Susan Nittrouer began tutoring young deaf children in 1972 as a college student at West Chester University, 35 miles outside of Philadelphia. She received a Master’s degree in Education of the Deaf from Smith College in 1975, and taught deaf children for five years. In 1980 she returned to university to pursue a Ph.D. degree, and received it in 1985 from the City University of New York. Following a post doctoral fellowship at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Connecticut, she began her research career investigating how children learn to recognize speech. Currently she is Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University and heads the Speech Development Laboratory.