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

Clinical Professor, Audiologist

(608) 890-1504

365 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706

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


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 passion is working with children and adults who are hard of hearing and deaf. She is committed to providing personalized care to improve communication and quality of life for her patients. Dr. Buhr-Lawler has 15+ years of experience selecting and fitting hearing aids for people with all types and degrees of hearing loss. She also has clinical expertise in cochlear implant programming and diagnostic hearing evaluations for all ages. Dr. Buhr-Lawler has a special interest in hearing loss prevention.  She is involved in hearing conservation programs at UW-Madison, for musicians, and for businesses and government agencies. She is devoted to audiology clinical outreach, which she believes benefits patients, students, and the greater community. Dr. Buhr-Lawler’s previous clinical experiences include  a children’s hospital, an eye and ear specialty hospital, and a community hospital.

Highlighted Activities

Member, Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association
Member, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Member, National Hearing Conservation Association
Fellow, American Academy of Audiology
American Speech-Language Hearing Association Audiology Advisory Council Representative
Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association ASHA Councilor
Named 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)

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.,_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.