The American Journal of Audiology (AJA) is pleased to announce the selection of Erin Picou, PhD, as the new editor-in-chief of the publication. Dr. Picou will begin her term on January 1, 2023, succeeding Ryan McCreery, PhD.

Dr. Picou is an associate professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University. She also serves as the director of the Hearing and Affect Perception Interest (HAPI) laboratory, which studies speech recognition, listening effort, and emotional perception for adults and school-aged children.

Dr. Picou’s Background

Dr. Picou has been on AJA’s editorial board for 6 years, serving as an editorial board member from 2017 to 2019 and serving as an editor since 2020. She has authored or co-authored a dozen papers published in the ASHA journals—including not just AJA but also the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR) and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS).

Earning her doctor of audiology (AuD) degree at Vanderbilt University in 2007, Dr. Picou continued her studies and earned her PhD in 2011. She began work at the Dan Maddox Hearing Aid Research Laboratory as an AuD student, where she can still sometimes be found today. Dr. Picou also enjoys teaching and mentoring clinical and research graduate students at Vanderbilt.

Outside of the ASHA journals, Dr. Picou has contributed to more than 50 articles during her career. Her work has a combined total of more than 800 citations.

About AJA

AJA publishes peer-reviewed research and scholarly articles pertaining to clinical audiology methods and issues. AJA seeks to advance evidence-based practice by disseminating the results of new studies as well as providing a forum for critical reviews and meta-analyses of previously published work.

Continuously published since 1991, AJA now publishes issues quarterly, in addition to publishing special issues. You can read thousands of articles in AJA’s archive or check out the latest from the journal.

Dr. Erin Picou can be reached at or on Twitter @Erin_Picou. She welcomes your input and suggestions on how AJA can best serve the audiology community, and the discipline of communication sciences and disorders at large.