Patricia Dorn - 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award

BA '81 Audiology

Patricia DornPatricia A. Dorn, PhD, a Michigan native, began a life-long interest in serving people with disabilities at an early age, when as a Kinawa Middle School student she volunteered at The Beekman Center in Lansing, MI. This interest eventually led to her becoming an audiologist and serving those with hearing impairment in a variety of clinical and research settings.

Today Dr. Dorn is Interim Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, which is in the Office of Research and Development of the Veterans Health Administration, in Department of Veterans Affairs.

As Director, she is responsible for the intramural research program dedicated to advancing all rehabilitation needs of America's Veterans. The breadth of this program is unique in the United States, in that it covers all aspects of recovery from physical and mental health needs to social reintegration. This research service currently operates with an annual budget of over $90 million dollars. As Director, she is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, one of the major scientific peer-reviewed journals for the rehabilitation research community.

Dr. Dorn earned a baccalaureate degree from Michigan State University in speech and hearing science. She attended the Ohio State University to obtain her MA in audiology and Purdue University for her doctorate in audiology and hearing science. She completed a clinical internship in Audiology at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

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