Dr. Barbara Acker-Mills


     Barbara Acker-Mills, PhD 
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology and Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
John A Kenney Hall, Room 44-302
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
E-mail:  barbara.ackermills@gmail.com 
Phone: 334-725-2335

Research Fields:

  • Auditory perception and cognition
  • Human factors
  • Motor movement in pianists
Biographical Sketch:

Professor Barbara Acker-Mills earned her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Salem College (NC). She completed a MM degree in piano and a PhD in cognitive psychology from Binghamton University. Dr. Acker-Mills worked as a research psychologist for Sikorsky Helicopter in Stratford, CT and for the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab in Fort Rucker ,AL. She also was a faculty member in both the psychology and music departments at Auburn University, and currently is organist at Holy Trinity Episcopal church in Auburn, AL.

Dr. Acker-Mills’ research investigates how humans process auditory information, including speech and music. Her work in human factors includes developing auditory displays in helicopter cockpits and developing ways to enhance speech communication in noisy environments. Preventing hearing loss with the use of medication also is an interest. Finally, Dr. Acker-Mills evaluates motor learning and biomechanics in pianists. 

Dr. Acker-Mills was the recipient of an American Psychological Association Dissertation award and of a National Science Foundation/North Atlantic Treaty Organization postdoctoral fellowship.

Representative Publications:
  1. Acker-Mills, B., Robinette, M., Adams, M., and Ahroon, W. (2007). Effects of N-acetylcysteine on hearing thresholds and otoacoustic emissions following noise exposure. U.S. Army Science Conference presentation. ADA433105. 
  2. Acker-Mills, B., Houtsma, A.J.M., and Ahroon, W.A. (2006). Speech intelligibility in noise using throat and acoustic microphones. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 77(1), 26 - 31. 
  3. Acker-Mills, B. (2006). The effect of auditory alerts on performance of concurrent tasks. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Auditory Display, London, UK. (June 20-23, 2006). 
  4. Crawly, E., Acker-Mills, B., Pastore, R., & Weil, S. (2002). Change detection in multi-voice music: The role of musical structure, musical training, and task demands. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 28(2), 367-378.