Past Members

Since it was established in 2001, the National Centre for Audiology has been home to some of the field's most influential scientists. The success of the NCA was shaped by many scholars who are no longer members of the NCA, but will forever be remembered as having shaped the future of teaching and research in the area of hearing science.


Mary Beth Jennings

Mary Beth JenningsHailing from Sudbury, Ontario, Dr. Jennings completed undergraduate studies in Psychology (Laurentian), clinical studies in Audiology (Western), and her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences (Western). Throughout her life she maintained a wide range of international friendships and collaborations, and rich interests in music, figure skating, cooking, plants, and shared her life with her partner Craig. Mary Beth passed away in 2020 and is greatly missed. Her full obituary is available here.

Dr. Jennings was our resident expert in providing aural rehabilitation services for adults with hearing loss, family-centred care and counselling, and accessibility from a number of perspectives. Her clinical work was devoted to these areas during her 12 years of clinical service at the Canadian Hearing Society, and she masterfully translated her clinical expertise to her teaching and program of research as a faculty member at Western. Her teaching integrated her research and clinical expertise and led her to develop a novel program of research-linked clinical care in adult aural rehabilitation. Her research contributions were substantial and included the Self-efficacy for Situational Communication for Management Questionnaire (SESMQ), book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and the sharing of her skills and knowledge through presentations and collaborations both nationally and internationally. More information on Mary Beth’s career, including remembrances from her colleagues, can be found here. Links to her lifetime research contributions are available on ResearchGate and Scopus.

Richard Seewald

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M.F. Cheesman

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Don Jamieson

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