Company: Montclair State University
Location: Bloomfield, NJ, United States
With an interest in the health profession and desire to educate future students to become professionals in their fields, Dr. Janet Koehnke combined her two passions and has been working in an educational capacity since 1977. Dr. Koehnke specializes in psychoacoustics and binaural and spatial hearing, and started her career as an audiologist. As she expanded her skill set, Dr. Koehnke gained a reputation as an expert in her field.
She joined Montclair State University in 2005 and, in less than a decade, has developed and sustained the audiology program at the university. After the only audiology doctoral program in the state of New Jersey closed, Dr. Koehnke decided that students needed a place where they could finish their education. The program has assisted countless students in attaining the necessary education in order to become involved in audiology. Dr. Koehnke is also responsible for overseeing the day-to-day function of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, conducting research in binaural and spatial hearing, teaching audiology, psychoacoustics and professional writing to graduate students, mentoring student research, and mentoring students in teaching practicum.
Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Koehnke served in a variety of roles at prominent educational institutions across the United States. She was an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University, teaching fellow at Harvard University, adjunct assistant professor at Boston University and the University of New Hampshire, and visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Koehnke also worked for the University of Connecticut, Louisiana State University, and Seton Hall University.
Aside from teaching, Dr. Koehnke focuses on her research and writing. She has written various articles, including “A Procedure for Testing Speech Intelligibility in a Virtual Listening Environment,” which was published in Ear & Hearing. She also wrote “Level Effects on Binaural Tasks: Interaural Time Discrimination and Intensity Discrimination,” published in the American Journal of Audiology in 2004. In addition, her article “Effects of Frequency Disparity on Gap Duration Discrimination in Older Listeners” appeared in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and “Effects of Hearing Loss on Echo Thresholds” appeared in Ear and Hearing in 2002. In 2011 her paper, “The effects of reverberation on speech perception in sound field multi-talker tests conducted in audiology clinic” was published in the Archives of Acoustics. Dr. Koehnke has also been tapped as the keynote speaker at meetings and conferences, and received numerous grants over the course of her career.
Dr. Koehnke holds a New Jersey audiology license and a certificate of clinical competence in audiology through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, and earned a Ph.D. in communication science at the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in audiology at SUNY Geneseo, and a Bachelor of Science in communication science at University of Massachusetts Amherst.