Diana Emanuel, Ph.D.




Contact Info

VB 105


Ph.D. Communication Disorders, Pennsylvania State University, 1993
M.S. Communication Disorders, Pennsylvania State University, 1990
B.S. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Towson State University, 1988

Areas of Expertise

Professional Issues
Hearing Science
Program development & accreditation
DEI issues in CSD


Dr. Emanuel has been a professor at Towson University for 30 years. Her professional passions include teaching students, mentoring faculty in teaching and leadership, program development, and research. She created the first doctorate program in the history of Towson University, and served as its director for 17 years. She then served as department chairperson for 8 years. In 2009, she published a textbook called Hearing Science to support a course she had taught since her first year at Towson University. She created a video training series called Pure Tone Hearing Screening in Schools, to support school-based audiologists and support staff. In 2011, Dr. Emanuel received the University System of Maryland Regent's Award for Excellence in teaching. Her current research focus is The Lived Experience of the Audiologist project. This project includes interviews and surveys to explore audiology professional issues including occupational stress, practice changes as a result of changes in hearing healthcare, and audiologists' perceptions of their changing profession. 

Certification & Licensure

  • Maryland State Licensure in Audiology

Recent Publications

  • Emanuel, D. C. & Wince, J. (2024, March/April). Do audiologists react well to change? Audiology Today, 36(2), 13- (Invited, editor-reviewed article)
  • Ringgold, I., & Emanuel, D. C. (2024). The minority student mentoring group (MSMG) for CSD students: Perspectives, goals, and outcomes six years after inception. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders, 8(1), Article 6. https://doi.org/10.61403/2689-6443.1303
  • Ismen, K. & Emanuel, D. C. (2023). Auditory processing disorder: Protocols and controversy. American Journal of Audiology, 32(3), 614-639. http://doi.org/10.1044/2023_AJA-23-00035
  • Kammerer, K., Emanuel, D. C., Kubitz, K., & Pitts, D. (2022). Is loud music in fitness classes a motivator or demotivator? Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 7, 1819-1827. http://doi.lorg/10.1044/2022_PERSP-22-00081
  • Stoup, J., Emanuel, D. C., Kozlowski, A., & Peitsch, K. (2022). Audiology clinical practice patterns in acoustic reflex testing. American Journal of Audiology, 31, 1222-1231. http://doi.org/10.1044/2022_AJA-22-00070
  • Ventura, T. R., Emanuel, D. C., Hildebrand, E., & Kozlowski, A. (2022). Bug-in-ear technology as a clinical teaching tool for Au.D. education: A pilot study. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders, 6(3). https://ir.library.illinoisstate.edu/tlcsd/vol6/iss3/7/ 
  • Wince, J., Emanuel, D. C., Hendy, N., & Reed, N. (2022). Change resistance and clinical practice strategies in audiology. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 33(5), 293-300. https://doi.org/10.1055/a-1840-9737
  • Emanuel, D. C. (2022, April 11). 20Q: Occupational stress and audiologists. Audiology Online. https://www.audiologyonline.com/articles/20q-occupational-stress-and-audiologists-28159
  • Emanuel, D. C. (2022, July). What lived experience stories tell us about audiology’s evolution and future changes. The Hearing Journal, 75(7), 24-25.
  • Zimmer, M., Emanuel, D. C., & Reed, N. S. (2022). Burnout in US audiologists. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. Advance online publication. http://10.1055/s-0041-1735253.
  • Emanuel, D. C. (2021). The Lived Experience of the Audiologist: Connections Between Past, Present, and Future. American Journal of Audiology, 30, 994-1009. https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_AJA-20-00185
  • Emanuel, D. C. (2021). Occupational stress in US audiologists. American Journal of Audiology, 30, 1010-1022.  https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_AJA-20-00211
  • Emanuel, D. C. (2019). Acoustic reflex threshold (ART) teaching strategies for clinical preceptors [Recorded Webinar]. Audiology Online, Course #33109. https://www.audiologyonline.com/audiology-ceus/course/acoustic-reflex-threshold-art-teaching-33109
  • Fallon, K. A., & Emanuel, D. C. (2018). Journey of change: A summative assessment transformation. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders, 3(1), 1-13.
  • McDermott, E. E., Smart, J. L., Boiano, J. A., Bragg, L. E., Colon, T. N., Hanson, E. M., Emanuel, D. C. & Kelly, A. S. (2016). Assessing auditory processing abilities in typically developing school-aged children. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 27(2), 72-84.
