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Assistant Professor
Phone: 919-445-6744
Fax: 919-445-2580


  • AuD, University of Kansas
  • PhD, University of Virginia

Personal Statement

I joined the faculty of the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2007 after completing my AuD at the University of Kansas. I currently provide clinical services to a mostly adult population at the UNC Hearing and Communication Center several days a week, am adjunct faculty at the Carolina Institute of Developmental Disabilities and engage in clinical and classroom teaching in the UNC-CH AuD program. I believe that clinical practice is key to academic teaching in a professional program.  I bring to my practice the benefits of a diverse background which includes a research career in basic science and many years advocating for children and communities in the non-profit world. My interests, which include the interrelationship of cognition and hearing in aging, the genetics of hearing and balance, tinnitus evaluation and management, and the role of the profession of audiology in a changing healthcare landscape, reflect that background.

Licensed in audiology by the State of North Carolina

Certified in Audiology, American Board of Audiology

Courses CurrentlyTaught

  • SPHS 725 Hearing Disorders
  • SPHS 726 Professional Issues in Audiology
  • SPHS 825 Genetics and Embryology of the Auditory System
  • SPHS 827 Pharmacology and Tinnitus in Audiology Clinical Practice
  • SPHS 871 Teaching and Supervision

Courses Formerly Taught

  • SPHS 816 Industrial Audiology and Hearing Conservation
  • SPHS 871L Teaching and Supervision Lab


  • Auditory function, cognition and aging
  • Tinnitus
  • Genetics of hearing and balance
  • Evidence based practice
  • Professional issues in audiology, especially preparing current students for the future
Nancy McKenna, AuD