Spencer B. Smith, Ph.D., Au.D., is an assistant professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his Au.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arizona. Upon completion of his doctoral training, Dr. Smith completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on neural processes, from inner ear to cortex, involved in speech perception in noise. He employs objective (otoacoustic emission and electroencephalography) and behavioral techniques to study relationships between neurophysiological function and perception. To support his research, Dr. Smith has secured funding from the National Institutes of Health, American Hearing Research Foundation, American Academy of Audiology, and American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.