in children's sensitivity to visual speech: A new multimodal picture word task. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 102, 40-59, 2009.
Category: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Peer reviewed
Jerger, S. and Tye-Murray, N. The role of visual speech in phonological processing by children with hearing loss. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 52, 412-434, 2009.
Category: Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research
Peer reviewed
Mehta, J., Jerger, S., Jerger, J., & Martin, J. Electrophysiological correlates of word comprehension: Event-related potential (ERP) and independent component analysis (ICA). International Journal of Audiology, 48, 1-11, 2009.
Category: International Journal of Audiology
Peer reviewed
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2004-presentResearch Professor  Washington University School of Medicine
2002-2003Adjunct Research Scientist  Central Institute for the Deaf
1997-2000External Examiner  University of Hong Kong
1997-presentAshbel Smith Professor & DirectorChildren's Speech Processing LaboratorySchool of Behavior and Brain SciencesUniversity of Texas-Dallas
1995-1997Professor  Baylor College of Medicine
1995-presentAffiliated ProfessorCenter for Human Development Research University of Texas-Houston School of Medicine
1995-2002Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Psychology Rice University
1993-1994Affiliated Associate ProfessorCenter for Human Development Research University of Texas-Houston School of Medicine
1990-1994Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of Psychology Rice University
1989-1994Associate Professor  Baylor College of Medicine
1989-1997Medical Scientist Staff, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Service  The Methodist Hospital
1986-1997Director, Children's Special Hearing Section  Baylor College of Medicine
1986-1989Assistant Professor  Baylor College of Medicine
1983-1997Research Associate  Houston School for Deaf Children
1968-1983Research Associate  Baylor College of Medicine
1963-1968Research Assistant  Houston Speech & Hearing Center
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  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Selected from Upper 4%)
  • One of Top Ten Outstanding Students
  • Woman of the Year

  • Sigma Delta Epsilon Graduate Women in Science Award, 1984-1985 (competitive award to promote excellence in research by women in the mathematical, physical, or biological sciences )

  • Editor's Award, Outstanding Publication, Ear and Hearing, 1983
  • Fellow, International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, 1987
  • Audiology Representative, Dedication of New Wing of ASHA Office, 1990 (along with Dr. Michael P. Gorga and Dr. Ira J. Hirsh)
  • Carhart Lecturer, American Auditory Society, 2001
  • Sursa Lecturer, Indiana University School of Medicine, 2003
  • 8th Annual James A. Moore Lecturer, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, 2008

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Committees: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1986-97
  • Visiting Speaker Program Committee, 1986-1988
  • Resident Physician Applicant Interview Committee, 1986-1997
  • Host, Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions , 1987
  • Promotions Committee, Graduate School, 1987-1991
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Interdisciplinary Relations, 1988-1989
  • Human Subjects Institutional Review Board, 1989-1997
  • Residency Selection Committee, 1991; 1993; 1995; 1996
  • Reviewer, Huffington Center on Aging, Older Americans' Independent Center, 1993
  • Standing Committee on Doctoral (Au.D.) Program in Audiology, 1994-1997
  • Promotions Committee, Medical School, 1995-1997

Selected Committees: The University of Texas at Dallas, 1997-2009
  • Search Committee, Developmental Psychology, 1998
  • University Representative, Ad Hoc Committee for Promotion to Professor (Linebarger), 1998
  • Teaching Effectiveness Committee, 1998-1999
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, 1998-1999
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Committee for Promotion to Full Professor (O'Toole), 1998-1999
  • Planning Working Group, Undergraduate Education, 1999
  • Co-Chair, Distinguished Speaker Colloquium Series, 1998-1999
  • Faculty Review Committee, 1999-2000
  • Callier Scholar Selection Committee, 1999-2000
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Granting of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor (Rollins), 1999
  • Committee on Educational Policy, 1999
  • Special Faculty Hearing Tribunal, 1999
  • Vice-chairperson, Qualifications of Academic Personnel, 1999-2001
  • Committee on Undergraduate Education, 2000-01
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Promotion to Associate Professor (Granott), 2000-01
  • University Representative, Ad Hoc Committee for Promotion to Professor (C.Reynolds), 2000-01
  • Committee on Long Term Planning, 2002-03
  • Vice-Chair, Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (IRB), 2001-02
  • Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (IRB), 2002-04
  • University Representative, Ad Hoc Committee for Promotion to Professor (P. Loizou), 2003
  • Teaching Effectiveness Committee, 2003-2004
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Committee for Promotion to Full Professor (Assmann), 2003
  • Committee on Qualifications of Academic Personnel, 2003-2005
  • Committee on Personnel and Peer Review, 2004-2005
  • Academic Senate, 2004
  • Faculty and Personnel Review Committee, 2004-2005
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Promotion to Professor (M. Underwood), 2004-2005
  • Chair, Search Committee for faculty position in Child Language, 2004-05
  • Committee/Core Team for establishment of Institute for Creativity, 2005-2006
  • Pre Health Advisory Committee, 2005-2006
  • Committee on Student Scholarships, 2005-2007
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Promotion to Professor (M. Spence), 2006-2007
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Mid-Probationary Review (C. Mills), 2007
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee 2008-2009

