Gail S. Donaldson


Postdoc 1991 Auditory Physiology, Duke University
Ph.D. 1990 Audiology, University of Virginia
M.Ed., 1981 Audiology, University of Virginia
A.B. 1974 Mathematics, Duke University


ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, Audiology


  • Hearing science
  • Auditory electrophysiology
  • Sound and speech perception in cochlear implant users
  • Speech perception in bimodal hearing


CSD 5530 – Hearing Assessment and Management


Dr. Gail Donaldson joined the department in 2017 as BCBS-NC Distinguished Professor and Department Chair. Prior to coming to Appalachian, she served as a faculty member at the University of South Florida (2004-2017) and on the research faculty at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis (1994-2004). Dr. Donaldson’s research focuses on sound and speech perception in adults with cochlear implants. She has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health and has published extensively in her area of expertise.

Recent Publications:

Stilp, C.E., Donaldson, G.S., Oh, S. and Kong, Y.-Y. (2016). Influences of noise-interruption and information-bearing acoustic change on understanding simulated electric-acoustic speech. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 140, 3971-3979.

Kong, Y.-Y., Winn, M.B., Poellmann, K. and Donaldson, G.S. (2016). Discriminability and perceptual saliency of temporal and spectral cues for final fricative consonant voicing in simulated cochlear implant and bimodal hearing. Trends in Hearing, 20, 1-15.

Oh, S., Donaldson, G.S. and Kong, Y.-Y. (2016). The role of continuous low-frequency harmonicity cues for interrupted speech perception in bimodal hearing. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 139, 1747-1755.

Oh, S., Donaldson, G.S., Kong, Y.-Y. (2016). Top-down processes in simulated electric acoustic hearing: the effect of linguistic context on bimodal benefit for temporally interrupted speech. Ear and Hearing, 37, 582-592.

Donaldson, G.S., Rogers, C.L., Johnson, L.B., and Oh, S. (2015). Vowel identification by cochlear implant users: contributions of duration cues and dynamic spectral cues. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 138, 65-73.

Kong, Y.-Y., Donaldson, G., and Mullangi, A. (2015). Effect of contextual cues on simulations of cochlear implant and bimodal hearing. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 137, 2846-2857.

Donaldson, G. S., Rogers, C. L., Cardenas, E. S., Russell, B. A. & Hanna, N. H. (2013). Vowel identification by cochlear implant users: Contributions of static and dynamic spectral cues. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 134 (4), 3021-3028.

Title: Interim Department Chair
Department: Department of Social Work

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