Dr. Claire Marcus Bernstein joined the department in 2004 as a Research Audiologist working with the RERC on Hearing Enhancement. Dr. Bernstein received her Ph.D. in Audiology from Columbia University. Her clinical, teaching, and research work over the years has focused on geriatric and rehabilitative audiology. Dr. Bernstein's current clinical research projects involve collaboration with Dr. Matthew Bakke and Dr. Harry Levitt on the development and evaluation of rehabilitation approaches to improve communication skills of adult cochlear implant users. She is also working on a project with Dr. Cynthia Compton Conley to create a new computerized communication needs assessment tool for the selection and fitting of hearing assistive technologies. In addition, Dr. Bernstein serves as an adjunct faculty member teaching the Hearing Loss and Aging class with Dr. Scott Bally.
Over the last 20 years, Dr. Bernstein has worked in private practice, hospital, and university settings with combined clinical, research, teaching, and supervisory experience. At the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Dr. Bernstein provided professional practice consultation, served as scientific coordinator for the Pediatric Audiology and Genetics Conference, and developed ASHA's first audiology e-publication, Access Audiology. She is the author of many issues on a range of clinical topics including auditory neuropathy, genetics and hearing loss, tinnitus, hearing assistive technologies, and otoprotection. Dr. Bernstein was recently invited to serve on the Academy Advisory Board of the Hearing Loss Association of America.