Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano Receives the AAA Jerger Career Award for Research

The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) announced that Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Ph.D., received the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology.  She will be honored at the Academy Honors and Awards Banquet in April during the Audiology NOW! Conference to be held in Anaheim, CA.

The Jerger Award "is given to a senior level audiologist with a distinguished career in audiology. Candidates must be members of the Academy, have at least 25 years of research productivity in audiology, as well as have made significant contributions to the practice and/or teaching of audiology."  

According the their website, "The AAA was founded in January of 1988 when a group of audiology leaders met at the invitation of Dr. James Jerger at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. The purpose of the study group was to establish an independent, freestanding national organization run by and for audiologists."

As of Fall 2012, Christie is serving as interim Chair of SLHS while Dr. Gail Ramsberger is on sabbatical leave. In addition to her Professorship in Audiology at SLHS, Christie also serves the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Center for Neurosciences at CU. She also teaches at the Dept. of Otolaryngology & Audiology at the CU-Denver campus and is involved in research at the Marion Downs Center. Her current special projects include working in early screening and intervention for children with autism and deafness and working with audiology students on infant speech discrimination.  

Over the last 20 years, Christie has focused on the impact of early-identification and intervention on children with significant hearing loss. She was the first to demonstrate through research that early intervention with infants who had hearing loss as a single disability, resulted in an 80% success rate for maintaining age-appropriate language development and intelligible speech in the first five years of life. As a result of this research, universal newborn hearing screening programs were implemented in all 50 states and in many countries throughout the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, Poland, and Brazil. Amazing work from a colleague of whom we can be proud! See a full list of current SLHS faculty.