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Palmer, Shannon

Professor and Audiology Program Director



Shannon B. Palmer, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A is a professor and audiology division director in the department of communication sciences and disorders. Dr. Palmer’s research and teaching focus on the areas of pediatric audiology and auditory processing. She has a passion for improving hearing care for children. Clinically, Dr. Palmer works in the areas of pediatric and adult hearing assessment using both behavioral and electrophysiological techniques. 

More about Shannon Palmer


  • Nguyen, H., Palmer, S.B., Aday, J., Bloesch, E., & Davoli, C. (2020). The Effect of Meditation on the Perception of Peripersonal Space: Evaluation of the P300 Event Related Potential. Consciousness and Cognition, 83, 102978.
  • Pomponio, M., Nagle, S., Smart, J., & Palmer, S. (2019). The Effect of Varying Test Administration and Scoring Procedures on Three Tests of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 30(8), 694-702.
  • Palmer, S.B., Adelson, J.L., Crawford, B.F., Asher, N., & Switalski, W. (2019). Newborn Hearing Screenings for Babies Born at Home: Report from an Initiative in Michigan. Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, 4(1), 36-42.
  • McCullagh, J. & Palmer, S.B. (2017). The Effects of Auditory Training on Dichotic Listening: A Neurological Case Study. Hearing, Balance, and Communication, 15(1), 30-37.
  • Palmer, S.B., Bednarz, S., Dilaj, K., & McDonald, A. (2016). Universal Newborn Hearing Screening in Midwifery Education: A Survey. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 61(4), 435-441.
  • Palmer, S.B. & Musiek, F.E. (2014) Electrophysiological Gap Detection Thresholds: Effects of Age and Comparison with a Behavioral Measure. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 25(10), 999-1007.
  • Palmer, S.B. & Musiek, F.E. (2013) N1-P2 Recordings to Gaps in Broadband Noise. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 24(1), 37-45.
  • Palmer, S.B. (2013) Central Auditory Processing Disorders. In Volkmar, F. (Ed) Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (1st ed.). Springer Publishing: New York.
  • Musiek, F. & Daniels, S.B. (2010). Central Auditory Mechanisms Associated with Cochlear Implantation: An Overview of Selected Studies & Comment. Cochlear Implants International. 11(S1):15-28.
  • Weihing, J., Daniels, S., & Musiek, F. (2009). The Effect of Visual and Audio-Visual Competition on the Auditory N1-P2 Evoked Potential. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 20(9): 569-581.


