Dr. Zitelli completed her AuD externship in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). After graduation, she started her clinical career at this same location working her way up from audiologist to audiology manager.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Zitelli serves as a clinical preceptor within the Department of Otolaryngology at the UPMC, as a lab instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh, and as a research audiologist at the Pittsburgh Hearing Research Center.

She has garnered a reputation for her expertise in the areas of tinnitus, suicide awareness and prevention, telehealth applications, and interventional audiology. Three of her contributions to Audiology Online—webinars on tinnitus and suicide awareness, in addition to a recent article about remote hearing aid programming—were selected as a top selection by the editors. In addition to her webinars and presentations at professional conferences, she has authored 14 publications and three book chapters. She also served as a guest editor for an issue of Seminars in Hearing, focused on telehealth in audiology.

Dr. Zitelli was a selected participant of the 2018 Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference and has been an active member in the American Academy of Audiology (the Academy). She has held multiple volunteer roles, to include serving on the AAA Annual Conference Program Committee, the Student Academy of Audiology Advisory Committee, the Academy Membership Committee, and contributing to the organization’s recent telehealth position statement. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Audiology Foundation.

The Academy is pleased to bestow its 2022 Early-Career Audiologist Award upon Dr. Lori Zitelli in recognition of her significant contributions to audiology.