CSD Adjunct Associate Professor Named Associate Director
Rachel McArdle, PhD, CCC-A, has been named the Associate Director of the Clinical Care, Rehabilitation, and Restoration Directorate of the Defense Hearing Center of Excellence. Dr. McArdle received her BA in CSD, her MS in Audiology from USF, and her PhD through USF's Interdisciplinary PhD program in Psychology and CSD. The Department of Defense (DOD) established the Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE) to focus on the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment and rehabilitation of hearing loss and auditory injury. The HCE was legislated by Congress in the FY 2009 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and directed to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), institutions of higher education and other appropriate public and private entities. The primary goal of the Clinical Care, Rehabilitation and Restoration Directorate is to set the standard of care, as well as provide clinical skills training and education across the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).