Sheila Pratt, PhD

Veterans Health Foundation

Sheila Pratt, PhD

Dr. Sheila Pratt has a research appointment in the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center in the VAPHS. Her interests include the impact of hearing loss on speech perception, speech production, and language processing across the lifespan. Her research at the VA Pittsburgh Health System includes studies investigating the impact of hearing loss on language processing in people with aphasia and how adults with hearing loss use multimodal phonetic contextual cues. She also has worked with colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh examining the nature of aging, hearing loss and other health-related factors. Her current research is focused on the hearing and auditory disorders experienced by blast-exposed Veterans and their treatment with mild-gain hearing aids.


Communication Science & Disorders, University of Pittsburgh

What are the 3 most important questions that define your research program?

  1. How does hearing loss impact speech and language perception in aging adults?
  2. In what ways does hearing loss impact speech and language perception in adults with brain injury?
  3. What factors and mechanisms influence multisensory integration in aging adults with and without hearing loss?

What are five key words that best describe your areas of interest?

  1. Hearing Loss
  2. Aging
  3. Brain Injury
  4. Speech
  5. Language

What are up to 5 technologies, models, methods, analytical approaches, or other forms of expertise that characterize your research program?

  1. Audiometric Assessment Procedures
  2. Speech Perception Testing
  3. Computerized Revised Token Test
  4. Shifted Auditory Feedback
  5. Cognitive Assessment Procedures