Clinical Advisory Board

Ruth Litovsky, PhD

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Dr. Litovsky is an auditory neuroscientist and Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, with a joint appointment in Otolaryngology, where she also directs the Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab at the Waisman Center.

Dr. Litovsky’s research focuses on hearing abilities covering the lifespan of humans to include infants and elderly adults. She studies hearing restoration with cochlear implants – in particular, the impact of bilateral implantation, as well as single-sided deafness. Her lab recently expanded studies to studying auditory function in conjunction with cognition and language in young adults with Down Syndrome and in adults who are at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. Her lab uses reverse engineering approaches, behavioral and functional imaging as well as pupillometry and eye gaze measures to examine “real time” processing of information and listening effort during perceptual tasks.

Dr. Litovsky has received several awards, including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, and was recently awarded the Silver Medal in Psychological and Physiological Acoustics from the Acoustical Society of America. She is a past President of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (2020-2021) and has published over 120 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters. She teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate programs and serves on numerous national and international grant review panels and editorial boards. The Litovsky lab comprises of a diverse group of students, postdoctoral fellows, engineers and audiologists. Her ongoing research program has been funded for over 20 years by grants from the NIH – National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)..

She received her B.A. and M.A. in psychology at Washington University of St. Louis, her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in auditory neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.