Professor Colette McKay completed her undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Melbourne in Physics and Mathematics and following this undertook clinical training in Audiology at the same institution. From 1989 to 2004 she held full time research fellow positions in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne. During this time, her research focussed on psychophysics, speech perception, and signal processing in cochlear implants, although she contributed more widely to other areas such as auditory processing in patients with schizophrenia.

In 1998 she was awarded a Senior/Principal Research Fellowship from the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation and in 2003 an NH&MRC Principal Research Fellowship. In 2002 she was elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America for her research to improve speech understanding in cochlear implant users.

In 2005 Colette took up a position as Chair in Auditory Sciences at Aston University in the UK, where she launched the auditory research program as well as developing and implementing an undergraduate degree in Audiology. From 2007 she was appointed Chair in Applied Hearing Research at the University of Manchester, UK, where she led the Audiology and Deafness Research Group, and was Director of Research for the School of Psychophysical Sciences. In 2009 she was awarded the Thomas Simm Littler prize for contributions to auditory research by the British Society of Audiology.

In 2013, Colette returned to Melbourne with the assistance of a Victorian State Government Senior veski Innovation Fellowship, to take up the role of Leader in Translational Hearing Research at the Bionics Institute. Colette currently holds honorary professorial fellowships at the University of Melbourne Departments of Otolaryngology and Medical Bionics.

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Research projects

Infant hearing

Programming cochlear implants

Understanding listening effort

Improving cochlear implants

Student projects

Brain connectivity in cochlear implant users

Using brain imaging to explore language development in infants

Exploring the effect of neural dead regions in the cochlea on hearing with a cochlear implant

Improving speech understanding of cochlear implant users with neural dead regions in the cochlea

Understanding differences in outcome of cochlear implants

RMIT PhD Scholarship in multi-sensor, multimodal machine learning for hearing assessment

Recent publications

  1. Weder, S., M. Shoushtarian, V. Olivares, X. Zhou, H. Innes-Brown, and C. McKay. 2020. Cortical fNIRS Responses Can Be Better Explained by Loudness Percept than Sound Intensity. Ear and Hearing: [epub ahead of print]. doi: 1097/aud.0000000000000836.

  2. Zhou, X., H. Innes-Brown, and C. McKay. 2019. Audio-visual integration in cochlear implant listeners and the effect of age difference. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 146(6): 4144-4154. doi: 1121/1.5134783.

  3. Mao, D., H. Innes-Brown, M. A. Petoe, Y. T. Wong, and C. M. McKay. 2019. Fully objective hearing threshold estimation in cochlear implant users using phase-locking value growth functions. Hearing Research. 377: 24-33. doi: 1016/j.heares.2019.02.013. Full Text

  4. Shoushtarian, M., S. Weder, H. Innes-Brown, and C. M. McKay. 2019. Assessing hearing by measuring heartbeat: The effect of sound level. PLoS ONE. 14(2): e0212940. doi: 1371/journal.pone.0212940. Full Text

  5. Brochier, T., C. McKay, and H. McDermott. 2018. Encoding speech in cochlear implants using simultaneous amplitude and rate modulation. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 144(4): 2042-2051. doi: 1121/1.5055989. Full Text

  6. Mao, D., H. Innes-Brown, M. A. Petoe, Y. T. Wong, and C. M. McKay. 2018. Cortical auditory evoked potential time-frequency growth functions for fully objective hearing threshold estimation. Hearing Research. 370: 74-83. doi: 1016/j.heares.2018.09.006.Full Text

  7. Peng, F., H. Innes-Brown, C. M. McKay, J. Fallon, Y. Zhou, X. Wang, N. Hu, and W. Hou. 2018. Temporal Coding of Voice Pitch Contours in Mandarin Tones. Frontiers in Neural Circuits. 12(55). doi: 3389/fncir.2018.00055. Full Text

  8. Zhou, X., A. K. Seghouane, A. Shah, H. Innes-Brown, W. Cross, R. Litovsky, and C. M. McKay. 2018. Cortical Speech Processing in Postlingually Deaf Adult Cochlear Implant Users, as Revealed by Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. Trends in Hearing. 22: 2331216518786850. doi: 1177/2331216518786850. Full Text

  9. McKay, C. M., N. Rickard, and K. Henshall. 2018. Intensity Discrimination and Speech Recognition of Cochlear Implant Users. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO: [epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1007/s10162-018-0675-7. View-only version
  10. Weder, S., X. Zhou, M. Shoushtarian, H. Innes-Brown, and C. McKay. 2018. Cortical Processing Related to Intensity of a Modulated Noise Stimulus-a Functional Near-Infrared Study. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO: [epub ahead of print]. doi: 1007/s10162-018-0661-0. Full Text

Further information

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