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Fundamentals of Audiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist

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Deborah Welling is an associate professor and director of clinical education in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Seton Hall University. Dr. Welling earned her bachelor of arts degree in communication arts and sciences from Hofstra University; her master’s degree in audiology from Queens College of the City University of New York; and her doctoral degree in audiology from the University of Florida. Dr. Welling is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing (ASHA) association; a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA); and is a member of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA), for whom she has served as Vice-Chair of the Higher Education Committee. Prior to her role as an associate professor and director of clinical education, Dr. Welling spent many years in direct clinical service provision and supervision; with extensive experience in the behavioral assessment of the very young and difficult to test populations. It was during this time period that she met her co-author Carol Ukstins. Dr. Welling has also had extensive involvement with interdisciplinary screening and evaluation processes in the early intervention, preschool and school-aged populations, with an emphasis on (central) auditory processing assessment. Since joining the faculty at Seton Hall University, Dr. Welling has been teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses that cover anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, fundamentals of sound (acoustics), basic and advanced audiologic measurement and interpretation, and aural habilitation and rehabilitation. In addition, Dr. Welling provides clinical and academic advising and mentoring for undergraduate and graduate level students. Carol Ukstins is an educational audiologist who is currently serving as the Auditory Impairments Program Specialist for The Newark Public Schools, the largest school system in the State of New Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Worcester State College, Worcester, MA (1987), a master’s degree in audiology from Syracuse University, Syracuse NY (1989), and advanced certification in assistive technology (2010). Mrs. Ukstins is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing (ASHA) association; a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). With 20 + years of experience in audiology, she has worked in hospital and community health care centers. Alongside her co-author, Deborah Welling, she has worked extensively with a wide range of difficult-to-test populations including the very young and those with multiple disabilities. Ms. Ukstins currently works in the public school sector with Deaf and hard of hearing students, providing support throughout the district to students with both hearing impairment and central auditory processing deficits. The parent of two hearing impaired children herself, she speaks with both professional and personal knowledge on the impact of hearing loss.

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