Academic Faculty


Jill Preminger, Ph.D.

 Email: jeprem01@louisville.edu
Division Chief of Communicative Disorders

Program Director for Audiology

Dr. Preminger received her master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Wisconsin in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Audiology from the University of Minnesota in 1993. She has been on the faculty in the Program of Audiology at the University of Louisville since 1998. She teaches courses in the areas of: Acoustics, Speech Acoustics, Research Methods, Gerontology, Genetics, and Educational Audiology. Dr. Preminger coordinates the curriculum and the student research program for the Program in Audiology.

Dr Preminger has an active clinical research program which is focused on adult audiologic rehabilitation. Her current research focuses on the impact of hearing loss on significant others. She is also working on investigating methods to improve follow-up following adult hearing screening. Dr. Preminger has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

Dr. Preminger is a past president of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, she is an Assistant Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology and she is associate editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.  Dr. Jill Preminger CV [PDF]

Lynzee Alworth, Ph.D.

 Email: lnalwo01@louisville.edu
Assistant Professor of Audiology

Lynzee Alworth, Ph.D. joined the faculty at the University of Louisville in October of 2010 and is a recent graduate of the University of Tennesse were she obtained her degree in Speech and Hearing Science with a concentration in Audiology.  While completing her degree she also completed an Alexander Graham Bell Cochlear Implant Fellowship in 2010; one of nine nationwide.  Dr. Alworth currently divides her time at the University of Louisville between clinical practice, teaching, and research.  Dr. Alworth is responsible for teaching:  Cochlear Implants, Pediatric Audiology, Pathologies, Medical Audiology, and Clinical Report Writing.  Currently, she has several research projects underway and research interests include cochlear implants, spatial hearing, and hearing aids.  Clinically, Dr. Alworth divides her time between two of the University Hearing and Balance locations as well as Kosair Children's Hospital. For more information, please visit Dr. Alworth's website at: http://lnalwo01.wix.com/dr-alworths-corner

Jeffrey Weihing, Ph.D.

 Email: jaweih02@louisville.edu
Assistant Professor of Audiology

Dr. Jeffrey received his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Audiology from the University of Connecticut, where he specialized in electrophysiology, vestibular assessment, and the diagnosis and treatment of (central) auditory processing disorder.  He currently provides clinical services and is an instructor in the Au.D. program at the University of Louisville.  His research interests include generation of more sensitive measures of hearing in noise ability, identifying neurologic bases for auditory processing disorder in children, establishing efficacious treatments for auditory processing disorders, and using electrophysiological measures to predict outcomes in hearing aid fittings.

David R. Cunningham, Ph.D.

Email: drcunn01@louisville.edu

Dr. Cunningham received his Ph.D. in Audiology in 1972 from the University of Kansas. He held faculty positions at the University of Kansas, University of Missouri and the University of Rochester prior to becoming Director of the Division of Communicative Disorders, Department of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1977. Dr. Cunningham is the founder and co-director of University Audiology Associates, a faculty-owned private practice which supports the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) Program at the University of Louisville. For nearly twenty years, he was Director of the WHAS Crusade for Children Audiology and Speech Pathology Center at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Dr. Cunningham's principle interest is in the area of adult amplification and auditory rehabilitation. His research, teaching and patient care activities focus on these aspects of audiologic practice. Dr. Cunningham co-founded "Hear Care Associates", a dispensing office which serves as a training site for the program's Au.D. students. Dr. Cunningham also teaches coursework and has published in the area of practice management. Dr. Cunningham has over one-hundred publications and specific presentations. (Full CV [PDF])

George O. Purvis, Ph.D.

 Email: george.purvis@med.va.gov
Chief, Audiology and Speech Pathology, V. A.

Dr. Purvis is Chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at the V. A. Medical Center in Louisville as well as Chief of Audiology at Ireland Army Community Hospital , Ft. Knox , Kentucky and Tricare Audiology Clinic at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base, Louisville , Kentucky . His main clinical interests are in the area of diagnostic assessment of the auditory and vestibular system, hearing conservation and professional issues. Dr. Purvis has served as Chair of both the Kentucky and California Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology licensure boards. He has served on numerous ASHA boards and committees and is currently serving Coordinator of the Audiology and Hearing Science Assembly of the ASHA Legislative Council. Dr. George Purvis CV [PDF]

John Greer Clark, Ph.D.

