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

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.

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


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

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

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