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.
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
- Physics of Speech
- Hearing Science
- Speech Perception
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.
- Speech percepttion
- Cognitive demands of speech comprehension
- Relation of hearling loss and cognition
- Auditory and cognitive neuroscience
- Language development