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Kathy R. Vander Werff

Kathy R. Vander Werff

Kathy R. Vander Werff

Professor and Department Chair


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Research and Teaching Interests

I teach courses in diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology. My primary courses are in auditory evoked responses and cochlear implant technology for the hearing-impaired, as well as in basic instrumentation for audiologists. My research interests include using auditory evoked responses to study the neural processing of sounds in the peripheral and central auditory system in various populations, including aging adults and individuals who have experience head injury.

Research Spotlight


In the Auditory Electrophysiology Research Lab, Dr. Kathy Vander Werff and her team are focused on physiological measurement of auditory function in humans with normal and disordered systems. As clinical scientists, our interests are in exploring the underlying mechanisms of auditory perception in order to improve the diagnosis and remediation of hearing loss and auditory perceptual problems.


CSD 637 Instrumentation for Speech and Hearing

CSD 663 Auditory Evoked Potential

CSD 783 Cochlear Implants

CSD 798 Current Research in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology


University of Iowa, Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Science, 2002
University of Iowa, M.A., Audiology, 1993
Northeast Missouri State University, B.A., Communication Disorders, 1991

  • Associate Professor, Syracuse University, 2010-present
  • Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, 2004-2010
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Syracuse University, 2003-2004
National Awards for Students in Auditory Research Lab

(Nov. 28, 2016)

Members of Vander Werff lab recognized for academic excellence