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Dr. Schafer joined the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology faculty at UNT in 2005 and is currently a Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in Audiology. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2005. Her research programs on the assessment and (re)habilitation of adults and children with hearing loss and auditory disorders have produced over 60 peer-reviewed publications, four textbooks, national and international podium presentations at conferences, and external grants and gifts. Her current research projects focus on the use of remote-microphone technology and auditory training to improve auditory function in individuals with hearing aids or cochlear as well as those who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (https://aslp.hps.unt.edu/Innovative-Auditory-Processing-Study) In 2016, she received a $379,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to fund her work with children and young adults with ASD. She is the Editor of Audiology Today, past President and Journal Editor for the Educational Audiology Association, and board member for the Auditory Implant Initiative. Dr. Schafer was awarded the 2017 UNT Office of Research and Innovation Teacher Scholar Award and the 2013 Cheryl Deconde Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Educational and Pediatric Audiology.
More information about Dr. Schafer can be found in the Faculty Information System.