Jackson Roush, PhD

Jack RoushProfessor
Phone: (919) 966-9467
Fax: (919) 966-0100
Email: jroush@med.unc.edu


  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1981 (Speech and Hearing Sciences)
  • MA, Western Michigan University, 1976 (Audiology)
  • BS, Western Michigan University, 1975 (Communication Disorders)

Personal Statement

Jackson Roush, PhD, is Professor and Director of the North Carolina LEND Program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) which is based at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. With funding from the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, he also directs a supplemental grant to NC-LEND for training audiology students to work with children who have autism and other developmental disabilities in addition to hearing loss. 

Dr. Roush has been an audiologist for more than 35 years. He has published and presented extensively on a variety of topics related to pediatric audiology and hearing loss in children. He is actively involved in several state and national organizations committed to improving early identification and intervention for children with hearing loss and their families, and he currently serves as Co-Chair of the EHDI Advisory Board for North Carolina. 

Dr. Roush is an ASHA Fellow, a Fellow of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and a 2007 recipient of the Presidential Award from the American Academy of Audiology.

Courses Taught

  • SPHS 582 Introduction to Audiology 
  • SPHS 710 Audiologic Assessment I (with Dr. Mundy)
  • SPHS 811 Pediatric Audiology
  • SPHS 950 Research Resources and Technologies (course facilitator)

Research/Professional Interests

  • Pediatric audiology
  • Newborn hearing screening and diagnosis
  • Public policy related to early hearing detection and intervention
  • Developmental disabilities in children who are deaf or hard of hearing

Selected Publications


Waldman, D. & Roush, J. (2009). Your Child’s Hearing Loss: A Guide for Parents (216 pages). San Diego: Plural  (second edition)

Roush, J. (2001).  Screening for Hearing Loss and Otitis Media in Children (245 pages). San Diego:  Singular Publishing Group.

Roush, J. & Matkin, N., Eds. (1994).  Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss: Family-Centered Assessment and Intervention (360 pages). Baltimore: York Press.

Selected Book Chapters (2000 – present)

Roush, J. and Corbin, N. (2016). Screening for hearing loss and middle ear disorders: After the newborn period. Seewald, R., and Tharpe, A.M. (Eds) Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology. San Diego: Plural.

Roush, J. & Kamo, G. (2013).  Parent Counseling, Education, and Collaboration.  In Flexer, C., and Madell, J. (Eds.), Pediatric Audiology – 2nd Edition.  New York: Thieme Medical Publishers.

Drake, A. and Roush, J. (2013).  Management of Otopathology and Hearing Loss in Children with Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies.   In Berkowitz (Ed.): Cleft Lip and Palate – Diagnosis and Management (3rd edition), Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag.

Roush, J. and Nozza, R.  (2010).  Screening for hearing loss and middle ear disorders:  After the newborn period.  Seewald, R., and Tharpe, A.M. (Eds)  Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology. San Diego: Plural.

Roush, J. & Kamo, G. (2008).  Parent Counseling, Education, and Collaboration.  In Flexer, C., and Madell, J. (Eds.), Pediatric Audiology.  New York: Thieme Medical Publishers.

Roush, J. & Grose, J. (2005).  Principles of audiometry. In Van De Water, T., and Staecker, H., Otolaryngology: Basic Science and Clinical Review. Chapter 30 (pp 374-384).  New York: Thieme Medical Publishers.

Harrison, M. & Roush, J. (2002) Information for families with young deaf and hard-of-hearing children: Reports from parents and pediatric audiologists. In R. Seewald and J. Gravel (Eds.), A Sound Foundation Through Early Amplification, Proceedings of the Second International Conference (pp 233-251). United Kingdom: St. Edmundsbury Press.

Roush, J.  (2002). Staying family centered.  In D. Luterman, & E. Kurtzer-White (Eds.), Early Childhood Deafness, Chapter 4 (pp 49-62). Baltimore:  York Press.

Roush, J.  (2000).  Implementing parent-infant services: Advice from families.  In R. Seewald (Ed.), A Sound Foundation through Early Amplification: Proceedings of an International Conference (pp 159-165).  Phonak: AG, Switzerland.

Selected Peer Reviewed Articles (2000 – present)

Winston, R. and Roush, J. (2016). Outsourcing newborn hearing screening: Key questions and considerations. Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, 1 (1): 21-25.

Roush, J. & Wilson, K. (2013).  Interdisciplinary Assessment of Children With Hearing Loss and Multiple Disabilities.  Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, 23:13-26.

Roush, J. Guest Editor (2011), A Strategic Analysis of State Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs.  Volta Review (monograph), Vol 111, No. 2.

Roush, J.  (2010).  Educational preparation of pediatric audiologists.  Volta  Review, 110(2), 207-218.

