President-Elect Nominee Video

Each nominee was asked the following question: Please comment on how the Academy’s objectives proactively position audiology for a successful future AND how will you personally contribute to achieving that vision.

Closed captioning is available.

Why are you interested in serving on the Academy board?

I want to be a bigger part of audiology’s future—the changes we are seeing, those to come, and those we deserve. I believe as a profession we must affect change and adapt to what we cannot control. I believe in seeking opportunity amid upheaval. I am dedicated, compassionate, and an out-of-the-box thinker who wants to represent us, the members. I am ready to try to engage us to make sure we are ready, we are heard, and we thrive. Together is the only way we will see the best outcomes for our profession and the patients and families we serve.


Rebekah F. Cunningham, PhD, is an educational audiologist for the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education at the Indiana Department of Health. She also is an adjunct associate professor at A.T. Still University, teaching both online and on campus. Her professional experiences include academia, hospitals, preschools and elementary schools, industry, and neurotology offices.

Dr. Cunningham’s passion has always been pediatric-focused, and she has shared this passion while teaching and mentoring audiology students, providing services and leading programs responsible for ensuring timely and appropriate evaluations and follow-up for children who are Deaf/hard of hearing.

Dr. Cunningham has created and taught courses on auditory evoked potentials, otoacoustic emissions, pediatric audiology (including early hearing detection and intervention and educational audiology), cochlear implants, and auditory processing disorders. She has served for more than 25 years on committees and task forces for local and national audiology organizations and is currently an associate editor for the Academy’s flagship magazine, Audiology Today (AT). She also has been a subject-matter expert and reviewer for nearly a decade for the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology and sits on the editorial board for The Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (JEHDI).

In addition to teaching for nearly 20 years, Dr. Cunningham has presented and published on the topics of assessment and management of children with hearing loss and/or auditory processing difficulties.