Profiled Faculty: Thomas Simpson, Ph.D.


Thomas Simpson, Ph.D.

Audiology Clinic Training Partnership with Henry Ford Hospital

Our Clinical Education Agreement with Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) began in 2011, creating a strong clinical experience for students from their very first semester in the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program. Students are supervised by staff audiologists from HFHS in our Audiology Clinic in Rackham Building on Wayne State University main campus, and then progress through clinical audiology rotations at nearby Henry Ford Hospital. Henry Ford Hospital audiologists provide services to a diverse patient population with a wide range of audiology conditions across the lifespan. In the third year, Au.D. students complete clinical assignments at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Veterans Administration Medical Centers, and in private practice settings. Students are able to learn in challenging and supportive environments, and to become thoroughly well prepared for their future careers. In the fourth and final year of the Au.D. program, students complete a full-time externship that readies them to transition to full-time employment after graduation. Students may complete externship requirements at one of our many affiliated clinics, hospitals or private practice sites in Michigan, or out-of-state in the U.S. or Canada.

Dr. Thomas Simpson has been a full-time WSU faculty member in Audiology since 1990. He earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and developed research expertise focusing on Occupational Hearing Conservation. Dr. Simpson teaches the undergraduate course ‘Introduction to Audiology’ and the graduate courses ‘Anatomy and Physiology: Psychophysical Theories of Audition,’ ‘Basic Audiologic Evaluation,’ ‘Instrumentation in Audiology,’ and ‘Hearing Loss Prevention.’ He is active in the Audiology Brown Bag series, offered biweekly on WSU campus to bring all Au.D. students together with faculty and CSD Ph.D. students to discuss research.

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