2013 Academy Honors Recipients

2013 Academy Honors Recipients

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, PhDJerger Career Award for Research in Audiology

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, PhD

Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano is a professor of Audiology in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Institute of Cognitive Science, Center for Neurosciences, University of Colorado at Boulder; Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology, University of Colorado at Denver; and the Marion Downs Hearing Center. She is a world leader in research and, for 30 years, has been studying language, speech, and social-emotional development of deaf and hard-of-hearing infants and children. Read more…


James R. CurranSamuel F. Lybarger Award for Achievements in Industry

James R. Curran, MS

Curran has a masters of science degree in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Audiology from 1991 to 1995 and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Auditory Society from 1989 to 1995. He has been membership chair for the American Academy of Audiology from 1993 to 1995, and a founding member of the Minnesota Academy of Audiology. He was one of the first audiologists to dispense hearing aids, opening his private practice dispensing office in 1967. He was also one of the first of a group of pioneering audiologists to be employed in the hearing aid industry, beginning in 1970 with the primary goal of educating and training hearing aid dispensing professionals. Read more…


Cathy Henderson JonesHumanitarian Award

Cathy Henderson Jones, MS

Cathy Henderson Jones has been impacting industry and serving persons with hearing impairment for over 30 years. She has leveraged her positions of influence to implement strategies and programs to help those in need, having the heart of a servant to the underprivileged. Her giving attitude has extended beyond the hearing impaired and reached programs that serve the hungry, homeless and less-resourced of the world. Read more…


Louise Hickson, PhDInternational Award in Hearing

Louise Hickson, PhD

Dr. Hickson has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the lives of hearing-impaired individuals and their families, to our scientific knowledge, and to the future careers of her many postgraduate students who have benefited from her guidance and mentoring. Her work is cross-disciplinary, bridging the gaps between clinical practice and research, between audiology and other health sciences, between technology and the user, and between quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Read more…


Don Henderson, PhDCareer Award in Hearing or Balance

Don Henderson, PhD

Though formally educated in sensory psychology and not audiology, Donald (Don) Henderson, PhD, has earned a great deal of respect and admiration from many audiologists due to significant contributions through his pioneering work in basic and applied research for audiology and hearing science. If one were to look through his vitae, there would be abundant evidence of his productive quest to reduce the impact of hearing loss. Read more…


Laura Ann Wilber, PhDDistinguished Achievement Award

Laura Ann Wilber, PhD

For five decades, Laura Ann Wilber, PhD, has contributed to every aspect of the profession of audiology. Her early research, begun at Northwestern University with Raymond Carhart, built on the developing scientific foundation of our fledgling discipline. At the time, standards and procedures in diagnostic audiology were just being developed, borrowing from older disciplines like acoustics and psychophysics. Dr. Wilber was one of the first to apply this knowledge to the clinical evaluation of hearing. Her background as a teacher of the hearing impaired and speech pathologist provided a clinical perspective that guided her work toward relevant issues. Read more...