Kathy Vander Werff

Associate Professor of Communications Sciences and Disorders, College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute
Research Faculty, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Curriculum Vitae
PhD, Speech and Hearing Science, University of Iowa, 2002
M.A., Audiology, University of Iowa, 1993
B.A., Communication Disorders, Northeast Missouri State University, 1991
Auditory evoked potentials, neural processing of speech and noise, changes in central auditory processing in individuals due to hearing loss, aging, and traumatic brain injury


Kathy Vander Werff is an Associate Professor of Audiology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She primarily teaches in the graduate Doctor of Audiology program in the areas of instrumentation, cochlear implants, research methods, and auditory evoked potentials.  Dr. Vander Werff has been actively engaged in research in diagnostic audiology and applications of behavioral and electrophysiological measures to better understand difficulties in hearing and understanding speech for the past 10 years. She is currently the principle investigator on an NIH funded project over the last few years examining central auditory processing in individuals with long-term symptoms due to mild traumatic brain injury and is actively involved in a TBI Working Group comprised of researchers on the neighboring campuses of Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University and the Syracuse VAMC.  In addition to the traumatically damaged auditory system, her research interests include investigating the aging central auditory system using neural responses recorded from the brainstem and central auditory system to better understand how auditory processing abilities change in the aging brain for individuals with and without hearing loss.