The Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR) is pleased to announce the selection of Rachael Frush Holt, PhD, CCC-A, as the next editor-in-chief of the Hearing section of the journal. Dr. Holt will begin her term on January 1, 2024, succeeding Peggy Nelson, PhD, CCC-A. Dr. Holt is a professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at The Ohio State University, where she serves as Associate Director of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and is a courtesy professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the university’s College of Medicine.

Dr. Holt’s Background

Dr. Holt earned a master’s degree in audiology in 1999 and a PhD in Hearing Science in 2003, both at the University of Minnesota. She completed an NIH post-doctoral fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine from 2003-2005. She has mentored undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students and has taught university courses for more than 20 years.

Dr. Holt has authored or co-authored more than 45 articles since 2005, including more than 15 published in JSLHR. Her research interests include speech perception, language, neurocognitive function, and psychosocial development in children with typical hearing and those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and use cochlear implants or hearing aids.

Dr. Holt served as an editorial board member for JSLHR from 2017 through 2019 and was appointed as an editor for the Hearing section for 2020–2022.


JSLHR publishes peer-reviewed research and other scholarly articles on the typical and disordered processes in speech, language, hearing, and related areas. Articles are published in Speech, Language, and Hearing sections, each with their own roster of editors and editorial board members.

JSLHR (published as JSHR from 1958 through 1996) is ASHA’s largest journal and its oldest, with the Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders—begun in 1936—having been merged into the journal in 1991. Explore more than 85 years of published research in the JSLHR and JSHD archives, or check out the latest issue.

Dr. Holt can be reached at She welcomes your input and suggestions on how JSLHR can best serve the audiology and hearing science community—and the discipline of communication sciences and disorders at large.