Dawn Nelson

  • Position: Professor, Division of Audiology (Au.D.)
  • Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Campus Address: Health Professions Building 1166
  • Phone: 989-774-1322
  • Email: nelso1md@cmich.edu
  • AUD 740: Neuroanatomy
  • AUD 781: Electrophysiological Techniques in Audiology
  • AUD 782: Evaluation and Treatment of Vestibular Disorders
  • AUD 783: Advanced Electrophysiological and Vestibular Techniques in Audiology

Degrees and Universities:

B.S., Andrews University, 1983 
M.A., University of Maryland-College Park, 1985
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1994
Post-Doctoral Fellowship - John Hopkins University, Department of Otolaryngology, 1994-1996

Professional Organizations:

American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
American Academy of Audiology

Research Areas:

Imbalance/dizziness, falling, and hearing loss in individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease, Vestibular Assessment, Auditory Evoked Potentials and Neurodiagnostics, and Central auditory processing disorders.


Kiser, ZM, Clark KA, Jane, BS, Vercellotti, GM and Nelson, MD. (2019). Association between Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Homozygous Sickle Cell Anemia: A Meta-Analysis. Blood. 134 (Supplemnt 1): 3453 DOI: 10.1182/blood-2019-127740.

Nelson, MD., Mann, L., Trenkler, C., Lehman, ME. (2019). Static Positional Nystagmus in the Healthy Vestibular System. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology 30 (10), 883-895.

Hoyme, AM, Nelson, MD. (2018). Should Patients Discontinue Medications Prior to Vestibular Testing? Audiology Today. 30(3), 22-28. 

Nelson MD, Akin FW, Riska KM, Andresen K, Stamps S. (2016) Vestibular assessment and rehabilitation: Ten-year survey trends of audiologists’ opinions and practice. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 27(2):126-40. 

Nelson, M.D. (2010). Vestibular Education: A Balancing Act. Advance for Audiologists, Vol 12:5, 12. 

Nelson, M.D., Wilson, R.W, and Kornhass, S. (2003) Performance of Musicians and Non-Musicians o Dichotic Chords, Dichotic CVs, and Dichotic Digits. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. Vol 14:10, 536-544.

Nelson, M.D., Hall, J.W. III and Jacobson, G.P. (1997).  Factors affecting the recordability of the auditory evoked response Pb (P1), Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 1997, Apr; 8(2):89-99.

Nelson, M.D., and Hall, J.W. III. (1993).  Performance on a dichotic synthetic musical chords test for professional musicians vs non-musicians. (Abstracts for the sixteenth Association for Research in Otolaryngology Meeting, Abstract No. 603).  

Hall, J.W. III, and Nelson, M.D. (1991).  P300 response in children with central auditory processing disorders (CAPD).  (International Electric Response Audiometry Study Group Symposium Abstracts.

Grants, Awards:

Finalist, James Jerger Award of Excellence in Student Research awarded to Krupp, D., Nelson, MD. and Lehman, ME. “A Survey of Dizziness/Imbalance and Hearing Loss in Adults Living with Sickle Cell Disease.” American Academy of Audiology (2016).

Best in Vestibular, awarded to Nelson, MD., Heilig, R., Koning, M., Pastorelli C and Lehman, ME. “Effects of Caloric Stimulation on the Sensory Organization Test in Adults with Vestibular Symptoms.” American Academy of Audiology (2016).

Nominee, Excellence in Teaching Award.  Central Michigan University.  2014, 2015 and 2019.

James Jerger Award of Excellence in Student Research awarded to Nelson, M.D., Mann, L. and Trenkler, C. “Positional Nystagmus in the Healthy Vestibular System.” American Academy of Audiology (2009).

Research Excellence Funds Award.  “A Comparison of Toneburst-Evoked Auditory Brainstem Responses in Normal and Hearing-Impaired Listeners”.  Nelson, M.D. and Murnane, O.D. 1999.  ($108,000.00) funded.