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Northwestern School of Communication

Diane Novak

Director of Northwestern Center for Audiology, Speech, Language and Learning; Associate Clinical Professor; Fellow, Knowles Hearing Center
Building community outreach opportunities that provide clinical learning experiences for students and services to the community. Participating in translational research projects which focus on improving hearing healthcare accessibility; Serving on professional organization committees and working groups to promote audiology to medical and allied health professionals and creating a refresher certification course on precepting students in the clinic.

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Diane Novak

Diane Novak is a Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and serves as the Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning Director at Northwestern University. Diane is a certified audiologist with over 25 years of clinical experience. Dr. Novak's clinical work has focused on diagnosing and treating adults with hearing loss. She has special interests in the professional and clinical development of students, improving accessibility to hearing healthcare, and educating allied health professionals and consumers on the importance of prevention, identification, and treatment of hearing loss and balance issues. She is responsible for strategy, finance, marketing, and operations for all clinical services.


  • AuD, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
  • MS, Audiology, Gallaudet University
  • BA, Communication Science and Disorders, University of Toledo


  • CSD 415-2 Adult Aural Rehabilitation