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Janet Koehnke

Chairperson, Communication Sciences and Disorders

1515 Broad Street 2170
BS, University of Massachusetts
MA, State University of New York @ Geneseo
PhD, University of Connecticut
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Dr. Koehnke is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders As chair, she oversees and coordinates the activities of the department related to academics, research, and clinical services. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the Vice-President for Academic Affairs in Audiology. Her term is 2017 through 2019.

Together with her colleague Dr. Maris Appelbaum, Dr. Koehnke has worked with the NJ Division of the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing (DDHH) and Sertoma/Hearing Charities of America to develop the Hearing Aid Project in NJ. The goal of the Project is to provide reconditioned hearing aids to NJ residents who cannot afford to purchase them. The Project began in January, 2014. The MSU Center is actively working to obtain donations of used hearing aids. If you or someone you know has a hearing aid to donate to the Project, please go to

Dr. Koehnke's research is in the area of binaural and spatial hearing. In particular, she and her colleague, Dr. Joan Besing, have developed virtual tests of localization and speech intelligibility gain that can be used in a clinical setting to evaluate the ability of individuals with hearing loss to do these everyday tasks. Dr. Koehnke and her colleagues also conduct research on the effects of aging on spatial hearing.


Dr. Koehnke received her B.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts, her M.A. in Audiology from the State University of New York in Geneseo, and her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She then completed a three year NIH post-doctoral fellowship with the Sensory Communication group in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1998 she was awarded a National Research Council Senior Research Fellowship from NSF to conduct spatial hearing research at the US Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, MD. In 2012 she was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Dr. Koehnke served on the editorial board of the Ear & Hearing Journal for 14 years. She has been a consultant to the Educational Testing Services in Princeton, NJ since 2004. She teaches courses in diagnostic audiology, scientific and professional writing, hearing science, and psychoacoustics.

A number of her projects have been supported by research grants Dr. Koehnke has obtained from the National Institutes of Health, the Deafness Research Foundation and the American Hearing Research Foundation. She has numerous publications in professional journals describing her research.