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Colleen LePrell Biography
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Colleen LePrell, Ph.D.

Univeristy of Texas at Dallas

Head of the Audiology Doctoral Program



Dr. Colleen Le Prell joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas in June 2015 as Head of the Audiology doctoral program. She is the former Director of the Center for HearingResearchand interim Chair for the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at theUniversity of Florida. Her research program is focused on hearing conservation with aninnovative blend of pre-clinical work in animal models, research on technology, and clinicaltrials. The overarching theme is to provide improved hearing conservation solutions with anemphasis on evidence-based practice. This proactive philosophy has emphasized studies on drug therapies to protect and rescue ears from noise-induced hearing loss, and also includes evaluations of mobile apps for noise level measurement, efficacy of sound suppressors for noise reduction, changes in earplug use after the adopt-a-band educational program, and development of models to identify “hidden” hearing loss after noise insult. Dr. Le Prell hasreceived funding from both public (National Institute of Health, the Department of Defense) andprivate organizations. She served as Program Chair for the 36th Annual NHCA Conference, heldin 2011, and served as the Director of Education for the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) from 2012-2014. She has served as a guest editor for two of the NHCA supplemental issues published by the International Journal of Audiology, for which she is also an Associate Editor. Since 2014, she has served as a liaison between the NHCA and the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO). She is committed to fostering opportunities for dialogue among scientists, clinicians, and professional service providers responsible for industrial hearing conservation activities. She has taught graduate level hearing conservation/noise control courses since 2011. Her long term goal is to enhance hearing conservation efforts by fostering synergy across basic and translational science, advocacy, education, and multidisciplinary collaboration.


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