Davenport, M., Roush, J., Liu, C., Zagar, A., Eugster, E., Travers, S. Fechner, P. Quigley, C. (2010).  Growth hormone treatment does not affect rates of middle ear disease or hearing loss in infants and toddlers with Turner syndrome: Results from the randomized, controlled, multicenter, ‘Toddler Turner’ study. Hormone Research in Paediatrics 74 (23-32).

Martin, H., Poe, M., Reinhartsen, D., Pretzel, R., Roush, J. Rosenberg, A., Dusing, S, Escolar, M. (2008).  Methods of assessing neurodevelopment in lysosomal storage diseases and related disorders: A multidisciplinary perspective.  Acta Paediatrica, 97 (69-75).

Alberg, J., Wilson, K., Roush, J. (2007).  Statewide collaboration in the delivery of early hearing detection and intervention services.  Invited manuscript (peer reviewed), Volta Review 106 (3) (monograph), 259-274.

Gravel, J., Roberts, J., Roush, J., Grose, J., Besing, J., Burchinal, M., Neebe, E., Wallace, I., Zeisel, S. (2006).    Early otitis media with effusion, hearing loss, and auditory processes at school-age. Ear and Hearing, 27 (4), 353-368.

Roberts, J., Hennon, E., Anderson, K., Roush, J., Gravel, J., Skinner, M., Misenheimer, J. Reitz, P.  (2005). Auditory Function in Young Males with Fragile X Syndrome.  Journal of Speech Language, and  Hearing  Research, 48(2), 494-500.

Roush, J., Holcomb, M., Roush, P., Escolar, M.  (2004). When hearing loss occurs with multiple disabilities.  Seminars in Hearing, 25(4), 333-345.

Roush, J. (2003).  Identification of hearing loss and middle ear dysfunction in the school-age child.  R. Kent (Ed), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Harrison, M., Roush, J., & Wallace, J.  (2003). Trends in the age of identification and intervention for deaf and hard of hearing infants. Ear and Hearing, 24, 89-95.

Gravel, J. S., Roberts, J. E., Roush, J., Wallace, I. F., Ellis, M. A., Lee, W. W., & Mundy, M.  (2002).  Hearing in 10-36 month olds with OME from two geographically-diverse prospective cohorts.  In D. J. Lim, C. D. Bluestone, M. Casselbrant, J. O. Klein, & P. L. Ogra (Eds.).  Recent Advances in Otitis Media, Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium, BC Decker, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, (CD format), 591-593.

Sjoblad, S., Harrison, M., Roush, J., and McWilliam, R (2001). Parents’ reactions and recommendations following diagnosis and hearing aid fitting. American Journal of Audiology, 10(1), 24-31.

Roberts, J., Burchinal, M.R., Jackson, S., Hooper, S.R., Roush, J., Mundy, M., Neebe, E.C., & Zeisel, S.A. (2000).  Otitis media in childhood in relation to preschool language and school readiness skills among black children.  Pediatrics, 106(4), 725-735.

Roush, J., Davenport, M., & Carlson-Smith, C. (2000).  Early onset sensorineural hearing loss in a child with Turner Syndrome.  Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 11, 446-453.

Other Publications (2000 – present)

Roush, J., Tharpe, A.M., White, K. (2012). LENDing a Hand. Invited article, ASHA Leader, 13 (2), 14-17, 45.

Roush, J., Wilson, K., Alberg, J. (2008). Early hearing detection and intervention: Audiologists and SLPs collaborate in successful statewide program. Invited article, ASHA Leader, 13 (2), 14-17, 45.

Roush, J., Bess, F., Gravel, J., Harrison, M., Lenihan, S., and Marvelli, A (2004).  Preparation of Personnel to Serve Children with Hearing Loss and their Families: Current Status and Future Needs.  Proceedings of the Summit on Deafness: Spoken Language in the 21st Century, Predicting Future Trends in Deafness, 26-29, 2004, Washington, DC.

Sjoblad, S., Harrison, M. and Roush, J.(2004). Parents’ experiences and perceptions regarding amplification early hearing aid use. Volta Voices, 11 (7), 8-10.

Harrison M. and Roush, J. (2004). Providing information at diagnosis: Advice from parents. Volta Voices, 11(7), 6-7.

Harrison, M. and Roush, J. Guest Eds. (2004). Volta Voices, 11.

Roush, J. (2003).  Update on Newborn Hearing Screening: Steady Progress but Challenges Remain. Invited article. Alexander Graham Bell Assoc for the Deaf. Volta Voices, 10(3), 7-8.

Roush, J. and Harrison, M. (2002).  What parents want to know at diagnosis and during the first year.  Invited article. The Hearing Journal, 53(11), 56-60.

Roush, J.  (2000).  What happens after screening?  The Hearing Journal, 53(11), 56-60.  (Invited manuscript for special issue on Newborn Infant Hearing Screening).