Childhood listening beyond the audiogram
Prof Harvey Dillon AO
Macquarie University, University of Manchester, National Acoustics Laboratories
Prof Dillon has most recently conducted research into auditory processing disorders, electrophysiological assessment, and the outcomes of hearing aid fitting. Prof Dillon is the author of over 250 scientific publications and a widely used text book on hearing aids. He has been closely associated with the various NAL prescription rules, COSI outcomes evaluation, the trainable hearing aid, the LiSN-S test of spatial processing, and clinical cortical response testing.
He is a part-time Professor at Macquarie University, part-time Professor at the University of Manchester, and part-time Senior Research Scientist at the National Acoustic Laboratories.
Prof Suzanne Purdy
University of Auckland, the Brain Research New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence
Professor Suzanne Purdy is Head School of Psychology at the University of Auckland and Principal Investigator in the University of Auckland Centre for Brain Research (CBR) and the Brain Research New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence. Her academic background is in psychology, speech science and audiology and she has research interests in communication disorders, auditory processing, hearing and neurological conditions. Her research includes two large scale studies of hearing and auditory processing in adolescents in the Pacific Islands Families Study and in New Zealand adults in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. Together with her former doctoral students Dr Joan Leung and Dr Rose Kalathottukaren she has investigated auditory and prosody perception in children with hearing loss and children with autism spectrum disorder.
Dr Dani Tomlin
The University of Melbourne
Dani is a senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Melbourne, with more than 15 years clinical experience. She holds a PhD in Clinical Audiology and her specialist areas are Paediatrics, Infant Diagnostics and Auditory Processing Disorders.
Assoc Prof Wayne Wilson
The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia
Dr Wayne Wilson PhD MAudSA CCP is an Associate Professor in Audiology at The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. He has worked mostly as a university academic in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Wayne’s current research interests include auditory processing disorder (APD), simulated learning environments, and the signal processing of auditory evoked potentials. He has published >70 papers, book chapters and patents; given >200 presentations at scientific conferences; and secured over AUD$3 million in competitive research grants. His CAPD research is widely read and has been included in white papers and national guidelines internationally.
Dr Kerryn Saunders
Dr Saunders is a Developmental Paediatrician who began working with children with hearing loss and their families and those with Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) in 1985. Dr Saunders’ research topic presentations and publications have included Universal Newborn Infant Hearing Screening, hearing loss in preterm infants, the genetics of hearing loss, targeted newborn CMV screening, congenital CMV and auditory neuropathy, auditory processing in children with ASD, upper limb and gait analysis in children with high functioning ASD, long term developmental follow up of infants born extremely prematurely and developmental outcomes in children conceived through Assisted Reproductive Techniques.
Dr Kelley Graydon
University of Melbourne
Dr Kelley Graydon is a Paediatric audiologist and Lecturer at The University of Melbourne. She has been working in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology for twelve years and is involved in research, teaching and co-ordination roles within the Master of Clinical Audiology Course. Kelley has a strong research background with a particular emphasis on clinical applications. Kelley’s recent research investigated the effects of chronic middle ear pathology in early childhood on the development of central auditory processing skills. Her research focused on spatial processing disorder, in particular its prevalence in children with a history of conductive hearing loss.
Hearing and cognitive decline in ageing: New directions for audiologic practice
Eriksholm Research Centre
Gabrielle (Gaby) Saunders, Ph.D., is the Research Area Manager for eHealth at Eriksholm Research Centre. She is responsible for overseeing the direction of ehealth research and for planning and preparing studies. Her group’s work combines the application of technology - such as the internet and big data tools - with person-centered approaches to ehealth solutions in order to optimize hearing healthcare uptake, provision of hearing aid services, and support for patients, their families, and hearing healthcare professionals alike. Prior to joining Eriksholm, Gaby was Associate Director of the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) in Portland, USA. In additional to health, Gaby has expertise in developing tools to improve audiological rehabilitation, in health psychology and in hearing-related outcomes measurement.
Prof Kathy Pichora-Fuller
University of Toronto
Kathy Pichora-Fuller is a Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Previously, she taught Audiology at the University of British Columbia. She combines clinical experience in rehabilitative audiology with experimental psychology and has earned an international reputation for her interdisciplinary approach linking research on auditory and cognitive processing during communication in everyday life. She co-chaired the Eriksholm Workshop on “Hearing Impairment and Cognitive Energy” that resulted in the consensus on the Framework on Understanding Effortful Listening (FUEL) published as a 2016 special issue of Ear and Hearing. She also co-chaired the 2016 World Congress of Audiology in Vancouver.
Baycrest Centre, Toronto
Marilyn Reed is the Practice Advisor for Audiology at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto, where she has worked since 1997. She graduated with a Masters degree in Audiology from the University of Southampton in England in 1976. Since moving to Canada in the same year, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, with a focus on geriatrics, rehabilitation and clinical research in the area of hearing and cognition. Most recently, she was the principal investigator on a Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovations SPARK grant examining the provision of a community-based hearing rehabilitation program for at-risk seniors.
Dr Natalie Phillips
Dr Natalie Phillips is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University. She examines the neuropsychology of healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease, using clinical and experimental tasks and measures of electrical brain activity (EEG/ERP). Natalie’s current research interests include sensory-cognitive interactions and speech and language processing in older adults, including those who are bilingual. She is one of the principal developers of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a cognitive screening instrument used globally for the assessment of mild cognitive impairment. She is also the academic lead neuropsychologist for the COMPASS-ND study in the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) and is the founding leader of CCNA Team 17, which examines sensory decline and cognitive function in persons with dementia.
Connected Hearing care: your future as an audiologist in an online world!
