Susan Nittrouer, Ph.D.
Location: HPNP 2147a
Office phone: (352) 273-5303
Doctor of Philosophy – 1985 – City University of New York (CUNY)
Masters of Education – 1975 – Smith College
Bachelors of Science – 1974 – West Chester State University
Susan Nittrouer received a Master’s degree in deaf education from Smith College, and taught for five years before returning to graduate school. She received her PhD in 1985 from the City University of New York in Speech and Hearing Science. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Connecticut, she began her research career at Boys Town National Research Hospital investigating how children learn language. She worked subsequently at Utah State University and the Ohio State University. Currently she is Professor and Chair of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida, and heads the Speech Development Laboratory. Her research focuses largely on questions regarding how children learn to recover language structure from the acoustic speech signal, a difficult task given the complexity of speech. Children who are of special interest in this work include those with hearing loss and those having difficulty learning to read.