Patricia McCarthy, PhD

Audiology, College of Health Sciences
Roles: Faculty
Joined Rush in 1992



I am a Professor & Audiology Program Director in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Rush University in Chicago and a faculty member at the Ida Institute in Denmark. I have been awarded the American Academy of Audiology Clinical Educator Award, the President’s Distinguished Service Medal, and I am an American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Fellow and the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Rush University Excellence in Teaching Award. My research, national and international presentations, publications, patient care and teaching have focused on adult, audiologic rehabilitation.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I was inspired by my interest in health care. I wanted to have the opportunity to work with patients and students.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

Being a faculty member at Rush has allowed me to work with students via both “sides” of the teacher-practitioner model. This is what I love about my position.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

It is so fun to be at the point in my career, when I can mentor young women (and men). Supporting these bright, energetic young professionals is stimulating and rewarding.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Early in your career, try to establish and maintain work-life boundaries so that your personal and professional lives can be equally fulfilling.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy traveling and hiking.