Irene Merenda recently retired after more than 25 years as an Educational Audiologist within a public school setting, serving children with hearing loss (and their families) from age of identification through high school graduation. She has worked extensively with families who have chosen to have their children educated within a mainstream, oral public school setting. She comes to Saint Joseph’s with vast experience in working with children who have physical and/or learning challenges in addition to their hearing loss. Prior to her career as educational audiologist, she practiced clinical audiology and speech pathology for several years.
In addition to Saint Joseph’s University, Dr. Merenda serves as adjunct faculty at two other Pennsylvania Universities. She serves as a consultant regarding educational audiology and she provides contractual clinical services to several audiology/ENT/hospital practices.
Dr. Merenda received her BA (Speech Communication) from Rutgers University, MA (Audiology) from Trenton State College and her Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) from the University of Florida. Dr. Merenda has published articles on topics related to educational audiology and technology used with deaf and hard of hearing students. She has been a presenter at national conferences including American Speech/Language and Hearing Association, AG Bell Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. She has spoken at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Annual Pediatric Audiology Conference on two occasions, and has presented at several local audiology and educational forums.
“There have been so many exciting changes in the fields of audiology, technology, and education of students with hearing loss during my career. Education never ends! As an instructor, I continue to learn from my students’ experiences and I look forward to sharing my experiences working with children who are deaf/hard of hearing with them.”