Jonathan J. Suen, Au.D., is the first audiologist in the PhD program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing where he studies the relationship between hearing loss and loneliness in older adults for supporting healthy aging. He serves as a guest editor and advisory board member with the 2022 American Journal of Public Health’s Think Tank and previously as an associate in the R3 Science Communications Leadership Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Beyond scholarship, Suen remains active in leading programs for promoting equity and inclusion in higher education. He received back-to-back annual honors from the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council for his roles in organizing key initiatives (2021-2022).


Suen was awarded an F31 training grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH). He earned a certificate in Gerontology from the Bloomberg School and his Doctorate in Audiology from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with Frank Lin, MD, PhD (2016-2018), where he co-developed a novel community-based delivery model of hearing care through academic-community partnerships in Baltimore (HEARS). He is co-advised by Jennifer Wenzel, PhD, MS, RN at the School of Nursing and Frank Lin at the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health. 


Research: ORCiD;  NIH Bibliography

Social media: Twitter @SuenJonathan and LinkedIn


Select Peer-Reviewed Publications

Nieman, C. L., Betz, J., Morales, E. E. G., Suen, J. J., Trumbo, J., Marrone, N., Han, H.R., Szanton, S.L., & Lin, F. R. (2022). Effect of a Community Health Worker–Delivered Personal Sound Amplification Device on Self-Perceived Communication Function in Older Adults With Hearing Loss: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA, 328 (23), 2324–2333. Linked here


Suen, J.J., Parrillo, E., Hassoon, A., Peairs, K.S., Stanford, O., Wenzel, J., Zabora, J., & Dobs, A. (2022). Improving cancer care for underserved populations in an academic and community practice setting: A protocol for a community health worker pilot navigation programme. BMJ Open, 12, e067270. Linked here


LaFave, S.E., Suen, J.J., Seau, Q., Bergman, A., Fisher, M.C., Thorpe, R.J. Jr., & Szanton, S.L. (2022). Racism and older Black Americans’ health: A systematic review. Journal of Urban Health, 99, 28-54. Linked here


Gleason, K., & Suen, J.J. (2022). Going beyond affordability for digital equity: Closing the “digital divide” through outreach and training programs for older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 70 (1), 75-77. Linked here


Nieman, C.L., Suen, J.J., Dean, L.T., & Chandran, A. (2022). Foundational approaches to advancing hearing health equity: A primer in social epidemiology. Ear and Hearing, 43, 5S-14SLinked here


Lee, J.W., Nersessian, P.V., Suen, J.J., Cudjoe, T.K.M., Gill, J., Szanton, S.L., & Hladek, M.D. (2022). Loneliness is associated with lower coping self-efficacy among older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, [online first] Linked here


Suen, J.J., Betz, J., Reed, N.S., Deal, J.A., Lin, F.R., & Goman, A.M. (2021). Prevalence of asymmetric hearing among adults in the United States. Otology and Neurotology, 42 (2), e111-e113. Linked here


Suen, J.J., Han, H.R., Peoples, C.Y., Weikert, M., Marrone, N., Lin, F.R., & Nieman, C.L. (2021). A community health worker training program to deliver accessible and affordable hearing care to older adults. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 32 (1), 37-49. Linked here


Suen, J.J., Bhatnagar, K., Emmett, S.D., Marrone, N., Kleindienst Robler, S., Swanepoel, D.W., Wong, A., & Nieman, C.L. (2019). Hearing care across the life course provided in the community. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 97 (10), 681-690.  Linked here


Suen, J.J., Marrone, N., Han, H.R., Lin, F.R., & Nieman, C.L. (2019). Translating public health practices: Community-based approaches for addressing hearing health care disparities. Seminars in Hearing, 40 (1), 37-48. Linked here





Updated Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Jon Suen

Jonathan J. Suen

Departmental affiliation (Primary)

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing