Dr. Cynthia R. Hunter , Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Dept. of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders
Assistant Professor
Ph.D.
Primary office:
785-864-6431
Dole Human Development Center
Room 3029
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555
Second office:
Haworth Hall
Room 4152



Summary

Cynthia Hunter is an Assistant Professor who joined the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders in 2018. She earned her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2016 and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Indiana University and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute before coming to the University of Kansas.

Dr. Hunter’s research focuses on the neural and cognitive factors that allow individuals with and without hearing loss to understand speech in adverse listening conditions. Her work has been published in national and international journals including the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Ear and Hearing, Neuropsychologia, and Brain and Language. She is the director of the Speech Perception, Cognition, and Hearing Lab. She also teaches courses in the physics of speech and hearing science.

Education

Ph.D., Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo

M.A., Psychology/Psychoacoustics, University of Minnesota — Twin Cities

B.A., Psychology/English, University of California at Berkeley

Teaching

  • Physics of Speech
  • Hearing Science
  • Speech Perception
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychoacoustics

Research

Dr. Hunter studies the neural and cognitive processes that support speech perception in noisy environments and among people who have hearing loss. She uses electrophysiological (EEG/ERP) and behavioral methods in young and elderly participants with and without hearing loss to investigate how listeners understand speech in adverse listening conditions.

Research Interests

  • Speech percepttion
  • Cognitive demands of speech comprehension
  • Relation of hearling loss and cognition
  • Auditory and cognitive neuroscience
  • Aging
  • Language development

News and events

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders 2020 Graduate Commemoration link to go live May 30, 2020 @1:00 PM

Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders 2020 Graduate Commemoration link to go live May 30, 2020 @1:00 PM

MA student Alondra Del Real received an honorable mention for Therapy Insight's Essay Contest. Her essay was titled "The Lack of Diversity in the Field of Speech-Language Pathology." 

Emily Sonsthagen presented a Poster in the 23rd Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 25, 2020

Emily Sonsthagen received an Outstanding Presentation Award!

Suma Suswaram to be awarded the KU Tradition of Excellence Award on Saturday, April 18, 2020

SPLH UG students selected as University Scholars: Sophie Moore and Michaela Russ 

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 16, 2020

In person Graduation Recognition Ceremony 2020 is cancelled due to Covid 19.  Two virtual ceremony Power Point Movies are in progress.  Completion to be announced.

Suma Suswaram is International Leader of the week (2/24/2020).  Congrats Suma!

News from Ana Paula G. Mumy, M.S., CCC-SLP February 2020

KU Student Equity & Inclusion WorkgroupKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroup Fall 2019 Newsletter

CoKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroupngratulations to our December 2019 Graduates: Elyse T. Adame, Gabriella A. Araiza, Hannah Grace Harrison, Ezra S. Kaiser, Romaric A. Keuwo, Rebecca Grace McGuinness, Margaret Ann Olson, Allison G. Peterka, Hally Allena Ricklefs, Carrie Michelle Riseling, Gabrielle K. Rosenwald, Lindsay Nicole Thomas.

Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP (center) was recently an invited speaker at the Brazilian Stuttering Association “AbraGagueira” conference. She is pictured with its current president (left) and its founder/director (right).  A large group attended the documentary film showing, "When I Stutter", which is the film Ana Paula translated with the AbraGagueira founder.

Corinne Walker, a Ph.D. student in SPLH received the 2019 ASHA foundation Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development

SPLH student Haleyanna Schippers- one of 10 undergraduate students to receive undergraduate research awards this fall.

Bridget Rennard is featured on page 18 of KU Giving magazine's Fall 2019 edition.

SPLH student Bridget Rennard is one of 7 KU students, graduates to win Fulbright awards 

Steven F. Warren, Ph.D. has been named the 2019 Distinguished Alumni by the Applied Behavioral Sciences department.

IPCD students, Ivarene Hurtado (MA-SLP) and Suma Suswaram (PhD), have been selected for ASHA’s Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) Class of 2019

Joshuaa Allison-Burbank is recognized by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development: as a 2019 Native American 40 under 40 award recipient.

Ana Paula Mumy along with Brazilian SLP Daniela Zackiewicz just completed translation of the film, "When I Stutter" in Portuguese, and it will be debuted at the "Abra Gagueira" conference this October, which is the Brazilian association for persons who stutter.  Ana Paula is an invited speaker at the conference and will be hosting the very first screening of the film in Portuguese!

Bachelor’s Degrees in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies, KU Edwards Campus

Congratulations to Russell Johnston, Ph.D., Kristen Muller, Ph.D., and Kevin Pitt, Ph.D. for successfulling defending their dissertations this summer! 

Congratulations to Tiffany P. Hogan, Speech Language Pathology PhD alum, ASHA Fellowship of the Assiciation 2019 Award recipient.

Suzanne Adlof, one of our Speech Language Pathology MA/PhD alums now in South Carolina, received the presidential early career award in science/engineering.

Congratulations to Mindy Bridges, Assistant Professor, on receiving the School of Health Professions (SHP) Research Grant for her proposal: The Development of Language-Intensive Professional Development Modules for Prekindergarten Teachers.

Abby Enneking, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be 1 of 2 students from Kansas to receive the Sertoma International Award.

Frank Kim, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be the recipient of the SHP Dean's Diversity Scholarship.

Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.

STUDENTS (Bridget Rennard and Anna Schaue) TO PRESENT AT KANSAS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY AT THE CAPITOL

Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

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