Dr. Fatima Husain standing next to magnetic resonance imaging machine
Dr. Fatima Husain uses magnetic resonance imaging in her research.

Dr. Husain Named McCristal Scholar

Dr. Fatima Husain, professor of speech and hearing science, has been named the 2022 King J. and Marjorie R. McCristal Distinguished Scholar in the College of Applied Health Sciences, the most prestigious recognition of scholarly achievement given by the College. The award presentation and McCristal Lecture will take place on August 16, 2022, as part of the AHS Fall College Meeting.

Dr. Husain joined the Department of Speech and Hearing Science as an assistant professor in 2008. She earned her PhD in cognitive and neural systems at Boston University and joined the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health, first as a post-doctoral fellow and then as a research fellow.

Dr. Husain uses a combination of computational modeling, brain imaging experiments, and behavioral experiments to research hearing and speech perception, as well as the disorders associated with them, such as hearing loss and tinnitus. Through this multi-method approach, she is able to simulate auditory and speech perception in the brain. The modeling enables her to make predictions that can be tested using behavioral and imaging tools, ultimately facilitating the evaluation of existing therapies and the proposal of novel treatment methods. She is the director of the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab.

The King James McCristal Scholar Award was established in 1988 to honor King McCristal, dean of AHS from 1961-1973.



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