Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano is a Professor Emerita and Research Professor of Audiology, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, faculty of the Institute of Cognitive Science, Centre for Neurosciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology at the University of Colorado, Denver and the Marion Downs Centre. She developed the Marion Downs Centre in 1996 and received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Centres for Disease Control, Maternal & Child Health, the Office of Special Education, and the Office of Education since the early 1980s. Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano has assisted many state departments of education and public health agencies, schools for the deaf and blind, and early intervention programs throughout the United States and its territories.

In addition, she has served as a consultant for many countries who have developed early hearing detection and intervention programs. She was the recipient of the Academy of Audiology (AAA) the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology in 2013, AAA Research Achievement Award in 2001, the 2010 Robert Ruben Award for Research from the Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances for Children, the 2014 Antonio Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence, and the 2010 Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Communicative Disabilities and Deafness Award.