  • Emanuel, D. C., Marczewski, C., Nagle, S., & Fallon, K. (2015). Survey of auditory processing protocols and perceptions of speech-language pathologists in comparison with perceptions of audiologists. Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders, 42, 110-121.
  • Emanuel, D. C. (2013). Back to basics: Hearing science concepts as a foundation for clinical audiology [Recorded Webinar], Audiology Online, Course #23116. http://www.audiologyonline.com/audiology-ceus/course/back-to-basics-hearing-science-23116
  • Emanuel, D. C., Keesling, G., & Budur, C. R. (2013). The value of national certification in audiology. International Journal of Arts and Commerce, 2(3), 81-94.
  • Emanuel, D. C., Robinson, C. G., & Korczak, P. (2013). Development of a formative and summative assessment system for Au.D. Education. American Journal of Audiology, 22, 14-25.
  • Taylor, E. J., & Emanuel, D. C. (2013). Assessment of the efficacy of a hearing screening program for college students. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 24, 607-15.
  • Emanuel, D. C., Smart, J. Bernhard, S., & McDermott, E. (2013, July/August). CAP, (C)AP, AP: What’s up with the “C”? Audiology Today, 25 (4), 24-29.
  • Cooper, S., Emanuel, D. C., & Cripps, J. (2012). Deaf studies alumni perceptions of the academic program and off-campus internship. American Annals of the Deaf, 157 (4), 373-385.
  • Emanuel, D. C., Alterman, M., Betner, M., & Book, R. (2012). Development of a video for pure tone hearing screening in schools. Journal of Educational Audiology, 17, 62-76.
  • Emanuel, D. C., Donai, J. J., & Araj, C. F. (2012). The awareness of the profession of audiology among entering college students. American Journal of Audiology, 21, 41-50.
  • Emanuel, D. C., Henson, O. E. C., & Knapp, R. (2012). Survey of audiological immittance practices. American Journal of Audiology, 21, 60-75.
  • Emanuel, D. C. (2011, October 31). Clinical value of acoustic reflex decay testing. Audiology Online. http://www.audiologyonline.com/askexpert/display_question.asp?question_id=774
  • Emanuel, D. C., Ficca, K., & Korczak, P. (2011). Survey of the diagnosis and management of auditory processing disorders. American Journal of Audiology, 20, 48-60. https://doi.org/10.1044/1059-0889(2011/10-0019)
  • Norin, J., Emanuel, D. C., & Letowski, T. (2011). The effect of level-dependent hearing protection devices on speech communication in low-level background noise. Ear & Hearing, 32(5), 642-649. https://doi.org/10.1097/AUD.0b013e31821478c8.
  • Toll, L. E., Emanuel, D. C., & Letowski, T. (2011). Effect of static force on bone conduction thresholds and comfort. International Journal of Audiology, 50 (9), 632-635.  https://doi.org/10.3109/14992027.2011.568013
  • Emanuel, D. C. & Letowski, T. R. (2009). Hearing Science. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
  • Emanuel, D. C., Maroonroge, S., & Letowski, T. R. (2009). Auditory function. In C.E. Rash, M.B. Russo, T.R. Letowski, & E.T. Schmeisser (Eds.), Helmet-mounted displays: Sensation, perception, and cognition issues (pp. 307-332). Fort Rucker, AL: U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory.
  • Maroonroge, S., Emanuel, D. C., & Letowski, T. R. (2009). Basic anatomy of the hearing system. In C.E. Rash, M.B. Russo, T.R. Letowski, & E.T. Schmeisser (Eds.), Helmet-mounted displays: Sensation, perception, and cognition issues (pp. 279-306). Fort Rucker, AL: U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory.

Current Studies within the Lived Experience of the Audiologist Project

Doctoral Student Project
Bresett, M. Occupational Stress in US Audiologists: Examination of Personality Traits
Golding, A. The Academic and Clinical Experiences of Doctor of Audiology Students who Identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
Goodman, R. The Impact of COVID-19 and Practice Location on Audiologists’ Use of Telepractice and Direct-to-Consumer Technology.
Gricoski, L. A Comparative Study on the Effects of Student Debt Stress in Different Healthcare Professions
Machak, M. Leaving the Profession of Audiology: Exploratory Analysis
Katz, A. School-life Balance of Mothers in Doctor of Audiology Programs
Lienemen, G. Student Debt Stress in Different Health Care Professions
Martino, N. How Origin Pathway Connects with Job Satisfaction and Perceptions of Change and the Future of the Profession
Simmons, A. An Examination of Demographics, Cultural Competency, and Implicit Race Bias Amongst Audiologists.
Weber, K. Qualitative analysis of audiologists’ social media communication: Future impact on the audiology profession

On-line Tutorial

Pure Tone Hearing Screening in Schools Video Training