Shruti Deshpande, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Dr. Shruti Balvalli Deshpande was appointed as an assistant professor at St. John’s University in August 2016. Prior to that, she was a visiting assistant professor and postdoctoral research scholar at the University of Iowa. Dr. Deshpande is a nationally accredited audiologist.

Dr. Deshpande’s research focuses on investigating 'listening' in individuals with typical (e.g., "normal" hearing) versus atypical abilities (e.g., individuals with hearing loss and tinnitus, users of hearing aids or cochlear implants, auditory processing deficits, hidden hearing loss, musicians) with a goal to contribute to research that eventually leads to the enhancement of techniques for the assessment and management of auditory perception and processing deficits. Research in her lab is clinical/real-world and lies at an intersection of auditory neuroscience, auditory assessment, and management with a focus on technological applications (e.g., the use of internet and smartphones), and service-learning ( Her research is funded through internal as well as external research grants.

She has mentored student research projects that led to several grants/awards to her research mentees, from St. John’s University (e.g., GAAP, GRASSP) as well as from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (e.g., SPARC). Dr. Deshpande was awarded the ‘Excellence in Teaching Award’ by the National Society of Leadership and Success in 2018 and the Faculty Recognition Award for research merits in 2019.

Dr. Deshpande's hobbies include reading (non-fiction), swimming, cooking, and spending time with her family. 

Courses taught at St. John’s University-

CSD_1740 Introduction to Hearing Science

AuD_511 Pediatric Audiology

AuD_512 Electrophysiology-I

AuD_516 Central Auditory Processing Disorder

(Includes peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and published abstracts)-
Deshpande, S. B. (in press). Awareness of the profession of audiology among ethnically diverse adolescents: A pre- and post- education study. American Journal of Audiology

Deshpande, S. B., Deshpande, A. K., O'Brien, C. A., & McMonagle, K. (2019). A study of the portrayal of information related to (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder on social media. Hearing, Balance and Communication, 17(2), 134-144.

Deshpande, A. K., Deshpande, S. B., & O'Brien, C. A. (2019). Hyperacusis and social media trends. Hearing, Balance and Communication, 17(1), 1-11. 

O'Brien, C. A., Deshpande, A. K., & Deshpande, S. B. (2019). Tinnitus awareness and misinformation on social media. The Hearing Journal, 72(1), 18-20.

Deshpande, A. K., Deshpande, S. B., & O'Brien, C. (2018). A Study of Social Media Utilization by Individuals with Tinnitus. American Journal of Audiology:

Deshpande, S. B., Scott, M.P., Huizenga, J. S., Samy, R.N., & Brown, D.K. (July 2018) When a cadaver “hears” - Cochlear implant stimulation artifacts during sound-field  ASSR audiometry. The Hearing Journal, 71(7), 12.

Deshpande, S. B., & Deshpande, A. K. Hidden Hearing Loss. In M. Valente & L. M. Valente (Ed.s), Adult Audiology Casebook (2nd edition). Thieme (published online:

Deshpande, A. K., & Deshpande, S. B. Auditory Dyssynchrony. In M. Valente & L. M. Valente (Ed.s), Adult Audiology Casebook (2nd edition). Thieme published online:

Deshpande, S. B., Scott, M. P., Huizenga, J. S., Samy, R. N., & Brown, D. K. (2017). Establishing the presence of cochlear implant related artifact during sound-field recording of the auditory steady state response: A comparison between normal hearing adults, cochlear implant recipients, and a cochlear implanted human cadaver. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(5), 3814.

Deshpande, S. B., Lu, Z., Pan, T., & Ma, F. (2017). The relationship between electrical auditory middle-latency response components and measures of auditory performance and speech intelligibility in pediatric cochlear implant recipients. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America141(5), 3815. 

Brown, C.J., Scheperle, J. A., Tejani, V. D., Jeon, E. K., Deshpande, S. B., & Abbas, P. J. (2016). Electrically Evoked Auditory Potentials. In L. S. Eisenberg (Ed.), Clinical Management of Children with Cochlear Implants (pp. 133-156). San Diego: Plural Publishing, Inc.

Deshpande, S. B. (2015). The Role of Auditory Electrophysiology in Multi-linguistic Clinical Settings. American Speech-Language Hearing Association - Asian Indian Caucus’s (ASHA-AIC’s) Annual Publication, 15-17.

Wang, Y., Pan, T., Deshpande, S. B., Ma, F. (2015). The relationship between EABR and auditory performance and speech intelligibility outcomes in pediatric cochlear implant recipients. American Journal of Audiology, 24(2), 226-234.

Deshpande, S. B., Scott, M. P., Zhang, F., Keith, R. W., Dimitrijevic, A. (2014). Characterization of cochlear implant-related artifacts during sound-field recording of the auditory steady state response using an amplitude modulated stimulus: A comparison among normal hearing adults, cochlear implant recipients and implant-in-a-box. Proceedings of the Acoustical Society of America, 136(4), 2306.

Deshpande, S. & Deshpande, A. K. (2014). “Relativity Applies to Physics, Not Ethics”: A Tutorial on Responsible Conduct of Research for Student Researchers in Communication Sciences and Disorders. eHearsay (Electronic Journal of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association)4(1), 25-34.

Deshpande, S., Houston, L., & Keith, R. W. (2013). Hearing Testing, Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR). In S. E. Kountakis (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (pp. 1151-1158). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Deshpande, S., Scott, M., Brown, D. K., Samy, R. N., Meinzen-Derr, J., & Stephens, J. (2013). Sound-field Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR): Data from Normal-Hearing Adults, Cochlear Implant Recipients and Cochlear-Implanted Human Cadaveric Model. Abstracts of the Midwinter Research Meeting, 36, 480.  

Deshpande, S., Scheifele, P., Scott, M., Deshpande, A.K., Clark, J., Valencia, G., and Keith, R.W. (2013). Aided ASSR on a Cadaver: Relevance in the Clinic. Abstracts of the Midwinter Research Meeting, 36, 199.

Hamilton, S., Combs, S., Balvalli, S., MacAuslan, J., Kraus, J. & Boyce, S. (2011). Acoustic Landmark Analysis of Speaker Differences in Producing Clear vs. Conversational Speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America129(4), 2454-2454.

Balvalli, S., & Bantwal, A.R. (2011). Development of a Synthetic Sentence Identification Test in Hindi with Contralateral and Ipsilateral Competing Message Versions. Journal of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association25(1), 31-42.