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Callier Center for Communication Disorders

Callier Prize in Communication Disorders

The Callier Prize in Communication Disorders is a biennial award from the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

The Callier Prize recognizes individuals from around the world for their leadership in fostering scientific advances and significant developments in the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders.

The award, which rotates among the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology, includes a $10,000 prize. The recipient receives the award at the Callier Cares Luncheon sponsored by the Foundation for the Callier Center. The recipient also presents at a special one-day Callier Prize Conference, part of the Bruton Conference Series which is made possible through a generous gift from the David J. Bruton Jr. Charitable Trust.

 Callier Prize



2019 Recipient

Dr. Steven M. Barlow

Corwin Moore Professor

Associate Director: Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior
Department of Special Education & Communication Disorders
Department of Biological Systems Engineering
Director: Communication Neuroscience Laboratories
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Dr. Steven Barlow has a broad background in biology, speech physiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, and bioengineering applied to sensorimotor neurophysiology and plasticity of orofacial systems across the lifespan in health and disease. Dr. Barlow’s work has led to numerous technological innovations (FDA-approved NTrainer, Galileo Somatosensory, TAC-stim, NeoNNS, ForceWIN) to promote translational neurotherapeutics and motor rehabilitation of orofacial systems in premature infants and adults. 



2017 Recipient

Dr. Sharon G. Kujawa
Director of Audiology Research, Eaton-Peabody Laboratories,
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Kujawa studies how aging and noise exposure can impact hearing. Her more recent research on hidden hearing loss has initiated what is widely regarded to be a paradigm shift, shaping the way researchers, clinicians, occupational, military and public health personnel think about and assess noise-induced and age-related hearing loss and inner ear injury. The work could have major implications for federal exposure guidelines designed to protect humans against noise-induced injury.

Dr. Sharon G. Kujawa


2015 Recipient

Dr. Laurence B. Leonard
Rachel E. Stark Distinguished Professor
Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Purdue University

Dr. Leonard's research is aimed at understanding the nature of specific language impairment in children. Together with his colleagues, Leonard has studied children with specific language impairment who speak such languages as English, Italian, Hebrew, Swedish, Spanish, Cantonese, Finnish, and Hungarian.

Dr. Laurence B. Leonard


2013 Recipient

Dr. Harvey Dillon
Director of Research at National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL)
Sydney, Australia

Dr. Dillon has performed research into many aspects of hearing aids. At various times he has also been responsible for the design of hearing aids and for the co-ordination of clinical service provision. Most recently, his research has concerned signal processing schemes for hearing aids, prescription of hearing aids, evaluating the effectiveness of rehabilitation, electrophysiological assessment, auditory processing disorders, and methods for preventing hearing loss.

Dr. Harvey Dillon


2011 Recipient

Dr. J. Bruce Tomblin
Spriestersbach Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Iowa

Dr. Tomblin's research has led to remarkable advances in the epidemiology, etiology, assessment and treatment of children's language disorders.

Dr. J. Bruce Tomblin


2009 Recipient

Dr. Hugh J. McDermott
Professor of Auditory Communication and
Signal Processing
The University of Melbourne
Victoria, Australia

Dr. McDermott is recognized as a leading researcher and designer of cochlear implant systems and digital hearing aids. His research has often led to the development of new or improved sound processing schemes for cochlear implants and hearing aids.

Dr. Hugh J. McDermott