Brett Martin
Position: Associate Professor
Programs: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences | Audiology (Au.D)
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8810
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. CUNY Graduate Center M.A., Northwestern University B.S., Northwestern University
Research Interests: Neurophysiologic Processing of Speech, Hearing Loss, Speech Perception, Maturation

A prolific researcher, Brett Martin has received nearly $1 million in grant funding, including some $700,000 from the National Institutes of Health, for her work examining the speech perception capacity of children with hearing loss. Her research focuses on electrophysiological and behavioral indices of speech processing in individuals with normal-hearing and in individuals with hearing loss. In recent years this work has evaluated speech processing in adverse listening situations, sound processing by individuals using cochlear implants, and the development of the acoustic change complex. She is an expert in cortical auditory evoked potentials. She directs the Audiology & Auditory Evoked Potentials Laboratory at the Graduate Center. Martin has published extensively in well-regarded journals in her field, including Ear and Hearing and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and has received a number of awards for her publications. She also has presented at many national and international conferences and has reviewed grant applications for the National Science Foundation, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, the American Academy of Audiology and the National Institutes of Health.

Martin previously taught at Montclair State, Hofstra, and Seton Hall Universities. She earned a B.S. in 1984 and in 1985 an M.A. in audiology and hearing impairment, both from Northwestern University, and received her Ph.D. in speech and hearing sciences from the Graduate Center in 1997.


Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 
  • American Academy of Audiology Association for Research in Otolaryngology 
  • Acoustical Society of America

Courses Taught

  • Doctoral Research
  • Instrumentation for Research in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
  • Seminar in Hearing 
  • Audiologic Research Proposal
  • Early & Middle Latency Potentials


  • Stapells, D.R., Gravel, J.S. and Martin, B.A. (1995). Thresholds for auditory brainstem responses to tones in notched noise from infants and young children with normal hearing or sensorineural hearing loss, Ear and Hearing, 16, 361-371.
  • Martin, B.A., Sigal, A., Kurtzberg, D. and Stapells, D.R. (1997). The effects of high-pass noise masking on cortical event-related potentials to speech sounds /ba/ and /da/. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 101, 1585-1599.
  • Martin, B.A. and Boothroyd, A. (1999). Cortical, auditory, event-related potentials in response to periodic and aperiodic stimuli with the same spectral envelope. Ear and Hearing, 20, 33-44.
  • Martin, B.A., Kurtzberg, D. and Stapells, D.R. (1999). The effects of high-pass noise masking on N1 and the mismatch negativity to speech sounds /ba/ and /da/. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 42, 271-286.
  • Martin, B.A. and Boothroyd, A. (2000). Cortical, auditory, evoked potentials to changes of spectrum and amplitude. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 107, 2155-2161.
  • Martin, B.A. and Stapells, D.R. (2005). The effects of low-pass noise masking on auditory event-related potentials to speech. Ear and Hearing, 26, 195-213.
  • Martin, B.A. (2007). Can the acoustic change complex be recorded in an individual with a cochlear implant?: Separating neural responses from cochlear implant artifact. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 18, 126-140.
  • Martin, B.A., Tremblay, K. and Korczak, P. (2008). Speech-evoked potentials: From the Laboratory to the Clinic. Ear and Hearing, 29, 285-313.
  • Martin, B.A., Boothroyd, A., Ali, D. and Leach-Berth, T. (2010). Stimulus presentation strategies for eliciting the acoustic change complex: Increasing efficiency. Ear and Hearing, 31, 356-366.
  • Shafer, V.L., Schwartz, R., and Martin, B.A. (2011). Evidence of deficient central speech processing in children with specific language impairment: the T-Complex. Clinical Neurophysiology, 122(6), 1137-1155.
  • Tan, C-T., Guo, B., Martin, B. and Svirsky, M. (2012). Behavioral and physiological measure for pitch matching between electrical and acoustical stimulation in cochlear implant patients. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131(4), 3388.
  • Svirsky, M., Fitzgerald, M.B., Neuman, A., Sagi, E., Tan, C-T., Ketten, D., and Martin, B. (2012). Current and planned cochlear implant research at New York University Laboratory For Translational Auditory Research, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 23 (6), 1-15.
  • Wagner, M., Shafer, V. Martin, B. and Steinschneider, M. (2012). The phonotactic influence on perception of a consonant cluster /pt/ by native-English and native-Polish listeners: A behavioral and event-related potential (ERP) study. Brain and Language, 123, 30-41.
  • Wagner, M., Shafer, V.L., Martin, B. and Steinschneider, M. (2013). The effect of native-language experience on the sensory-obligatory components, the P1-N1-P2 and the T-complex. Brain Research, 1522, 31-37.
  • Wagner, M., Roychoudhury, A., Campanelli, L., Shafer, V.L., Martin, B., Steinschneider, M. (2016). Representation of spectro-temporal features of spoken words within the P1-N1-P2 and T-complex of the auditory evoked potentials (AEP). Neuroscience Letters, 614, 119-126. DOI: 10.1016.
  • Tan, C.T., Martin, B.A., and Svirsky, M. (2017). Pitch matching between electrical stimulation of a cochlear implant and acoustic stimuli presented to a contralateral ear with residual hearing. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 28(3), 187-199 DOI: 10.3766/jaaa.15063.
  • Tan, C.T., Martin, B.A., and Svirsky, M.A. (2018). A potential neurophysiologic correlate of electric-acoustic pitch matching in adult cochlear implant users: Pilot data. Cochlear Implants International, March 6, 1-12 DOI 10.1080/14670100.2018.1442126.