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My research examines hearing and deafness in children. Often, the aim of my research is to assess whether changes to healthcare for hearing-impaired children would result in better outcomes. I am especially interested in children's 'spatial listening' skills, meaning the ability to use both ears together to understand speech in noise and to localise sources of sound.
I gained a BSc in Psychology from the University of York (2006) and I stayed in York to complete my PhD in Psychology (2011). My PhD research demonstrated that bilateral implantation (two cochlear implants, one in each ear) in children is associated with better spatial listening skills than unilateral implantation (one implant in one ear). Since 2009, the NHS has offered bilateral implantation to children with severe-to-profound hearing impairment.
I moved to UCL in 2010. I am conducting a study to compare outcomes for children with bilateral cochlear implants and children with bilateral acoustic hearing aids.
The project is funded by Action on Hearing Loss.
Prizes & Awards
- Bogue Research Fellowship, awarded by UCL, 2011 The Fellowship allowed me to visit Professor Ruth Litovsky's laboratory in the University of Wisconsin, Madison in early 2012.
- KM Stott PhD Prize, awarded by the Department of Psychology at the University of York, 2010
Ashley Prize, awarded by Deafness Research UK, 2009
The prize allowed me to spend 10 weeks in Professor Jay Rubinstein’s laboratory at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle.
- A longitudinal comparison of outcomes for hearing-impaired children with either bilateral hearing aids or bilateral cochlear implants
Photo Credit: Philip Meech/ Action on Hearing Loss