Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Sarah Hargus Ferguson, Ph.D., CCC-A

Sarah Ferguson
Faculty Position

Assistant Professor of Audiology

Contact Information 

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Utah
390 South 1530 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Office: 801-585-6776
Lab: 801-585-0036
Email: sarah.ferguson@hsc.utah.edu

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Audiology and Cognitive Science, Indiana University

  • M.A., Audiology, University of Maryland at College Park

  • B.A., Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland at College Park

Professional Credentials

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Professional Experience

  • 2010- Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Utah

  • 2010 Research Associate, Schiefelbusch Institute of Life Span Studies, University of Kansas

  • 2002-2010 Assistant Professor, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders, University of Kansas

  • 2001 Associate Instructor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University

  • 1999-2000 Supervising Audiologist, Benton-IU Project, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University

  • 1998-2002 Research Assistant, Speech Psychophysics Laboratory, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University

  • 1995-1997 Research and Clinical Audiologist, Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center

  • 1994-1995 Research and Clinical Audiologist, Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina

Grants

  • Co- Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Human-Centered Computing Medium Collaborative Research Grant: Making Conversational Speech More Intelligible, to be submitted September 2013 (Award total: Award total: $1,200,000).
  • Investigator, National Institutes of Health R01 Research Project Grant (NIDCD): Gender Differences and Speech Accommodation in Occupational Settings, PI: Eric J. Hunter, 2013-2018 (Award total: $2,753,900.00).
  • Principal Investigator, University of Kansas General Research Fund Award: Intelligibility of foreign-accented speech in noise, 2008-2009 (Award total: $1790.40)
  • Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health R03 Small Grant Award (DC008886): Acoustic correlates of clear speech, 2007-2010 (Award total: $320,641)
  • Principal Investigator, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award, 2004- 2005 (Award total: $5000)
  • Principal Investigator, University of Kansas New Faculty Research Fund Award: Talker differences in clear and conversational speech intelligibility for elderly hearing-impaired listeners, 2003 –2004 (Award total: $7700)
  • Principal Investigator, American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Student Research Award in Audiology: Vowels in Clear and Conversational Speech, 1999 (Award total: $2,000)

