Prof. Sophia E. Kramer, PhD
Program leader Quality of Care
Professor Auditory Functioning and Participation
“Fundamentally curious – Knowledge makes us better”
Sophia E. Kramer (1966) graduated as a neuropsychologist in 1990 at the VU University in Amsterdam. After having worked as a research assistant during three years in the experimental neuropsychology lab at the VU, she started working as a junior researcher at the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery at the VU university medical center in Amsterdam in 1993. She earned her PhD 1998 with her thesis entitled ‘Assessment of hearing disability and handicap: a multidimensional approach. From 2008 – 2011 she was employed at Oticon’s Research Center in Denmark as research project leader (20%). In 2014, she was appointed full professor in Auditory Functioning and Participation at the dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery of VUmc and holds a university research chair.
Sophia’s multidisciplinary research program focuses on the psychosocial and cognitive aspects of adult hearing impairment and the development of methods to assess these effects. This includes the assessment of listening effort using pupillometry. Her research covers three themes: 1) ‘epidemiology of hearing loss’ with the Netherlands Longitudinal Study on Hearing (NL-SH) (www.hooronderzoek.nl) at its core, 2) ‘listening effort & cognition’ and 3) ‘innovation & evaluation of hearing health care’.
Sophia served as president of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology (2011-13), is editorial board member of Trends in Hearing and is the recipient of the American Academy of Audiology’s International Award in Hearing 2016. From 2013-2017, she served as program leader ‘Quality of Care’ of the EMGO+ institute for health and care research in VUmc.
Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, section Ear & Hearing
De Boelelaan 1118 (PK, 2Y144), 1081 HZ Amsterdam
T: +31 20 4440969