Anna C. Diedesch, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A: WIA Committee Chair (2021-24)

Welcome to ASA’s Women in Acoustics website! I am excited to serve as the chair of Women in Acoustics (WIA) and I look forward to working with everyone to ensure that our committee continues to thrive and meet the needs of women in the Acoustical Society.

WIA strives to foster a supportive environment for women acousticians of all experience levels and areas of expertise. At the National ASA meetings, please feel free to join us at our open WIA Committee Meeting (usually held on Tuesday afternoons), the Women in Acoustics Luncheon (usually held on Wednesday), and the Girl Scout Outreach Session (usually held late Wednesday afternoon). Also, the WIA committee sponsors the Young Investigator Travel Grant and the Dependent Care Subsidy to help defray costs of attending ASA meetings (see Funding Opportunities). All these activities and opportunities are open to both women and men. More detailed information about how to participate in these activities can be found on this website.

Chair Bio: Dr. Anna C. Diedesch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. She received her Au.D. from Wichita State University and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Diedesch held previous appointments as a Research Audiologist and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research and the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. She is an active member of Psychological and Physiological Acoustics and was the Frederick V. Hunt Postdoctoral Research Fellow recipient in 2017-2018. Her research interests include the evaluation of sound localization cues with hearing aids and the ability to evaluate psychoacoustic (particularly binaural) measures using portable testing equipment. Dr. Diedesch is having a baby in Summer 2021 and is excited to continue the work advocating for Women in Acoustic initiatives which allow early career mothers to maintain a strong work life balance with the support of the Acoustical Society. She is excited for the opportunity to be chair of Women in Acoustics and hopes to continue to encourage the involvement of other women acousticians.