Deborah von Hapsburg, Ph.D.

See Also: Speech Perception and Production Laboratory

Field Specialty

I am interested in pediatric audiology and audiological rehabilitation and habilitation.

Research Interests

My research focuses on exploring the relationship between speech perception and production in infants with hearing loss. Currently, we are exploring the relationship between the canonical syllables produced by infants with hearing loss and their perceptual preferences for those syllables. The aim is to determine the effect of early amplification or implantation on the co-development of production-perception preferences within infants. At a more general level, I am also interested in understanding the factors that contribute to speech perception in noise in bilingual listeners. Studies of second language perception in noise in bilingual listeners have provided insight regarding the brain's capacity to accommodate multiple languages. Thus, research in my lab focuses on both adult and infant perception and production mechanisms.

Education

  • B.S., University of Texas (1989)
  • M.S., University of North Texas (1991)
  • Ph.D., University of Texas (2003)

Recent Honors and Awards

  • 2011 R03-National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, R0-3. von Hapsburg, D. and Hay, J. (Co-PI). “Canonical syllable production and perception in infants with hearing loss”. $437,137, awarded)
  • 2010 - Visiting Scholar, Ida Institute, Skodsborg Denmark, Development of the Ida Institute Course on the Human Dynamics of Hearing Loss.
  • 2009 - The Hearing and Speech Foundation, The effect of hearing loss on infant directed speech, awarded August, 2009. $2,475.00 (Co-PI: Susie Robertson)
  • 2008 - "James Jerger Student Research Presentation Award" presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Audiology to K. Lowery, with Deborah von Hapsburg, Ph.D and Erin Plyler, Au.D. as Research Advisors for presentation of “A comparison of video versus conventional VRA in infants” on April 5, 2008.
  • 2007 - National Institutes of Health, Pediatric Loan Repayment Program, (renewal) awarded August, 2007. $4,348.00
  • 2006 - National Institutes of Health, Pediatric Loan Repayment Program, (renewal) awarded August, 2006-2007 $9,485.00.
  • 2006 - Mentored Doctoral Student Research PosterSession grant from the National Institute of Health and the American Auditory Society . Presented to Junghwa Bahng, with Mark Hedrick, and Deborah von Hapsburg as research advisors.
  • 2007 - Student Research Forum Award for Acceptance of Noise in Adult Cochlear Implant Users.  Presented to Junghwa Bhang by the American Academy of Audiology for research directed by Patrick N. Plyler and Deborah von Hapsburg.
  • 2006 - Professional Development Award, University of Tennessee, awarded January, 2006 (Co-PI Erin Plyler). $5,000
  • 2004 - National Institutes of Health, Pediatric Loan Repayment Program, awarded August, 2004-2006. $16,835.00
  • 2003 - Professional Development Award, University of Tennessee, awarded December 2003.  $5000

Representative Publications

  • von Hapsburg, D. & Lauristen, K. ( in press). The Learning Principles Adopted by the Ida Institute. Seminars in Hearing. Special Issue: Ida Institute.
  • von Hapsburg, D. & Tjørnhøj-Thomsen. (in press). The Encounter Model and Audiological Clinical Encounters. Seminars in Hearing: Special Issue: Ida Institute.
  • Hedrick, M., Bahng, J., von Hapsburg, D.,Younger, M.S. (2011). Weighting of cues for fricative perception by children wearing cochlear implants. International Journal of Audiology,50, 540-547.
  • von Hapsburg, D. (2010). Language Proficiency and Speech Perception Science to Practice. Hispanic Caucus Newsletter, 4(2), 3
  • von Hapsburg, D. (2010). Ida Institute’s Course on Human Dynamics of Hearing Loss.
  • von Hapsburg, D. & Davis, B.L. (2009). Canonical syllable reduplication and variegation in infants with hearing loss. La Revista Española de Logopedia, Foniatria y Audiologia, 29(4), 249-256.
  • von Hapsburg, D., & Bahng, J.B. (2009). Effects of noise on bilingual listeners' first language (L1) speech perception. Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, 13: 21 – 26.
  • Lowery, K., von Hapsburg, D., Plyler, E., & Johnstone, P. (2009). A comparison of video versus conventional VRA in infants. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 52(3), 723-31.
  • Plyler, P., Bahng, J., & von Hapsburg, D. (2008). The acceptance of background noise in adult cochlear implant users. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51(2), 502-515.
  • von Hapsburg, D., Davis, B.L., & MacNeilage, P.F. (2008). Frame dominance in infants with hearing loss, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51 (2), 306-320.
  • von Hapsburg, D., & Bahng, J. (2006). Acceptance of background noise levels in bilingual [Korean-English] listeners, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 17,649-658.
  • von Hapsburg, D., & Davis, B.L. (2006). Auditory sensitivity and the prelinguistic vocalizations of early-amplified infants. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 49, 809-822.
  • Davis, B.L., McCaffrey, H., von Hapsburg, D., & Warner Czyz, A. (2005). Perceptual influences on motor control: Infants with varied hearing levels, The Volta Review, 105 (1), 7-27.
  • von Hapsburg, D., Champlin, C.A., Shetty, S. (2004). Reception thresholds for sentences in bilingual [Spanish/English] and monolingual [English] listeners. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 14 (7), 559-569.
  • von Hapsburg, D., & Peña, E., (2002). Understanding bilingualism and its impact on speech audiometry. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 45, 202-213.

Courses Taught

  • ASP 584 - Amplification for Children with Hearing Impairment
  • ASP 585 - Cochlear Implants
  • ASP 594 - Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation of the Hearing-Impaired
  • ASP 663 - Advanced Seminar in Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation
Deborah von Hapsburg

Contact Information

Deborah von Hapsburg
Associate Professor

Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology
University of Tennessee
426 S. Stadium Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-0740

Phone: (865) 974-0354
Email: dvh@utk.edu