The Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR) is pleased to announce the selection of Peggy Nelson, PhD, CCC-A, as a new editor-in-chief for the publication. Dr. Nelson will begin her term as editor-in-chief of the Hearing section of JSLHR on January 1, 2021, replacing Frederick (Erick) Gallun, PhD.

Dr. Nelson is a professor in the department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on audiology, hearing loss, hearing aid signal processing, psychoacoustics, and speech perception.

Dr. Nelson’s Background

Dr. Nelson received her Master of Science in Speech (Audiology) from Kansas State University (1982) and her PhD in Audiology from Kansas State University (1991).

As an author, her articles and patents have been cited more than 2,000 times, and her articles have received the Editor’s Award for the American Journal of Audiology in 2003 and 2004 and the Outstanding Contribution Award for the ASHA Leader in 2011. She served as an associate editor for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS) from 2001 to 2004 and for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR) from 2005 to 2008. Dr. Nelson also served as a member of the ASHA Publications Board from 2008 through 2010.

An active researcher, Dr. Nelson has served as the inaugural director of the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science since 2015, which focuses on studying sensory deficits such as low vision and hearing loss. Since 2007, she has worked on more than 20 research projects and grants at the University of Minnesota, eight of which are currently active.

Dr. Nelson previously served as chair of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Services at the University of Minnesota (2008–2015). She became an ASHA Fellow in 2010.

Dr. Nelson can be reached via email at She welcomes your input and suggestions on how the Hearing section of JSLHR can best serve the audiology and hearing science community, and the discipline of communication sciences and disorders at large.