BA, Speech and Hearing Sciences, 1991, Indiana University
MS, Audiology, 1993, Purdue University
PhD, Audiology, 2000, University of Cincinnati
What unique perspective do you currently have that will enhance the Academy board?
I believe that an organization succeeds only by listening to and respecting its members. I want to be a part audiology’s future and of the changes our profession deserves. The most efficient and effective route to support audiology and its members is by having dedicated, compassionate people serve, who have been given the privilege to invoke the changes we as a membership are asking for.
I am a very committed person, whether it be to my family, my friends, my colleagues, or my work. As a representative of our Academy and the profession of audiology, I will be even more committed to listen and do what is best for us, the members. I am a skilled communicator and I understand intuitively how to read a room and ensure I am delivering information that is pertinent to the listeners. I will communicate with every person and every organization as necessary to ensure the Academy’s and your point of view are conveyed in a fair and timely manner. I am eager to continue to build relationships with all audiologists to ensure that every voice is heard and respected, while promoting our profession and ensuring our future.
Rebekah F. Cunningham, PhD, is an educational audiologist and consultant for the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education at the Indiana Department of Health. She is also 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/mentoring audiology students, providing services or overseeing programs responsible for ensuring timely and appropriate evaluations and follow up for children who are deaf/hard of hearing.
She 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. Dr. Cunningham has served for more than 25 years on committees and task forces for local and national audiology organizations. She is currently an associate editor for Audiology Today (AT) 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.