David B. Pisoni is currently a Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Chancellor’s Professor of Cognitive Science at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Linguistics at IU where he has taught undergraduate and graduate classes and carried out basic, applied and clinical research on speech perception and spoken language processing.
Dr. Pisoni is one of the world’s leading research scientists in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Over his 44 year career at IU, he has carried out seminal research on human speech perception, spoken word recognition, language processing, and perceptual development in infants and children. He has also carried out pioneering research on several applied problems for the United States Air Force dealing with the perception of synthesized speech in cognitively demanding environments as well as the effects of noise on speech production. His research for General Motor Research Laboratories in the early 1980’s on the effects of alcohol on speech articulation provided the underlying scientific foundation for the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation of the cause of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in March of 1989.
Professor Pisoni has been working very closely with Dr. William Kronenberger and other research scientists at IU School of Medicine on clinical problems associated with hearing impairment in deaf children who use cochlear implants. This program of research has had important clinical applications for understanding the enormous variability in speech and language outcomes following implantation. Throughout his career, Professor Pisoni has made significant contributions in basic, applied and clinical research in areas of speech and language processing. As the Program Director of the Indiana University, NIDCD T32 training program in Speech, Hearing, and Sensory Communication, he was closely involved in training and mentoring undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral research fellows who worked with him and other faculty in the research laboratories in Bloomington and Indianapolis at IU School of Medicine.