Jennifer A. Deal, PhD is Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. She is an epidemiologist and gerontologist with expertise in hearing loss and cognitive aging. She is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University and Core Faculty and Associate Director for Academic Training with the Johns Hopkins Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, a first-in-kind research center dedicated to training a generation of clinicians and researchers to understand and address the impact of hearing loss on older adults and public health. Trained in the epidemiology of aging, Dr. Deal studies how hearing loss and vascular factors impact the aging brain and cognition to provide insight into mechanistic pathways involved and to inform development of public health prevention strategies.