Tiffany A. Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-A
Doughty-Kemp Endowed Chair, Department of Hearing and Speech
Co-Director, Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders
Department of Hearing and Speech, Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders
Tiffany Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-A, is an associate professor and serves as chair of the Department of Hearing and Speech at KU Medical Center. She is also co-director of the University of Kansas Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders.
In February 2020, Johnson was appointed the Doughty-Kemp Endowed Chair of the Department of Hearing and Speech.
In addition to her administrative duties in the department, Johnson teaches courses in diagnostic audiology and hearing disorders. She mentors doctoral student research and also serves on the curriculum and admissions committees for both the clinical and research doctoral degrees in audiology.
Johnson's academic and professional background includes earning an undergraduate degree from Creighton University in 1992 and a master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1995. She worked as a clinical audiologist in Nebraska and Minnesota before serving on the University of Iowa faculty as a clinical assistant professor from 1997 to 1999. Johnson earned her doctorate at the University of Iowa (2003) and completed her postdoctoral fellowship (2003-2006) at Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, Neb.
Johnson has also been active in national groups including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology.
Johnson's research focuses on understanding how the human auditory system works in individuals with either normal or impaired auditory function. This work includes translational studies aimed at improving the identification and diagnosis of mild hearing loss in infants and young children. She is also investigating the impact of voluntary noise exposure on supra-threshold auditory function in individuals with normal behavioral thresholds.
These questions are addressed using a variety of techniques including otoacoustic emissions, auditory evoked potentials, and basic psychoacoustic and speech-perception tests. Work in Johnson's lab has been supported by grants from the American Academy of Audiology Foundation, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health–National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.