Dr. Schafer received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas Woman's University and her M.S. in Audiology from The University of Texas at Dallas. In 2005, she received her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from The University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to her position at UNT, Dr. Schafer worked as an educational audiologist and consultant in public school districts. Her research interests are in the areas of speech perception, cochlear implants, hearing aids, and assistive devices.