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Memoir

David B. Moody
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David B. Moody, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and research professor in the Kresge Hearing Research Institute, retired from active faculty status on June 30, 2003.

A native of New York, Professor Moody received his B.A. degree from Hamilton College in 1962 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in 1964 and 1967, respectively. He pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan's Kresge Hearing Research Institute and joined the faculty as a lecturer in psychology and a research associate in 1968. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1970, associate research scientist in 1979, associate professor in 1980, professor in 1989, and senior research scientist (now research professor) in 1997. He was an assistant professor of otorhinolaryngology from 1970-79.

Professor Moody is considered a leading expert in the use of behavioral training techniques for the assessment of auditory function in animal subjects. His early investigations focused on discovering the relationship between hearing loss and damage to the inner ear. These studies resulted in the development of procedures through which various aspects of auditory perception could be assessed in non-verbal subjects. An outgrowth of this work was a research program that evaluated specializations for dealing with biologically relevant communication signals in non-human primates. More recently, Professor Moody employed behavioral procedures to assess the functional effects of various interventions to restore function to the deaf inner ear. In addition to his research, he trained a number of students and fellows in the field of hearing studies and participated in other areas of the teaching program in the Department of Psychology.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming David B. Moody professor emeritus of psychology and research professor emeritus.