Dissertation Committees
  • School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas-Houston: 1988-1990 (Deborah Wilmington)
  • Audiology & Bioacoustics, Baylor College of Medicine: 1988-1994 (Karen Johnson); 1990-1994 (Henry Lew); 1991-1994 (Craig Jordan); 1993-1996 (John Allen)
  • Psychology Department, Rice University: 1997-1998 (Marcus Damian)
  • School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences, University Texas-Dallas: 1998-present (Laurie Bornstein); 1999-2000 (Karen Thierry); 1999-2000 (Gerald A. Epling); 2000-2005 (Julia Kuhn); 2000- 2001 (Rebecca Estes); 2001-2002 (Sneha Bharadwaj); 2001-2002 (Amanda Seipel); 2001-2003 (Lori Betourne); 2005- 2006 (Jeff Martin) ; 2006-2008 (Emily Whittington Touchstone); 2007- 2009 (Kristin Kuhlman Atchison); 2007- (Rebecca Horn); 2007-2008 (Jyutika Mehta)

 Additional Information
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Deafness Research Foundation Centurions
  • International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities (Fellow)
  • Psychonomic Society
  • American Academy of Audiology (Founding Member)
  • American Auditory Society
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • Armadillo - Association for Research in Memory, Attention, Decision-making, Imagery, Learning, Language, & perceptual Organization
  • American Psychological Society

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (selective & excluding papers presented)
  • New Perspectives in the Evaluation of Central Auditory Function, American Speech- Language-Hearing Association
  • Annual Convention, 1983
  Editorial Consultant.
  • Ear and Hearing
  • Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research
  • Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Journal of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
  • Journal of Acoustical Society of America
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
  • Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
  • Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
  • Journal of Memory and Language
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning,
  • Memory, & Cognition
  • Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics

  • Principal Investigator (PI): NIH-NIDCD #DC00421 - Auditory Processing in Hearing-Impaired Children, 1989-2014
  • PI: Biomedical Research Support Grant, USPHS #RR-05425 - Auditory Processing in Children with Otitis Media, 1987-1988
  • PI: Deafness Research Foundation, - Short-Term Auditory Memory in Subjects with Cochlear Prostheses, 1988-1990
  • PI: NIH-NIDCD Research Supplement for Minority Undergraduate Students, 1990-1992
  • Co-Investigator: NIH-NINCDS # 19652 - Short-Term Memory and Syntactic Deficits in Aphasia, 1987-1990

My primary academic position as of September, 1997, is Ashbel Smith Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas. I am also a Research Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-HNS, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. Previously I served as a Professor, Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston; as an Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, Rice University, Houston; as an Affiliated Professor, Center for Human Development Research, School of Medicine, University of Texas-Houston; and as an external faculty member, University of Hong Kong. My long-term research interest concerns the influence of childhood hearing impairment (HI) on development of the auditory, phonological, and semantic knowledge supporting spoken word recognition. My current research, which applies a newly developed picture naming-auditory word distractor task, is studying the nature of phonological and semantic representations, and the time course of their activation, during word processing by typically developing children and children with HI. We hypothesize that HI degrades and filters auditory input, impairing the registration of some childhood experiences in semantic memory and phonological memory. This results in 1) less well-specified phonological representation, 2) less rich semantic categorical knowledge, and 3) slower and less efficient processing. Understanding the dynamics of the speech processing system in children should lead to improved intervention strategies, expanding social, educational, and vocational opportunities for children with HI.

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