Kate McClannahan, AuD, PhD

Kate McClannahan, AuD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery


Undergraduate: BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2002)

Graduate: AuD/PhD, Audiology/Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle (2017)

Postdoctoral Research Scholar: Washington University in St. Louis (2019)


  • Audiology, State of Missouri
  • CCC-A, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Research Interests

Dr. McClannahan studies age-related hearing loss and cognitive aging, and how they interact. The work of her Auditory Wellness Laboratory focuses on how psychological factors, such as personality and cognitive ability, contribute to self-reported hearing difficulties and hearing loss treatment decisions in older adults. Her work also addresses the need to improve the identification, assessment, and treatment of hearing loss and communication difficulties in adults with dementia.

Honors & Leadership roles

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Program in Auditory and Communication Sciences
  • 8th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Aging and Speech Communication, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, travel award (2019)
  • 41st Annual Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, San Diego, CA, travel award (2018)
  • 7th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Aging and Speech Communication,University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, travel award (2017)
  • Invited attendee and designated National Institute on Aging/American Geriatrics Society Rising Star, Geriatrics Research: From Bench to Bedside, Sensory Impairment and Cognitive Decline Workshop, Bethesda MD (2017)


  1. McClannahan, K.S., Chiu, Y., Sommers, M.S., Peelle, J.E. (2021). Test-retest reliability of audiometric assessment in individuals with mild dementia. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 147: 442-449. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2021.0012
  2. McClannahan, K.S. (2020). Accurate assessment of hearing and cognition in older adults. The Hearing Journal, 73: 38-39.
  3. McClannahan, K.S.*, Backer, K.C., Tremblay, K.L. (2019). Auditory evoked reponses in older adults with normal hearing, untreated, and treated age-related hearing loss. Ear & Hearing, 40: 1106-16.
  4. Tremblay, K., Ross, B., Inoue, K., McClannahan, K.S., Collet, G. (2014). Is the auditory evoked P2 response a biomarker of learning? Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 8: 28 doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2014.00028
  5. Stephane, M., Leuthold, A., Kuskowski, M., McClanahan, K.S., Xu, T. (2012). The temporal, spatial, and frequency dimensions of neural oscillations associated with verbal working memory. Clin EEG Neurosci, 43:145-53.
  6. Tremblay, K.L., Inoue, K., McClannahan, K.S., Ross, B. (2010). Repeated stimulus exposure alters the way sound is encoded in the human brain. PLOS ONE, 5, e10283.
  7. Stephane, M., Kuskowski, M., McClannahan, K.S., Surerus, C., Nelson, K. (2010). Evaluation of inner-outer space distinction and verbal hallucinations in schizophrenia Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 15:441-50.
  8. Stephane, M., Ince, N.F., Kuskowski, M., Leuthold, A., Tewfik, A.H., Nelson, K., McClannahan, K.S., Aditya Tadipatri, V. (2010) Neural oscillations associated with the primacy and recency effects of verbal working memory. Neuroscience Letters, 473:172-7.
  9. Stephane, M., Kuskowski, M., McClannahan, K.S., Surerus, C., Nelson, K. (2010) Evaluation of speech misattribution bias in schizophrenia. Psychological Medicine, 40:741-8.
  10. Ince, N.F., Pellizzer, G., Tewfik, A.H., Nelson, K., Leuthold, A., McClannahan, K.S., Stephane, M. (2009) Classification of Schizophrenia with Spectro-Temporo-Spatial Patterns in Working Memory. Clinical Neurophysiology, 120, 1123–1134.