Jessica Messersmith, PhD
Many words describe Jessica – educator, clinician, advocate, scientist. A professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Dakota, she gives people the power and knowledge they need to make informed decisions and advocate for themselves and others with hearing loss. Through her research, Jessica demonstrates how specific techniques hinder or improve the experiences of pediatric patients. She served as lead author on “AAA Clinical Practice Guideline: Cochlear Implants” and as lead investigator for grants addressing newborn screening, intervention and follow-up. In addition to her clinical and teaching duties, twice each year, Jessica travels with audiology students to western South Dakota to hold pediatric hearing clinics in underserved areas.