James Jerger Biography
James Jerger is the distinguished scholar-in-residence in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. Following the completion of his PhD degree in audiology at Northwestern University in 1954, Jerger served for seven years as an audiology faculty member at Northwestern.
After a two-year period at Gallaudet College in Washington, DC, he assumed the position of director of research at the Houston Speech and Hearing Center. In 1968 he joined the faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston’s Texas Medical Center. There he directed the Audiology and Speech Pathology services of the Methodist Hospital. Jerger joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in 1997.
His current research interests focus on auditory processing disorders in both children and elderly persons. He recently established the Texas Auditory Processing Disorder Laboratory at UTD. He teaches audiology students at the UTD Callier Center for Communication Disorders and supervises doctoral students in the applied cognition and neuroscience program of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
Jerger was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research (JSHR) from 1963 to 1970 and served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA) from its inception in 1989 until 2011. He is the author or coauthor of over 300 publications in audiology. Jerger is one of the founding fathers of the American Academy of Audiology and served as its first president in 1989.