Patrick M. Feeney initiated his academic career in 1971 at Kent State University. He went on to study at the master’s level at Washington State University. Ultimately, after serving a number of years as a clinical audiologist, he earned a PhD at the University of Washington in 1993. His illustrious career spans more than 30 years and is highlighted by a record of excellence and leadership in teaching, scholarship, and professional service and clinical service provision. He was a faculty member at Ohio University, the Ohio State University, and the University of Washington before taking his current position in 2011 as director of the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. He is also a professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Neurology at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Feeney is a highly respected scholar who has received numerous and prestigious grants/awards from federal, state, and local agencies. His research has focused on peripheral and central auditory function in children, adults, and veterans. He is also an active volunteer in professional organizations having served as the 2008-2009 president of the American Academy of Audiology.
In total, Dr. Feeney’s research has resulted in more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 11 chapters in seminal texts for the profession of audiology, and more than 50 published abstracts. More important than these remarkable achievements are Dr. Feeney’s dedication to the profession of audiology and to the patients served by our profession. Dr. Feeney mentored and assisted other hearing professionals in developing their own unique lines of academic research and has dedicated a large portion of his significant talent to educating hearing health-care professionals to improve quality of care. His nominator, Tina Penman, AuD, said, “I cannot think of anyone more [deserving] than Dr. Feeney to receive the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology.”