Director of Centre
Professor Catherine McMahon
McMahon is a researcher, clinical audiologist and Head of Audiology at Macquarie University. McMahon’s research has a strong clinical translational focus that aims to develop improved diagnostics for assessing the benefits of hearing devices, digital processing strategies and training programs for adults with hearing loss. Her research also has a strong focus on understanding the effects of healthcare systems and policies as barriers and facilitators for older adults seeking hearing healthcare.
Professor David McAlpine
McAlpine is the Professor of Hearing, Language & the Brain, and Director of Hearing Research at Macquarie University. While at University College London he oversaw the development of an international leading programme of basic and translational research into hearing and deafness. His own research interests include: binaural hearing, understanding how we listen in noisy environments such as restaurants, bars and streets, cochlear implantation, and potential therapies for hearing problems such as tinnitus.
Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite
Braithwaite is Director of the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science.His research interests include management and change in health sector organisations, as well as restructuring health-services based on empirical evidence. Hes well known for bringing management and leadership concepts and evidence into the clinical arena.
Dr Henry Cutler
Cutler is the Director of the Centre for the Health Economy, and has consulted on a wide variety of health and aged care topics for federal and state government departments, not-for-profit organisations and private companies. His work focuses on health care policy evaluation and analysis using a variety of economic tools and modelling techniques.
Dr Isabelle Boisvert
With a background in clinical Audiology, Boisvert’s research at the Department of Linguistics focuses on using empirical evidence to inform clinical decision-making with regards to treating hearing loss. Her research has led to collaborations with industry and the non-profit sector, and has influenced changes to clinical-practice guidelines
Associate Professor Mridula Sharma
Sharma is a senior lecturer in the Department of Linguistics, with a clinical background in speech and hearing. Her research centers on speech perception in noise, auditory processing, and management strategies for children and adults with listening difficulties.
Professor Frances Rapport
Rapport is Associate Professor of Implementation Science at Macquarie University’s Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science. Her research aims to ensure high-quality research is easily translated into implementable healthcare solutions to improve services for patients, and is developing an Implementation Science Stream of research at the Australian Institute for Health Innovation.
Associate Professor Jorg Buchholz
As an auditory scientist at the National Acoustic Laboratories, Buchholz’s research interests include developing new hearing assessment methods to better predict the performance of hearing-impaired listeners in real-world situations, and the benefit provided by hearing devices.
Dr Nicole Mathews
Based in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies,Matthews’ current research focuses on the convergence between mobile phones and digital hearing aids, and considers the way these technologies might shape the way hearing, hard of hearing, and deaf people imagine assistive technologies and the people who use them.
Professor Enrico Coiera
Coeira is Director of the Centre for Health Informatics, and his research interests include communication in health-care systems, as well as evidence-based decision support. He’s currently involved in research translating health-care evidence into sustainable clinical practice on a wide scale.
Associate Professor Kerry Sherman
A member of the Centre for Emotional Health, Sherman’s research focuses on health psychology, including the psychological impact of breast cancer survivorship for the patient and their families. She has also helped to develop online behavioural oncology interventions.
Advisory board members
Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes
Biological Science; Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research Integrity and Development
Professor Simon Handley
Executive Dean, Faculty Human Sciences
Professor Patrick McNeil
Executive Dean, Faculty Medical & Health Sciences
Professor Mike Heimlich
Associate Dean, International & Corporate Engagement, Faculty of Science
Professor Greg Leigh
Director RIDBC Renwick Centre; Chair, Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee
Professor Chris Roberts
Former CEO of Cochlear; Member, National Innovation and Science Agenda; ‘PLUS’ Professor, UNSW
Former Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cochlear; former Chief-of-staff to former Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Dr Antonio Penna
Director of the Office for Health and Medical Research, NSW Ministry of Health
Professor Anne Schilder
Research Professor, National Institute of Health Research UK; Professor of Paediatric ORL, UCL Ear Institute, UK
Professor Paul Glasziou
Director, Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University; former Director, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Oxford UK
Chair, board of Deafness Forum of Australia; Chief executive, Hear For You