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New Communication Sciences & Disorders Department Chair

Dr. Vishakha Rawool brings rich clinical expertise, research background to Communication Sciences and Disorders in Applied Sciences

The School of Applied Sciences recently welcomed Dr. Vishakha Rawool as the new Department Chair for Communication Sciences and Disorders, beginning her tenure at the University of Mississippi on June 1.

“With 45 years of experience in audiology and speech-language pathology, Rawool has extensive clinical experience in providing comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitative audiological services and overseeing graduate students in clinical practicum,” said Teresa Carithers, interim dean for Applied Sciences.

Chief among her areas of research expertise are audiology, speech processing, hearing disorders, hearing loss, audiometry and psychoacoustics.

Rawool comes to UM from West Virginia University, where she was a tenured professor, director of graduate study in audiology and director of the Audiology Research Laboratory.

Prior to her work at West Virgina, Rawool served in tenured professor roles in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Southwest Missouri State University and the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at Bloomberg University.

Rawool attained her Master of Arts in speech-language pathology from the University of Texas at El Paso and her Ph.D at Purdue University, where she began her research focus on audiology and hearing sciences.

Rawool serves on the international editorial review board for the Journal of Audiology and Otology and has served as a peer reviewer for more than a dozen journals, including the American Journal of Audiology, the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, Audiology Research and Health Education Research.

Beyond her regular contributions to journals within her discipline, Rawool has authored two textbooks titled “Hearing Conservation in Occupational, Recreational, Educational, and Home Settings” and “Auditory Processing Deficits: Assessment and Intervention.”

As the president of the Scholarship Foundation of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) and program chair of their annual convention, Rawool has substantive administrative experience.

“Dr. Rawool brings with her a rich history of mentorship and scholarship. She is respected internationally for her contributions to the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She will be an incredible addition to this thriving department, and I look forward to even greater productivity under her charge,” said Carithers.

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