 Email: clarkj6@UCMAIL.UC.EDU
Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

John Greer Clark, Ph.D., holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Louisville, is an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati and president of Clark Audiology, LLC, a private practice in Middletown, OH.   A past Chair of the American Board of Audiology and a past President of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, he has authored, co-authored or co-edited a number of textbooks and articles on hearing loss and hearing help. His primary research interests are adult audiologic rehabilitation, hearing loss management counseling, and animal audiology.

Tom Thunder, Ph.D.

 Email: t.thunder@comcast.net

Tom Thunder is both an audiologist and an acoustical engineer. After obtaining his masters degree in audiology, he completed post-graduate training in acoustics at the Illinois Institute of Technology and later obtained his doctoral degree from Salus University.  Tom is board certified by the American Board of Audiology and the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. As an adjunct faculty member at Northern Illinois University and Rush University, Tom teaches courses in acoustics, psychoacoustics, audiological assessment, and hearing conservation.

Several years ago, Tom sold his hearing aid dispensing practice of 16 years in order to focus on academic teaching, conducting seminars, and providing forensic consulting services. Tom is a member of the AAA, the National Hearing Conservation Association, and the Acoustical Society of America. He is a past-president of the Chicago Chapter or the Acoustical Society of American and the Illinois Academy of Audiology. He has served as the chairman of the audiology recruitment committee for AAA and as a trustee for the American Academy of Audiology Foundation.

Pavel Zahorik, Ph.D.

 Email: p0zaha01@louisville.edu
Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Louisville

Dr. Zahorik's research interests are in auditory perception generally, with a focus in sound localization and spatial hearing.  Specific areas of interest include: the perception of sound source distance, the contributions of echoes and reverberation to percepts of source direction and distance, and the effects of adaptation, training, and input from other sensory modalities on spatial hearing.  Research in his laboratory relies heavily on auditory display technology that effectively simulates a "virtual" auditory space (VAS) using information about the acoustical characteristics of listeners' external ears and the environment.  This technology not only enables the precise study of psychophysical relationships between the acoustic signals present at the two ears and human spatial hearing abilities, but also allows for simulations and scientifically relevant signal manipulations that would be impossible in real listening situations.  Current projects and collaborations in the lab capitalize on these advantages of VAS technology.

Anne Rothpletz, Ph.D.

Clinical Faculty

Barbara Eisenmenger, Au.D.

 Email: baeise01@louisville.edu
Clinical Audiologist

Dr. Eisenmenger received her master's degree in audiology from Purdue University in 1977, her MBA from University of Louisville in 1988, and her Au.D. degree from University of Louisville in 2003.  She has been with University of Louisville/University Audiology Associates since 1980.  She currently holds an adjunct clinical faculty position at U of L and teaches classes in Essential Techniques, the Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation course, and co-teaches the Cochlear Implant course.

Dr. Eisenmenger provides adult clinical audiology services at University Audiology Associates (UAA) and the Ambulatory Care Building (ACB) at University of Louisville Hospital. She also supervises students at those sites. While at U of L, Dr. Eisenmenger developed and offered audiologic rehabilitation classes to hard-of-hearing patients in the Louisville area.

Dr. Eisenmenger began working with single channel cochlear implants when she joined the U of L staff and has been providing adult implant services since that time. She currently works with both Cochlear Americas and Advanced Bionics devices. She is Board Certified in Audiology with a specialty certificate in Cochlear Implants.

Dr. Eisenmenger is the professional advisor to the Louisville chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America (formerly SHHH) and she was instrumental in the formation of this group. Dr. Barbara Eisenmenger CV [PDF]

Casey Rutledge, Au.D.

 Email: crutledge.audiology@gmail.com
Clinical Audiologist

Dr. Casey Rutledge is a 2010 graduate of Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. She serves as a Clinical Audiologist for University Surgical Associates and University Audiology Associates. Her primary interests in audiology include pediatrics, vestibular disorders, and cochlear implants. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and has her Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology by the American Speech and Hearing Association. She holds licensure in audiology and hearing aid dispensing in Kentucky.

Brittany Brose, Au.D

 Brittany Brose, Au.D. received her Bachelors of Art in Speech and Hearing Sciences from The Ohio State University and her Doctorate of Audiology from Vanderbilt University. Her clinical interest areas include adult and pediatric diagnostic evaluations as well as hearing aid and cochlear implant services.





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