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Alan B. Gertner, Ph.D.

I hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA); I am Board Certified in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology (ABA); and I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). In addition, I am a licensed audiologist in both New Jersey and New York and I am a licensed hearing aid dispenser in New Jersey.

I received my B.A. in English, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Hartford, Connecticut. I have a Masters Degree in Audiology from Seton Hall University, New Jersey; and my Ph.D. is in Speech and Hearing Science from Columbia University, New York. I am also proud to have been a Joanne Schwartz Scholar while attending Columbia University.
Prior to teaching at Kean University I taught part time at College of New Jersey and Teachers College Columbia University. I continue, when needed, to teach as an adjunct professor at Teachers College Columbia University. My teaching responsibilities, at Kean, include both undergraduate and graduate courses. On the undergraduate level I teach Speech Science and Hearing Science. These courses introduce students to the biological production and biological perception of speech and language. I also teach Basic Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation. The audiology course provides students with knowledge of the hearing mechanism; disease processes that effect hearing and how hearing evaluations take place. Aural Rehabilitation investigates how hearing loss interferes with speech and language acquisition and what measures are available to compensate for and to provide therapy for hearing loss.
On the graduate level I teach Assessment and Management of Central Auditory Processing Disorders, Clinical Audiology and Advanced Seminar on Research. The course on Auditory Processing teaches graduate students how to recognize and treat children who have normal hearing, but cannot process sounds normally. These are children with auditory learning disabilities. In the clinical course students participate in our active Out-Patient Audiology Clinic first observing and eventually performing comprehensive hearing evaluations to the campus community, local residents and schools. The research seminar teaches the basics of clinical and experimental research and culminates with the graduate student required Thesis.
In addition to my teaching responsibilities I have an active laboratory for research. My doctoral dissertation was entitled "The effects of visual stimulation on the auditory middle-latency response of the brain." Neuro-auditory and brain processes continue to be my primary areas of interest. My research agenda addresses behavioral and neuro-physical reactions to both speech and non-speech sounds.