Julie M. Liss

My Research

Contact Info

Office: Coor Hall, Room 3412


Fax: 480-965-2820

Email: julie.liss@asu.edu

CV:  Liss_CV_March_2017.pdf

I am interested in addressing the question: “How do listeners attempt to understand speech that is degraded?”  This research straddles a number of discipline boundaries including,

  1. 1.Speech and Hearing Science

  2. 2.Communication Disorders

  3. 3.Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

  4. 4.Psycholinguistics

  5. 5.Cognitive Psychology

With the support of NIH-NIDCD, I have been able to conduct research that addresses this issue from a variety of vantage points.  The ultimate goal is to inform speech perception theory and to provide a theoretical framework for addressing communication disorders related to speech understanding.

Educational and Employment History

I double majored in Psychology and Communication Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I received my BA in 1984, despite spending too much time on the Memorial Union terrace. I then went to the University of Denver where I received my MA in 1986 (incidentally, the same year that the Speech & Hearing Sciences department at DU closed, and I swear I had nothing to do with it). Back to Madison I went to study for my Ph.D. with Dr. Gary Weismer and the rest of the phenomenal faculty there. They whipped me into shape and I received my Ph.D. in December of 1989 (Note: The key to finishing a Ph.D. program quickly is to do your dissertation research on cadavers—you never run into subject scheduling conflicts or no-shows—Thank you, Dr. Bersu!).

My first NIH award not only supported my research interests, but allowed me to meet my future husband and collaborator, Dr. John Caviness, with the Mayo Clinic - Scottsdale Department of Neurology. We have three incredible children: John Justin (12), Vanessa (10) and Donald (7), all of whom have already served as research assistants in our labs. We live in Scottsdale and enjoy our desert home.


I then had the opportunity to join the faculty at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Communication Disorders. Although I loved the department, my colleagues, the Twin Cities, and the occasional Prince sightings, I could not tolerate the unrelenting cold.

In 1994, I had the good fortune to be offered a job at Arizona State University where I’m living happily (and warmly) ever after.

The Department of Speech & Hearing Science

P.O. Box 870102

Tempe, AZ 85287-0102

(480) 965-9136