Douglas Whalen appointed to the Graduate Center
Distinguished Professor, Ph.D. Program in Speech–Language–Hearing Sciences
Douglas Whalen joined the faculty in spring 2011. As current vice president of research at the Yale-affiliated Haskins Laboratory, where he has been a researcher for thirty years, he is one of the world’s leading scientists in the fields of speech and phonetics. The central theme of Whalen’s research is the interrelation of speech perception and speech production, and how the two constitute a single system and cannot be understood in isolation from one another. His work addresses a wide variety of populations (from developing infants being raised in different language environments to adult speakers of American English and Native American languages) and techniques (including behavioral approaches, MRI, ultrasound imaging of the tongue, and electromyography). He was recently a program officer at the National Science Foundation, overseeing two major programs, Documenting Endangered Languages and Cognitive Neuroscience, and is the founder and president of the Endangered Language Fund, a foundation sponsoring research on the documentation of dying languages. Whalen also serves as associate editor of the Journal of Phonetics, and in 2008 he was elected a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the discipline. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University.
Photo: Courtesy of Haskins Laboratories, Inc., Yale University
Submitted on: JAN 1, 2011