Walton, Joseph, Ph.D.

Walton, Joseph, Ph.D.

Dr. Walton currently holds the title of Professor in the departments of Communication Sciences & Disorders and Aging Studies, and also holds a joint appointment in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. He is an Associate Director at the Global Center of Speech and Hearing Research a joint program of the Colleges of Behavioral & Community Sciences and Engineering. He obtained his PhD in Auditory Neuroscience, his MA in Hearing Science/Audiology and BA in Communication Sciences from the University of Florida. He was awarded a VA fellowship in Audiology which was completed at the Gainesville VA Hospital. Up until last year, Dr. Walton had been a faculty member for 25 years in the Otolaryngology & Audiology, and Neurobiology & Anatomy Departments at the University of Rochester Medical School, Rochester, New York. His research has been funded over 15 years by a National Institutes of Health Program Project Grant which studies the neural bases of age-related hearing loss. His laboratory is currently involved in three areas of study, i) identification of neurons within the auditory pathway specialized for extracting rapid acoustic events, ii) elucidating age-related changes in neural processing of complex auditory signals presented in degraded acoustic environments, and iii) neural plasticity following exposure to an enriched auditory environment in a mouse model of congenital hearing loss.

B.A. (Auditory Neuroscience) University of Florida 1976
M.A. (Hearing Science/ Audiology) University of Florida 1982

Ph.D. (Auditory Physiology)

University of Florida 1984

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