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

Position title: Clinical Professor, Audiologist


Phone: (608) 890-1504

365 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706

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

Introduction Video


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

Background and Expertise

Dr. Buhr-Lawler’s clinical focus is diagnostic audiology and hearing technology for people of all ages. She collaborates with her patients and their families to improve communication through personalized care.

Dr. Buhr-Lawler has 20 years of experience in the areas of cochlear implants, hearing aids, and audiology evaluations. Dr. Buhr-Lawler has special interests in hearing loss prevention and in providing hearing healthcare to underserved populations. She is devoted to clinical outreach in rural and urban areas. Dr. Buhr-Lawler coordinates UW-Madison’s Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP), the hearing screenings for children Dane County’s Head Start program, and the hearing evaluations for UW-Madison employees at risk for occupational hearing loss.

Dr. Buhr-Lawler has worked as a clinical audiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Froedtert Kenosha Hospital. She came to UW-Madison in 2010 and loves working with future audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

Highlighted Activities

Recipient of 2019 Student Mentor Award from the Wisconsin Speech-Language Hearing Association
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Committee of Ambassadors (2020-present)
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Audiology Advisory Council (2017-2020)
Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association (WSHA) Board Member, ASHA Ambassador
UW-Madison Badger Talks Speaker
Audiologist of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Speech-Language Hearing Association (2015)
Recipient of Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Mini-Grant (2015-2016) and UW-Madison Statewide Outreach Incentive Grants (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Awarded UW-Madison Academic Staff Professional Development Grants (2012, 2015)
American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Award for Continuing Education (2005, 2010, 2013, 2016)
Member, Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association
Member, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Fellow, American Academy of Audiology

Representative Publications

Melanie Buhr-Lawler on the farm with her father.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.

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.