Jennifer Gilligan is a student in the Audiology Program and is training to become an Audiologist. Jennifer graduated Summa cum laude from SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders and a minor in Deaf Studies. She was the recipient of the SUNY New Paltz School of Liberal Arts & Sciences "Outstanding Graduate Award". Jennifer joined the CUNY GC Au.D program in 2012, and is the recipient of the Brooklyn College "Graduate Award in Audiology".
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Jennifer also holds an Associate Degree in Art and Design from the London College of Fashion. An American citizen born and raised in London, UK, her initial career path was managing fine and commercial art galleries in London, NYC and across the United States. In 2002, Jennifer's father suffered a debilitating stroke which left him with global expressive aphasia. He was unable to speak and was paralyzed. In caring for her father full-time, Jennifer was introduced to the science of communication disorders and decided to pursue a career in it. Jennifer's fervent advocacy for people with hearing, language and cognitive impairments is dedicated to the memory of her father, who died in 2007 of a further brain hemorrhage at the age of 59.
During her course of doctoral study, Jennifer has focused her research and clinical interests around the audiological rehabilitation and counseling of older adults, utilizing the fundamental principles of Health Literacy and Patient-Centered Care. In addition to classes and ongoing research, she completed a full-time Audiology Traineeship at the Manhattan VA hospital as well as an externship at a leading Manhattan non-profit organization, each focusing on populations with dual-sensory impairment, PTSD and dementia.
Jennifer recently authored a peer-reviewed article on the topic of Health Literacy with faculty member Barbara Weinstein which was published in the Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies and Hearing Aids (2014). She has been invited to present research seminars and poster sessions at the American Academy of Audiology and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual conventions. Jennifer was also invited to collaborate on an international project for the non-profit Ida Institute based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The goal of the project was to develop curricula for Higher Education and Hearing Healthcare Providers, and the online course debuted in Summer 2015. In June 2015 Jennifer received the Recognition Award for her presentation at the 9th Annual Evidence-Based Practice Poster Day from CUNY Hunter College.
Jennifer is currently completing her clinical Audiology residency year at a private practice in Goshen, where she enjoys serving her local community. She is also an adjunct professor of undergraduate Hearing Science at her alma mater, SUNY New Paltz. Jennifer thoroughly enjoys teaching at the university level and intends to pursue a career in academia as well as in practicing Audiology. Her goals are to continue with contributions to the field, and to share her passions with the next generation. Her favorite things about the Graduate Center Au.D. program are the rigorous academic standards of faculty and the opportunities for pursuing research.