Melanie Buhr-Lawler, Au.D., CCC-A

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Clinical Associate Professor, Audiologist

Contact Information

365 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 890-1504


B.S., University of Wisconsin–Madison
M.A., University of Iowa
Au.D., University of Florida

Courses Taught

CS&D 891: Clinical Clerkship in Audiology I
CS&D 892: Clinical Clerkship in Audiology II
CS&D 899: Capstone in Audiology
CS&D 921: Seminar in Audiology
CS&D 999: Seminar: Enhancing Clinical Skills

Clinical Statement

Dr. Buhr-Lawler with a student in clinic

Dr. Buhr-Lawler’s clinical passion is working with deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. She is particularly interested in using hearing technology to improve communication for all people. Dr. Buhr-Lawler has worked on adult and pediatric multidisciplinary teams as a cochlear implant audiologist, and she also has expertise in diagnostic audiologic assessment of individuals of all ages. She has extensive experience selecting and fitting amplification (hearing aids) and other assistive hearing technology for diverse patient populations, and she believes in using an individualized, patient- and family-centered approach to optimize outcomes for all. Her outside clinical experiences include work at children’s hospital, an eye and ear specialty hospital, and a community hospital. Dr. Buhr-Lawler has an ongoing interest in audiology clinical outreach, which she believes benefits patients, students, and the greater community.

Highlighted Activities

ASHA National Audiology Advisory Council Wisconsin Representative (2016)
Recipient of the Audiologist of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Speech-Language Hearing Association (2015)
Recipient of Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Mini-Grant (2015-2016)
Recipient of UW-Madison Statewide Outreach Incentive Grants (2014, 2015, 2016)
Awarded UW-Madison Academic Staff Professional Development Grants (2012, 2015)
American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Award for Continuing Education (2005, 2010, 2013, 2016)
Audiology Clinic Coordinator for the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic
Director of the UW Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP)
Coordinator of the Dane County Head Start Hearing Screening Program
Member, Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association
Member, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Fellow, American Academy of Audiology

Recent Publications

  • Buhr-Lawler, M. (2017, May). A Hearing Loss Prevention Outreach Program for Farmers and Motorsports Enthusiasts. Seminars in Hearing. 38(212-221):10.1055/s-0037-1601576.
  • Buhr-Lawler, M.C. (2016, October). Thinking Outside the Booth: Three Overlapping Categories of University Audiology Outreach.  The Hearing Review.
  • Buhr-Lawler, M.C, & Hartman, A.I. (2016, July).  Reflect, Mentor, Lead: A Unique Experience in Audiology Education. The Hearing Journal, 69(7):32-35.,_Mentor,_Lead___A_Unique_Experience_in.11.aspx
  • Gartrell, B.C., Jones, H.J., Kan, A, Buhr-Lawler, M., Gubbles, S.P., Litovsky, R.L. (2014, October).  Investigating Long-Term Effects of Cochlear Implantation in Single-Sided Deafness: A Best Practice Model for Longitudinal Assessment of Spatial Hearing Abilities and Tinnitus Handicap.  Otology & Neurootology, 35(9):1525-32.
  • Smith, Z.M., Kan, A., Jones, H.J., Buhr-Lawler, M., Godar, S.P., Litovsky, R.Y. (2014, April). Hearing better with interaural time differences and bilateral cochlear implants.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 135(4):2190.
  • Buhr-Lawler, M.  (2014, January 8).  Professional Communication in Audiology [Review for the book “Professional Communication in Audiology” by Ramachandran and Stach]  International Journal of Audiology, 1499-2027.

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