Dr Brent Edwards
National Acoustic Laboratories
With a graduate background in both engineering and psychology, Brent Edwards has spent 22 years leading hearing research and new technology development as an executive in the hearing industry. Edwards has been the head of Research at GN ReSound and at Starkey Hearing Technologies, where he founded the Starkey Hearing Research Center that is currently a leading site for research in hearing impairment and cognition. Edwards is an elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology, and an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham’s Medical School. He is currently the Director of the National Acoustic Laboratories.
Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children
Colleen has spent the last 25 years working in the field of cochlear implantation as a speech pathologist and audiologist. She has a keen interest in the use of telepractice in management of cochlear implant recipients which is the topic of her PhD research. She has worked extensively with cochlear implant recipients of all ages as part of her clinical work and her research, and has a particular interest in working with children who have needs in addition to hearing impairment.
Prof Louise Hickson
The University of Queensland
Prof Hickson is Head of School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Co-Director of the Communication Disability Centre at The University of Queensland and is recognized internationally as a leader in audiology. Her major research themes are the effects of hearing impairment on the communication abilities and quality of life of adults and family members, and the efficacy of different forms of intervention (e.g., hearing aid fitting, communication education). She has over 240 publications including 5 books and 20 book chapters and is committed to the transfer of knowledge into practice. The Active Communication Education (ACE) program that she developed and evaluated has been used in many countries around the world.
Dr Deborah V. Ferrari
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Dr Ferrari is a professor of audiology at the Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Department, School of Dentistry of Bauru, University of São Paulo, Brazil. She obtained her PhD in Neuroscience and Behavior from Institute of Psychology, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
She has conducted several studies and actions on audiology telehealth, including the participation in the Telehealth Brazil Networks – one of the largest public funding telehealth programs in the world.
In partnership with the Hospital Samaritano in Sao Paulo, the University of Sao Paulo, and the Brazilian Ministry of Health, Dr Ferrari is part of the group who is developing an Auditory Rehabilitation Distance Learning Course to train hearing care professionals on how to provide family-centered, audiologic rehabilitation services to infants and toddlers.
Infusing Counselling in Audiology Practice
Dr Bec Bennett
Ear Science Institute Australia
Bec is a clinical and research audiologist from the Ear Science Institute Australia. Her current research focuses on improving outcomes for older adults with hearing loss, specifically successful hearing aid and cochlear implant use.
Dr Caitlin Barr
Better Hearing Australia
Dr Caitlin Barr is the CEO of Better Hearing Australia (VIC) and Senior Lecturer in Audiology within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Dr Barr is known for her research on person-centred hearing care and audiologist communication skills, and now implements person-centred approaches to hearing care in her organisation. Caitlin is an experienced clinician, lecturer, Board director and advocate for change in hearing care.
Dr Joseph Montano
Weill Cornell Medicine, New York
Dr Joseph Montano is a Professor of Audiology and Director of Hearing and Speech at Weill Cornell Medicine. He received his Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University and M.A. from New York University. Dr Montano is licensed as an Audiologist in New York State and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) and is a Fellow through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). He served as ASHA Vice President for Standards/Ethics in Audiology and is Past President of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology. In addition to numerous presentations and publications, he is the co-editor of the book Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation.
vestibular bootcamp (introductory & advanced)
University Of Melbourne
Donella is a vestibular audiologist at the University of Melbourne. She has a special interest in diagnosis and management of people with balance disorders, coordinating the Balance Disorders Unit within the clinic. Donella is actively involved in educating graduate Audiology students, leading them through clinical practice, practicum and lectures in vestibular audiology. She is also currently undertaking her PhD on vestibular function in children.
Dr David Szmulewicz
Dizziness & Balance Disorders Centre
David Szmulewicz is a Neurologist, Neuro-otologist and medical researcher. His clinical and research interests include balance disorders that affect the vestibular system, cerebellum and the combination of the two. He is Head, Balance Disorders & Ataxia Service at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital and founder of the AlfredHeallth Cerebellar Ataxia Clinic. David is lead investigator on research defining a novel ataxia – CANVAS, a project looking at improved methods of imbalance diagnosis, as well as the development of an objective bedside test of imbalance - the video VVOR. He is co-director of The Australian Temporal Bone Bank.
Dr Jessica Vitkovic
The University of Melbourne
Dr Jessica Vitkovic is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Dept. of Audiology and Speech Pathology, The University of Melbourne. As the leader of the department's vestibular research, she continues to remain at the forefront of vestibular audiology practice, having helped set-up one of Melbourne’s first public vestibular physiotherapy services. This is underpinned by an accomplished research background with strong clinical applications focusing is on vestibular migraine and vestibular physiotherapy outcomes and more recently, the contribution of hearing to balance control.
Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dizzy Day Clinic, Austin Health
Arimbi has 20 years of clinical physiotherapy practice with an interest in neurological rehabilitation and falls prevention and focussing on vestibular rehabilitation for the past twelve years. She completed her Masters in Vestibular Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University in 2010. Arimbi currently works at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, at Dizzy Day Clinics, and at Austin Health as Outpatient Physiotherapist for patients with neurological and vestibular dysfunction. She conducts regular vestibular rehabilitation physiotherapy training in conjunction with the APA as well as yearly lectures at the University of Melbourne and at James Cook University in Townsville.
Dr Kamran Barin (PhD)
Ohio State University, Ohio
Dr Kamran Barin, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor Emeritus, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and Department of Speech & Hearing Science, The Ohio State University.
Dr Barin will deliver a number of hands-on workshops in the advanced Vestibular Bootcamp stream.
He established and served as the Director of Balance Disorders Clinic at the Ohio State University Medical Center for over 25 years until his retirement in June 2011. He received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has published over 80 articles and book chapters and has taught national and international courses and seminars in different areas of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation.