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Phone: 765-494-0158


715 Clinic Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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Jennifer Simpson

Clinical Professor, Interim Head, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Diagnostic audiological testing: Infants, Toddlers, Teenagers, and Adults
  • Hearing Aids
  • Clinical Teaching/Education

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity


Jennifer M. Simpson, Au.D., Clinical Professor, has been a clinical faculty member in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences department since April of 2002. She received her B.A. from Western Washington University in 1995, her M.A. in Audiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997, and her Doctor of Audiology (AuD) from the University of Florida in 2004. She currently serves as the Interim Head.

Dr. Simpson served as a Provost Fellow for Clinical/Professional Faculty from 2020 to 2024, support success of Clinical/Professional Faculty across campus.

Dr. Simpson provides clinical education for graduate students in the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program, while she evaluates and treats patients of all ages. She is a First Steps Provider for the State of Indiana, specializing in infant and toddler hearing evaluations and intervention. Dr. Simpson is one of the few audiologists in the greater community who have the advanced skills to diagnose hearing loss at birth and provide appropriate intervention to those children and families. She holds her Indiana state license in Audiology, is an ASHA-certified audiologist, and is active in the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD).

Her primary classroom teaching responsibilities include the weekly audiology clinical seminars and an advanced clinical online course, Integrative Audiology Grand Rounds.

Dr. Simpson is active in both the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Science Disorders (CAPCSD). She is currently the President of CAPCSD and recently served as the 2023 ASHA Convention Co-Chair.


  • AuD, 2004, Univeristy of Florida; MA, 1997, University of Colorado at Boulder; BA, 1995, Western Washington University

Current Courses

  • SLHS 67000 - Integrative Audiology Grand Rounds
  • SLHS 57900 - Audiology Practicum
  • SLHS 67900 - Audiology Advbanced Practicum

Selected Publications

  • Bharadwaj. H.M., Hustedt-Mai, A., Ginsberg, H.M., Dougherty, K.M., Muthaiah, V.P., Hagedorn, A., Simpson, J.M., Heinz, M. G. (2021). Cross-Species Experiments Reveal Widespread Cochlear Neural Damage in Normal Hearing. bioRxiv
  • Simpson, J.M. (2020). Audiology Case-Based Learning and Telepractice-An Answer to Virtual Learning in the Age of a Pandemic. ASHA Journal Academy Context Blog, Academics & Research. Invited.
  • Bharadwaj HM, Mai AR, Simpson J.M., Choi I, Heinz MG, Shinn-Cunningham BG. (2019). Non-Invasive Assays of Cochlear Synaptopathy-Candidates and Considerations. Neuroscience. S0306-4522(19)30142-3.
  • Krishnan, L.A. & Simpson, J.M. (2018). Stop the madness. Verify hearing aid fittings! Hope for the Future? Audiology Today. Vol 30. No. 6, 64-70.
  • Krishnan, L.A., Masters, C. & Simpson, J.M. (2017). Community involvement and Benefits from an International Service Learning Program. Perspectives, SIG 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Book of Great Teachers - 2023, Purdue University
  • Teaching Academy - 2023, Purdue University
  • Special Contributions in Higher Education - 2022, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Teaching Leadership Award Fellow - 2023+, Purdue University-Teaching Academy and CIE
  • Helen B. Schleman Award - 2022 Purdue University-Mortar Board
  • Excellence in Course Design and Teaching (co-award) - 2020, Purdue Online Teaching
  • Distinguished Fellow of Practice (Audiology) - 2019, National Academies of Practice
  • Fellow - 2014, American Speech-Language-Hearing Assoication

Selected Grants

  • Co-Investigator, Individualized assays of supra-threshold hearing deficits (1R01DC015989-01), Principal Investigator: Hari Bharadwaj. period: 03/2017- 02/2022. $1,250,000 TDC.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, VA Affiliation Partnership Council, Indiana
  • ASHA Convention Co-Chair 2023
  • CAPCSD President