• Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Research Summary

Research in the Auditory Processing and Pediatric Listening (APPL) Lab combines basic auditory and clinical science to improve outcomes for school-age children with hearing loss. We study how children develop the ability to listen in complex acoustic environments (e.g., classrooms), including how children allocate their cognitive resources while listening. We seek to learn how hearing loss and assistive technology (e.g., hearing aids, remote mic systems) influence the success of this process.


  • B.S., Speech and Hearing Sciences, Arizona State University
  • Au.D., Doctor of Audiology, Arizona State University
  • Ph.D., Hearing Science, Vanderbilt University. Project: Cortical Associates of Speech-in-Noise Perception from Childhood to Adulthood


Samantha Gustafson, AuD, PhD, CCC-A is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. As the newest member of the audiology research faculty, she arrived at the U in August of 2019. Dr. Gustafson has specialized clinical training in pediatrics and in working with children who have hearing loss along with other healthcare needs. Dr. Gustafson’s research uses a variety of research methods – including behavioral responses and cortical-evoked potentials – to enrich our understanding of typical auditory development in the school-age population, to describe how childhood hearing loss influences this development, and to evaluate the role of hearing assistive technology in mitigating challenges caused by hearing loss.