Candidate for Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Audiology: Jeffrey J. DiGiovanni, CCC-A

Jeffrey J. DiGiovanni

Jeffrey J. DiGiovanni, PhD, CCC-A, is chief clinical officer (CCO) and associate professor in the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University, Athens. His primary research area involves illuminating the relationship between attentional and working memory mechanisms and auditory performance. He teaches audiology courses for graduate and undergraduate students. He also teaches interprofessional courses to selected students from a variety of disciplines to develop competencies in team performance.

As CCO, DiGiovanni’s primary objectives include the following: (a) developing new models of clinical partnerships to not only secure clinical placements for the 14 clinical programs in the College but also augment the training with facility-specific interprofessional curricula; (b) developing and implementing simulation and virtual reality for interprofessional training, and (c) creating an interprofessional curriculum for students in the health professions.

DiGiovanni has long been a friend to ASHA. He has been invited to a number of national ASHA conferences, ASHA Conventions, and various state conventions. Moreover, he has participated as an ASHA Convention reviewer and has published numerous articles in the ASHA journals. More formally, he served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Audiology from 2008 to 2011. He served on the ASHA Audiology Advisory Council for two terms (2011–2013 and 2014–2016) and served as a program representative to the ASHA-sponsored AuD Summit in 2016.

DiGiovanni received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his master’s and doctoral degrees in audiology and communication disorders (hearing science/psychoacoustics), respectively, from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

Twenty years ago, the debate was settled: the AuD is the entry-level degree for audiology. We wisely continue to ask, “What is the best training model for doctoral-level audiologists?” As if our internal forces weren’t challenging enough, external forces have created a seemingly impossible problem to solve. With rapid changes in health care legislation as well as new technologies ushering in new training and practice models, envisaging the future workplace is difficult. Last year, ASHA organized a think-tank discussion to explore this very issue. While a fantastic experience, it was the first step in many to determine how to poise audiology to ensure its best future in the health care arena. Facilitating these next steps with my ASHA colleagues will be my top priority.

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