Helen J. Simon, Ph.D.

Helen J. Simon, Ph.D. has been an audiologist and speech pathologist for over 40 years, with expertise in hearing and speech perception research for over 25 years. She received her B.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Syracuse U, her M.A. from Stanford U and a Ph.D. from the City University of NY Graduate Center, where she was a student of Dr. Levitt. She did her PhD dissertation in speech perception at Haskins Laboratories with M. Studdert-Kennedy, Ph.D. She has worked as a speech and hearing clinician and lecturer serving the deaf and hard-of-hearing community for many years in NYC, AZ and CA, where she has been involved in teaching audiology and speech and hearing science. Since 1986, she has been a Principal Investigator (PI) at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (SKERI) where she has been a PI or Co-PI on seven federally funded grants including projects on localization, hearing aids and dual sensory (hearing and vision) loss. At SKERI she was awarded The Catherine D. Kettlewell Chair of Research (1991) and The William A. Kettlewell Chair of Research, Recipient, Smith-Kettlewell (1999). Her most recent publications have been in the areas of speech perception, binaural hearing (localization and lateralization), aging, psychoacoustics with the hearing-impaired and multi-channel compression hearing aids and autism including invited papers on hearing and aging and dual sensory loss. She recently was a visiting professor at Ariel University Center of Samaria in Israel. Dr. Simon was the PI on a subcontract to SKERI entitled “Computer-Based Speech-Reception Training” where she helped evaluate the training method for learning speech reception skills, including lipreading for this project.