Dr. Cynthia R. Hunter , Ph.D.

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


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
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychoacoustics


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

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 18, 2019


Dr. Julie Washington is coming as the invited speaker on February 11, 2019: The Annual Betty H. Bunce Multicultural Lecture 

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.

SPLH Professor, Holly Storkel, has been selected as Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Student Success

SPLH Acting Chair, Nancy Brady, has been promoted to Professor by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod - Chancellor announces faculty awarded promotion and tenure for 2018

Three students received Undergraduate Research Awards for SPLH projects in the Spring 2018 semester!  Congratulations to Grace Carlson (mentored by Navin Viswanathan), Beth Fentress (mentored by Holly Storkel) and Bri Marsh (mentored by Jon Brumberg).

Ana PaulMumy's TEDxKU talk- Placing Value on Human Imperfection

Holly Storkel and Navin Viswanathan receive Friends of the Life Span Institute Investigator Awards in 2017

McKenzie Butcher is one of 13 students to receive Undergraduate Research Awards in fall 2017

Kate DeJarnette, a student in KU’s speech-language pathology program, walks us through why she chose to study augmentative and alternative communication.

Explore a degree in audiology or speech-language pathology at the University of Kansas

"The Impact of Parenting on Fragile X Syndrome" in "Research Features", UK online science magazine, featuring research by Steven F. Warren and Nancy C.Brady

KU to present University Scholarly Achievement Award to Nancy Brady on April 10, 2017

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