Susanna Griffin is the recipient of the IMPACT PhD studentship co-funded by Advanced Bionics, looking into the contributions of “virtual channels” to the perception of pitch through a cochlear implant.
Susanna graduated with a BA in Linguistics from the University of Western Australia in 1996 and came to London to commence an administrative career in the NHS. Over the course of this 15 year career she took time out to further her academic interests, completing a Conversion Diploma in Psychology at London Metropolitan University in 2004, and an MSc in Neuroscience, Language and Communication at UCL in 2010.
While studying for her MSc she developed an interest in the hearing and communication issues faced by those using a cochlear implant. This led her to undertake an MSc project in this area, and to then return to UCL to undertake PhD study. Her current research project assesses the perception of pitch changes in musical chords to examine pitch perception in implantees.