- BSW: Social Work, 1999, Wayne State University
- MSW: Social Work, 2000, Wayne State University
- AuD: Audiology, 2008, Wayne State University
- PhD: Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2012, Wayne State University
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For the sake of the patients we serve, I believe that as a member of a health-care profession, it is my inherent obligation to contribute to its future. As the organization “of, by, and for audiologists,” the Academy is the most effective vehicle we have for achieving our professional goals.
The American Academy of Audiology is the true home of the hearts and minds of the vast majority of audiologists in the United States. As the professional home for audiology, the Academy Board of Directors carries the demanding, but rewarding, responsibility of serving the needs of a group of professionals with highly diverse practice settings, professional needs, and patient populations.
In addition, the membership of our organization will continue to evolve to more substantially include audiologists of greater individual diversity. Fittingly, the Academy goals for 2021 fall under the umbrella of “accessibility.” Having served on the Academy Board, I understand the challenges inherent in advocating for the requirements of all of our members and their patients. It is a monumental task. However, I believe that we are entering an era of maturity as a profession, for which we have been well-prepared by our predecessors to meet the needs of all of our members. To this end, I am eager to ensure that our newer professional members, with their vitality, skill, and passion, have a clear pathway to continue the work on behalf of the profession. We are stronger together, and the engagement of all members is the foundation of this strength.
About Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD
Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD, is an educational and training specialist at Oticon, Inc. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at Wayne State University and Western Michigan University where she teaches courses in amplification.
Dr. Ramachandran began her career in the field of social work. After changing course to audiology, she became a senior staff audiologist and the research coordinator for the Division of Audiology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, as well as the clinical educational coordinator for the AuD program at Wayne State University.
Dr. Ramachandran is a past president of the Michigan Academy of Audiology and has served on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education. She also has served the American Academy of Audiology in many roles, including as a member-at-large on the Board of Directors.
Her clinical and research interests have been diverse, but she has a particular interest in student and professional issues. She has conducted numerous state, national, and international presentations and has authored many articles, books, and book chapters. She has served as an ad hoc editor for several academic journals and serves on the editorial board of Plural Publishing, Inc.
Dr. Ramachandran received her BSW, MSW, AuD, and PhD from Wayne State University. She received a certificate in Instructional Systems Development from University of Maryland – Baltimore County. She is currently completing her certificate program in Animal Audiology at the University of Northern Colorado. She is a Certificate Holder – Audiology Preceptor from the American Board of Audiology.