Jane A. Baran

Professional Title: 
Professor and Department Chair
Department: 
Communication Disorders
Telephone: 
413-545-0565
Campus Address: 
Communication Disorders Building, Room 201E
Education: 

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1972, M.A., 1974; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1979; ASHA Fellow, CCC-A/SLP.

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Anatomy and physiology of the central auditory system, normal and disordered central auditory processing, and electrophysiological testing.

Research Description: 

Dr. Baran’s research focuses on the processing of auditory information within the central nervous system. She studies the performance of both normal individuals and patients with confirmed lesions and/or compromise of the central auditory nervous system (CANS) in an effort to determine the key structures and processes involved in “normal” auditory processing and how these processes are affected in patients with CANS compromise. Her research activities additionally focus on the development of clinical assessment tools to support the accurate identification and diagnosis of central auditory processing disorders and she also studies the efficacy of intervention protocols for the remediation and/or management of central auditory processing disorders in both children and adults.

Key Publications: 

Baran, J.A. (2013). Metalingustic skills, strategies and approaches. In Geffner, D. & Ross-Swain, D. (Eds.), Auditory Processing Disorders: Management and Treatment (2nd ed., pp. 469-494). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.

Musiek, F.E., Baran, J.A., Shinn, J.B., & Jones, R.O. (2012). Disorders of the Auditory System. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.

Zaidan, E., Gracia, A.P., Tedesco, M.L.F., & Baran, J.A. (2008). Performance of normal young adults on two temporal resolution tests. Pro Fono, 21, 19-24.

Musiek, F.E., & Baran, J.A. (2007). The Auditory System: Its Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Correlates. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Baran, J.A., Shinn, J.B., & Musiek, F.E. (2006). New developments in the assessment and management of auditory processing disorders. Audiological Medicine, 4, 35-45.

Jane Baran Curriculum Vitae