Catherine Palmer, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. She serves as the director of the AuD program at the University and as the director of audiology for the UPMC Integrated Health System including the UPMC Children’s Hospital.

In these capacities she teaches graduate-level amplification and practice management courses and supervises students in direct patient care. Dr. Palmer mentors PhD students and conducts research in the areas of auditory learning post hearing aid fitting; the relationship among hearing, cognitive health, and health outcomes; and matching technology to individual needs.

She has published over 90 articles and book chapters in these topic areas as well as provided over 100 national and international presentations. Dr. Palmer is the editor-in-chief of Seminars in Hearing (Thieme) and is a consultant to the National Board of Medical Examiners for hearing related accommodations.