  • Cormier, K. & Palmer, S. “The Effects of Hearing Aids on P300 Measures.” Research Poster- American Academy of Audiology Conference, Virtual.  April, 2021.
  • Palmer, S. “Auditory Processing Disorder in the Brain Injury Patient.” Invited Presentation- Joint Defense Veterans Audiology Conference, Virtual.  March, 2021.
  • McCullagh, J. & Palmer, S.B. “The Relationship Between Auditory Memory and Central Auditory Processing Skills in Children.” Research Poster- American Speech- Language Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL.  November, 2019.
  • Nguyen, V.H. & Palmer, S.B. “Can Meditation Alter Body Space Perception? Evidence from auditory evoked potentials.” Research Poster- American Academy of Audiology, Columbus, OH.  March, 2019.
  • Palmer, S. & Bitterman, L. “Health Literacy, Patient Care & Graduate Education” Technical Clinical Presentation- American Speech Language Hearing Association Conference, Boston, MA.  November, 2018.
  • Nguyen, V.H., Palmer, S.B., Aday, J.S.  Davoli, C.C., & Bloesch, E.K. “Meditation Alters Representations of Peripersonal Space: Evidence from Auditory Evoked Potentials” Research Poster- Psychonomics Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.  November, 2018.
  • Brown, H., Hager, V., & Palmer, S. “Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults with Hearing Aids” Research Poster- American Academy of Audiology, Nashville, TN.  April, 2018.
  • McCullagh, J. & Palmer, S. “Relationships Between Cognitive, Language, and Central Auditory Processing in Children” Research Poster- International Neuropsychological Society Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.  February, 2018.
  • Affoo, R., Palmer, S. & Douglas, N. “Implementation of a Team Care Approach for Management of Communication Disorders” 1-Hour Seminar- American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, CA.   November, 2017.
  • Palmer, S. & McCullagh, J. “Auditory Processing Performance, Intelligence, and Language Scores in Children.” Research Podium- American Academy of Audiology, Indianapolis, IN.  April, 2017.
  • Skinner, R. & Palmer, S. “Effects of Sensorineural Hearing Loss on N1-P2 Recordings to Gaps in Broadband Noise.” Research Poster- American Academy of Audiology, Indianapolis, IN.  April, 2017.
  • Pomponio, M., Nagle, S., Smart, J. & Palmer, S. “The Effects of Varying Test Administration & Scoring Procedures on APD Test Outcome.” Research Poster- American Speech, Language, Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.  November, 2016.
  • Fling, M., & Palmer, S.B. “Cross-Linguistic Comparative Acoustic Study of American English, Spanish, and Mandarin Vowels.” Research Poster- American Academy of Audiology, Phoenix, AZ.  March, 2016.
  • Nagle, S., Lilly, C., Palmer, S. & Smart, J. “Test-retest Reliability of Temporal Patterning Tests in Normal Adults.” Research Poster- American Academy of Audiology, San Antonio, TX.  March, 2015.
  • Pomponio, M., Nagle, S., Palmer, S., & Smart, J. “Testing Variables that Affect APD Test Outcomes.” Research Poster- American Academy of Audiology, San Antonio, TX.  March, 2015.
  • Palmer, S., Asher, N. & Switalski, W. “The Michigan Midwives Collaborative Project: Guide for UNHS Implementation in Home Birthed Babies.” Oral Presentation- Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY.  March, 2015.
  • Bednarz, S. & Palmer, S. “The Education of Midwives and Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings.” Research Poster- American Academy of Audiology, Orlando, FL.  March, 2014.
  • McCullagh, J. & Palmer, S. “The Effectiveness of the Dichotic Interaural Intensity Difference (DIID) training: Case studies.” Technical Clinical Presentation- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.  November, 2013.
  • Naeve-Velguth, S., Palmer, S. & Woods, S. “Integrating Simulated Patient Experiences into Clinical Education” Learning Module- American Academy of Audiology, Anaheim, CA.  April, 2013.
  • Palmer, S. & McCullagh, J. “Effects of Auditory Training on Auditory Processing in an Individual with Mild Fluent Aphasia” Clinical Poster­­- American Academy of Audiology, Anaheim, CA.  April, 2013.
  • Nagle, S., Palmer, S. & Musiek, F. “Decreasing Test Time for Clinical Gap Detection Tests: A Pilot Study” Research Poster- American Auditory Society, Scottsdale, AZ.  March, 2013.
  • Palmer, S. & Musiek, F. “Age Effects on Gap Detection Measured Behaviorally and Electrophysiologically” Research Poster- Global Perspectives in CAPD, Boston, MA.  March, 2012.
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A)
  • PhD, Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences, University of Connecticut, 2011
  • AuD, Audiology, University of Connecticut, 2009
  • BS, Communication Disorders, Emerson College, 2005

Dr. Palmer’s research areas include improvement of newborn hearing screening and early identification of hearing loss and the use of electrophysiologic testing to evaluate auditory processing ability and updating pediatric testing techniques.

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • American Academy of Audiology
  • Michigan Audiology Coalition
  • Holder, Audiology License, State of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • AUD 754:  Pediatric Audiology
  • AUD 757:  Geriatric Audiology
  • AUD 785:  Auditory Processing Disorders
  • CSD 331:  Introduction to Audiology