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Phone: 765-494-0402


Lyles-Porter Hall, 715 Clinic Drive
Office 2162
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

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Melissa Newell

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Advisor for the Purdue Student Academy of Audiology

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatric/infant diagnostics and hearing aid services
  • Adult diagnostics and hearing aid services
  • Auditory Evoked Potentials
  • Vestibular assessments
  • Clinical supervision and teaching

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity


Melissa D. Newell, Au.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, has been a clinical instructor and clinical faculty member in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences department since August 2015.  She received her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 1994 and an M.A. in Audiology in 1996, both from Indiana University.  Her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree was awarded from the University of Florida in 2005.  Dr. Newell holds a certificate of clinical competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, professional licensure from the State of Indiana, and is a First Steps Provider.  She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, currently serving as the faculty advisor for the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Purdue chapter.  She is the course instructor for “Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation”.

Previous work experience has been in a hospital atmosphere, providing diagnostic assessments and rehabilitation for all age ranges, including infants and geriatric patients.  She performed audiological care in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for many years, working with critically ill infants who were at high risk for developing hearing loss.  Dr. Newell’s experience includes advanced vestibular assessment and collaboration with rehabilitation providers.  She currently supervises and teaches first and second-year Au.D. students in the Purdue Audiology Clinic.


  • AuD, 2005, University of Florida; M.A., 1996, Indiana University; B.A., 1994, Indiana University


Current Courses

  • SLHS 51900 - Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences--Ruth and MD Steer Outstanding Teacher Award - 2017, 2018, 2021

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology; American Speech, Language and Hearing Association member; member of Vestibular Disorders Association; member of the American Balance Society; member of the Indiana Speech Language and Hearing Association