Christina L. Runge, PhD

Christina Runge, PhD Professor
Chief, Division of Communication Sciences
Director, Koss Cochlear Implant Program
Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
Medical College of Wisconsin



Dr. Runge joined the department in 2002, and has directed the Koss Cochlear Implant Program since 2005. She received her doctorate from the University of Iowa focusing in auditory neurophysiology, and has received extensive training in hearing disorders and cochlear implants in both adults and children. Her research interests include pediatric hearing disorders such as auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder, genetics of hearing loss, speech and music understanding in adults and children, and the effects of aging on cochlear implant performance. She has published manuscripts and book chapters in these areas and has presented research findings at many international and national conferences in cochlear implants and hearing disorders.

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1993
  • Master of Arts (MA) University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1996
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2002
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2003

Certification and Licenses

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association
  • Licensed Audiologist, State of Wisconsin

Society Memberships

  • American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association
  • American Auditory Society
  • American Academy of Audiology
  • Acoustical Society of America


  • Sherman Scholar Award, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, University of Iowa

Clinical Research Interests

  • Cochlear Implants, Pediatric and Adult
  • Acoustic Electrophysiology
  • Electric Electrophysiology
  • Speech Perception