Karen Helfer

Associate Dean for Graduate, Postdoctoral, and Faculty Development

Associate Dean for Graduate, Postdoctoral, and Faculty Development
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107A Stockbridge Hall
80 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003

Karen Helfer is professor and former chair of the Department of Communication Disorders in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. She was a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow in the Office of Faculty Development during the 2019-2020 academic year. Her research program, which is funded by NIH-NIDCD, focuses on how aging affects speech perception in complex listening situations with multiple talkers. Helfer has a special interest in studying changes in speech understanding and listening effort that occur early in the aging process (i.e., in middle-aged adults) and is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.