I obtained both my bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Wyoming and specialized in the field of audiology. After a four year period as an educational audiologist, I enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Wichita State University in Kansas. My dissertation was focused on the maturation of late auditory evoked potentials in children and I completed my doctoral studies in 1990. My first university appointment was in the temperate climate of North Dakota at Minot State University (MSU).
I graduated from Slippery Rock State University in 1976, taught in private schools for 3 years, and went to Bowling Green State University for a Master's Degree which was awarded in 1981. I taught in Colleges and Universities for a number of years and received my PhD in Health Education from The Ohio State University in 1992. I have been at Kent State University for 20 years. During my career, I spent 25 years working on the HIV/AIDS epidemic conducting AIDS Education teacher training in National and State venues.
I have been a clinical supervisor at the Kent State University Speech and Hearing Clinic most recently since 1996. I previously was employed in the same capacity from 1990-1994. My B.S. in Communication Disorders is from Marywood College, now University, in Scranton, PA, and my M.A. in Speech Pathology is from Ohio University. I have particular interests in the areas of adult language disorders and voice disorders.
I was drawn to the field of audiology based on my experience as an individual with hearing loss. While studying for my B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University, I became fascinated by the mechanisms underlying learning, particularly learning through listening. This caused me to pursue an M.A. in Learning Disabilities and a Ph.D.
Although my Bachelor's degree as a voice major in Music Education at Washburn University (Topeka, KS) prepared me to teach K-12 music, I never taught. Instead, I pursued opportunities in consumer audio electronics. After co-owning a speaker retailing and audio electronics manufacturing business and then wanting something more, I discovered Audiology. This lead to a M.S. in Audiology and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences at Central Institute for the Deaf, the Speech & Hearing Department of Washington University in St. Louis, and eventually to Kent State in 1991.
I was born in White Plains, New York and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I received my BS in Kinesiology with concentration in athletic training from Indiana University (Bloomington). I have worked as an athletic trainer in the areas of football, wrestling, softball, and track and field. My MS in Kinesiology (again with concentration in athletic training) is also from Indiana University. I have worked at Cumberland University in Lebanon Tennessee, at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, and I have been employed by Kent State University since 2000.
Dr. Ha completed a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition in 1999 and post-doctoral work at the Bone Mineral Metabolism Laboratory of the Ohio State University. Her research interests focus on nutrition education and osteoporosis prevention over the life span. Dr. Ha's recent research plans include studying: (1) the relationship between obesity, bone density and fracture in children; (2) dietary effects on bone density in children; (3) calcium and vitamin D status and bone density among the elderly; (4) effect of nutrition education on eating behavior and life style changes in college students.