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Mitchell S. Sommers, PhD

Mitchell S. Sommers

Dr. Sommers is a Professor of Psychology in the Aging and Development Program at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on the factors underlying changes in speech perception and language processing in both healthy older adults and individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. As a Brookdale Fellow, he examined the importance of age-related cognitive declines in explaining the increased difficulty that older listeners have perceiving speech. He is particularly interested in developing rehabilitation strategies that can improve the communication abilities of older listeners in listening environments that have traditionally proven extremely problematic for the elderly.

For example, in his most recent work Dr. Sommers has been investigating how healthy older adults use visual speech information, such as lipreading, to compensate for age-related loss of hearing. An exciting early finding from these studies is that older adults can be trained in lipreading and this provides substantial improvements in their ability to understand speech, especially in noisy environments.

Dr. Sommers received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Georgetown University and his Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Michigan. In addition, he completed a three-year NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in speech communication at Indiana University.

Brookdale Fellow Class of 1995