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Donna L. Neff, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist III and Director, Auditory Perception Laboratory


  • B.S., University of Nebraska at Omaha. Major: Psychology, 1976
  • M.S., University of Nebraska at Omaha. Major: Experimental Psychology, 1979
  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Major: Experimental Psychology, 1983
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Psychophysics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1984

Professional Affiliations:

  • Acoustical Society of America
  • American Auditory Society
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Areas of Expertise/Interests:

  • Psychoacoustics: behavioral measures of auditory processing for normal hearing listeners and listeners with cochlear implants.
  • Using detection and discrimination tasks with uncertain stimuli to better understand auditory selective attention in normal hearing children and adults.
  • Using non-speech pattern recognition tasks to better understand music perception abilities and limitations for adult and children with cochlear implants.
  • Determining the degree to which children and adults with normal hearing and with cochlear implants can use various sound properties to separate target sounds from competing background sounds.
  • Determining the contribution of central auditory processes in the large individual differences observed in cochlear-implant performance to develop better predictive measures of real-world performance

Most Recent Publications:

Neff, D.L. & Odgaard, E.C. (2004). Sample discrimination of frequency differences with distracters. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 116(5), 3051-3061.

Jesteadt, W., Schairer, K.S. & Neff, D.L. (2005). Effect of variability in level on forward masking and on increment detection,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 118(1), 325-337.

Leibold, L.J. & Neff, D.L. (2007). Effects of masker-spectral variability and masker fringes in children and adults. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 121(6), 3666-3676.