Catherine Palmer

  • Associate Professor, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, and Otolaryngology

Current Research

Catherine Palmer is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders and serves as the Director of Audiology and Hearing Aids at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center including the UPMC Children's Hospital. 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. 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. Palmer has been awarded the Editor's Award for the American Journal of Audiology, the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award SHRS, the Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring, and the PA Academy of Audiology Award for Outstanding Service. 


Selected Recent Publications

Mady LJ, Sukato DC, Fruit J, Palmer C, Raz Y, Hirsch BE, McCall AA (2017).Hearing Preservation: Does Electrode Choice Matter?Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 July 1;194599817707167. doi: 10.1177/0194599817707167. [Epub ahead of print]

Palmer CV, Mulla R, Dervin E, Coyan KC (2017). HearCare: Hearing and Communication Assistance for Resident Engagement. Semin Hear. 2017 May; 38(2): 184-197. doi:10.1055/s-0037-1601574.

Zitelli L, Palmer CV (2017). The Role of Audiology in an Outpatient Interdisciplinary Post Trauma Clinic. Semin Hear.2017 May;38(2):169-176. doi: 10.1055/s-0037-1601572.

Zitelli L, Palmer CV (2017). The Effect of Outpatient Interventional Audiology on Inpatient Audiology Services. Semin Hear. 2017 May 38 (2): 160-168. doi: 10.1055/s-0037-1601571.

Jorgensen LE, Palmer CV, Pratt S, Erickson KI, Moncrieff D (2016). The Effect of Decresead Audibilty on MMSE Performance: A Measure Commonly used for Diagnosing Dementia. J AM Acad Audiol. 2016 Apr;27 (4): 311-23. doi: 10.3766/jaaa.15006.

Palmer CV (2015). Sound Therapy- Based Treatment to Expand the Auditory Dynamic Range. Semin Hear. 2015 May;36(2):75-6. doi: 10.1055/s-0035-1546957.

Rauterkus EP, Palmer CV (2014). The Hearing Aid Effect in 2013. J Am Acad Audiol. 2014 Oct;25(9):893-903. doi: 10.3766/jaaa.25.9.10.

Byrne DC, Palmer CV (2012). Comparison of Speech Intelligibility Measures for an Electronic Amplifying Earmuff and an Identical Passive Attenuation Device. Audiol Res.2012 Feb 24;2(1):e5. doi: 10.4081/audiores.2011.e5. eCollection 2012 Jan 9.

Ortmann AJ, Palmer CV, Pratt SR (2010). Impact of Spectrally Asynchronous Delays on Consonant Voicing Perception. J Am Acad Audiol. 2010 Sep;21(8):493-511. doi: 10.3766/jaaa.21.8.2.

Palmer CV (2009). A Contemporary Review of Hearing Aids. Laryngoscope. 2009 Nov;119(11):2195-204. doi: 10.1002/lary.20690.