Publications

  • Ferguson, S.H. Acoustic and perceptual correlates of subjectively rated sentence clarity in clear and conversational speech. In preparation for Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
  • Ferguson, S.H. & Kewley-Port, D.  The role of duration in the clear speech vowel intelligibility benefit for young normal-hearing and elderly hearing-impaired listeners. In preparation for Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
  • Ferguson, S.H. & Quené, H. Acoustic correlates of vowel intelligibility in clear and conversational speech for young normal-hearing and elderly hearing-impaired listeners. Under review for Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
  • Hunter, E.J. & Ferguson, S.H. Listener judgments of age in a single-talker 48-year longitudinal sample. Under review for Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.
  • Oder, A., Clopper, C.G., & Ferguson, S.H. (2013) Effects of dialect on vowel acoustics and intelligibility. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 43, 23-35.
  • Lobdell, A., Dansie, J., & Ferguson, S.H. (2013) Cochlear implants: Five things we wish we had known. Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, 20, 14-21.
  • LaPierre, T.A., Ferguson, S.H., & Jiregna, M.M. (2012) Hearing loss in late life: How couples cope. Journal of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, 45, 75-97.
  • Ferguson, S.H. (2012). Talker differences in clear and conversational speech: Vowel intelligibility for listeners with hearing loss. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55, 779-790.
  • Kain, A., Hosom, J.-P., Ferguson, S.H. & Bush, B. (2011). Creating a speech corpus with semispontaneous, parallel conversational and clear speech. Technical Report CSLU-11-003, Oregon Health & Science University.
  • Ferguson, S.H., Poore, M.A., & Shrivastav, R. Acoustic correlates of reported clear speech strategies. (2010). Journal of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, 43. 45-64.
  • Bent, T., Kewley-Port, D., & Ferguson, S.H. (2010). The influence of across-talker differences on non-native listeners' vowel perception. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128, 3142-3151.
  • Ferguson, S.H., Jongman, A., Sereno, J.A., & Keum, K.A. (2010). Intelligibility of foreign-accented speech for older adults with and without hearing loss. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 21, 153-162.
  • Ferguson, S.H. & Kerr, E.E. (2009). Subjective ratings of sentences in clear and conversational speech. Journal of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, 42, 51-66.
  • Poore, M., & Ferguson, S.H. (2008). Prosodic modifications in choral reading. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 22, 13-22.
  • Ferguson, S.H., & Kewley-Port, D. (2007). Talker differences in clear and conversational speech: Acoustic characteristics of vowels. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 50, 1241-1255.
  • Ferguson, S.H., & Lee, J. (2006). Vowel intelligibility in clear and conversational speech for cochlear implant users: A preliminary study. Journal of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, 39, 1-16.
  • Ferguson, S.H. (2004). Talker differences in clear and conversational speech: Vowel intelligibility for normal-hearing listeners. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 116, 2365-2373.
  • Ferguson, S.H. & Kewley-Port, D. (2002). Vowel intelligibility in clear and conversational speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 112, 259-271.
  • Formby, C.C., Sherlock, L.P. & Ferguson, S.H. (2000). Enhancement of the edges of temporal masking functions by complex patterns of overshoot and undershoot. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 107, 2169-2187.
  • Hargus, S.E. & Gordon-Salant, S. (1995). Accuracy of speech intelligibility index predictions for noise-masked young listeners with normal hearing and for elderly listeners with hearing impairment. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 38, 234-243.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Ferguson, S.H., Hunter, E.J., Mellum, C.A., & Rogers, L.R. (2013, June). Listener judgments of age in a single-talker 48-year longitudinal sample. 21st International Congress on Acoustics/165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Montreal, Canada.
  • Ferguson, S.H., & Quené, H. (2012, October). Acoustic correlates of vowel intelligibility in clear and conversational speech for young normal-hearing and elderly hearing-impaired listeners. 164th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Kansas City, MO.
  • Ferguson, S.H. (2012, September). Talker differences in clear and conversational speech: Subjective ratings of sentence clarity. Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology Institute, Providence, RI.
  • Ferguson, S.H., Widener, T.D., & Mackey, T. (2011, May). Effects of talker experience on perceived clarity and acoustic features of clear versus conversational speech. 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Seattle, WA.
  • LaPierre, T.A., Ferguson, S.H., & Jiregna, M.M. (2010, November). How couples cope with hearing loss in later life: Lessons learned from a qualitative pilot study. Gerontological Society of American Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • Ferguson, S.H., & Kewley-Port, D. (2010, September). The role of duration in the clear speech vowel intelligibility benefit. 44th Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology Institute, San Francisco, CA.
  • Ferguson, S.H. (2010, April). Acoustic correlates of clear speech vowel intelligibility for elderly hearing-impaired listeners. 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Baltimore, MD.
  • Ferguson, S.H. (2009, November). Perception of foreign-accented speech by older adults. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Baldwin, A.B., Ferguson, S.H., & Williams, K. (2009, October). Subjective ratings of foreign-accented speech by older and younger adults.  Aging and Speech Communication: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Bloomington, IN.
  • Ferguson, S.H. (2009, October). Acoustic correlates of clear speech vowel intelligibility for elderly hearing-impaired listeners. Aging and Speech Communication: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Bloomington, IN.
  • Ferguson, S.H. (2009, September). What makes clear vowels clear for normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners. 43rd Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology Institute, Bettendorf, IA.
  • Ferguson, S.H., Keum, K.A., Jongman, A., & Sereno, J.A. (2009, May). Intelligibility of foreign-accented speech in noise for younger and older adults. 157th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Portland, OR.
  • Munson, B, Ferguson, S.H., & Connealy, C.L.. (2009, May). Perceived sexual orientation and speech style: A perceptual and acoustic analysis of intentionally clear and conversational speech. 157th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Portland, OR.
  • Oder, A.L., Ferguson, S.H., & Clopper, C.G. (2009, May). Effects of dialect on vowel acoustics and intelligibility. 157th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Portland, OR.
  • Ferguson, S.H., & Kerr, E.E. (2008, November). Subjective ratings of clear versus conversational speech. 156th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Miami, FL
  • Misgana, M.C., LaPierre, T.A., & Ferguson, S.H. (2008, September). The Impact of Hearing Loss on Marital Relationships in Late Life. 42nd Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology Institute, Portland, OR.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology
  • Acoustical Society of America
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • ASHA Special Interest Division 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation
  • Hearing Loss Association of America