Dr. Emily A. Tobey, the Nelle C. Johnston Chair in Communication Disorders in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), will present the prestigious 2006 Graham Fraser Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Royal Academy of Medicine in London. The lecture is named after a noted physician in the United Kingdom who was among the first to surgically implant devices in deaf individuals to restore aspects of their hearing.
Tobey’s presentation is titled, “Technological Advances and Societal Changes: Are a Parent’s Decisions Regarding Cochlear Implantation Getting Any Easier?” A cochlear implant is an electronic device, surgically implanted under the skin behind the ear, that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.
Tobey serves as the chair of the executive board of the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program, which is jointly sponsored by UTD and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She currently holds four research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the mentor for students holding pre- and post-doctoral awards from the NIH, as well as the mentor for students winning awards from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association for academic and research training.
Tobey, who has published more than 100 articles on cochlear implants and their impact on communication development, was recently named associate editor of the prestigious Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research.