Clinical Advisory Board

Rene Gifford, PhD

Vanderbilt University

René H. Gifford, Ph.D., CCC-A, is a professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences with a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is currently the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center as well as the Associate Director of Implantable Hearing Technologies. Her current research interests include combined electric and acoustic stimulation (EAS) with cochlear implantation, hearing preservation with cochlear implantation, preoperative prediction of postoperative outcomes with implants, speech perception for adults and children with cochlear implants, and spatial hearing abilities of individuals with unilateral and bilateral cochlear implants.

Dr. Gifford currently is the principal investigator (PI) on two large NIH R01 grants centered on cochlear implants, one which studies the efficacy of hearing preservation in the implanted ear for speech perception in complex listening environments as well as for localization and the other is investigating the clinical application of spectral resolution for assessing auditory function preoperatively as well as the utility of a clinical tool of spectral resolution for implant ear selection. Dr. Gifford is also a co-PI on an R01 aimed to examine speech perception in realistic listening environments for individuals with bimodal hearing and bilateral cochlear implants. Dr. Gifford has published over forty scholarly articles and book chapters and is the author of Cochlear Implant Patient Assessment: Evaluation of Candidacy, Performance, and Outcomes