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Catherine Palmer, PhD

Dr. Palmer is a Professor in the Departments of Communication Science and Disorders and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as the Director of Audiology for the UPMC Integrated Health System which includes the UPMC Children's Hospital. Dr. Palmer conducts research in the areas of auditory learning post hearing aid fitting, the relationship between hearing, cognitive health and health outcomes, and matching technology to individual needs.  She has published over 100 articles and book chapters in these topic areas as well as provided over 200 national and international presentations. Dr. Palmer teaches the graduate level amplification courses at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Seminars in Hearing.  Dr. Palmer served as the President of the American Academy of Audiology in 2020 and the Past-President in 2021.

Graduate Student

Pitchulee Uayporn

Project Coordinator

Erin Gilchrist

Affiliated Researchers

AuD students


I have 33 peer reviewed publication with my PhD students and present 2-6 refereed papers/posters each year with students from my lab (AuD and PhD).

13 PhD students have graduated from my lab at this time and are listed below with their titles.

  • George Lindley, PhD, Adjunct Faculty, George Osborne School of Audiology, Salus University, Philadelphia, PA; private practice owner
  • Ye Yi, PhD, Post Doctoral Research Associate, Northeast Medical University
  • Reem Mulla, PhD, Lecturer, Health Communication Sciences Department, College of Health Rehabilitation Sciences, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrhman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Greg Genna, PhD, Research Audiologist, University College of London
  • Capt. David Byrne, PhD, Research Audiologist, NIOSH Division of Applied Research and Technology
  • Melissa Ruscetta, PhD, Audiologist and Technical Trainer, Rexton, Inc.
  • O’Neil Guthrie, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Northern Arizona
  • Amanda Ortmann, PhD, Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Education, Washington University of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
  • Min Zhang, PhD, Associate Research Fellow, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Clinical Geriatric Medicine,  Huadong Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • Elaine Mormer, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lindsey Jorgensen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of South Dakota
  • LCDR Seth Garcia, Head of the Occupational Audiology and Audiology Departments, Naval Base, Yokosuko, Japan
  • Kang, Linmin, Chicago, IL

K23 Awards – Mentor

I currently serve as a co-Mentor on Dr. Mamo’s K23 Award. I am a co-Mentor on Nick Reed’s K23 application as well.

Sara Mamo, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; NIH K-Award Mentor, K23 DC016855-01

“Speech Understanding ability and communication intervention for persons with age-related hearing loss and mild cognitive impairment or dementia”, (4/1/2018-3/31-2023, $711,000)

Nick Reed, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; NIH K-Award Mentor, K23 “The Role of hearing Loss in Health Care Outcomes” (scored 19, waiting on funding decision 2019-2024, $719,991)