Dr Katherine Henshall, Research Fellow
Dr Katherine Henshall is a research fellow at the Bionics Institute, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology.
She has a PhD in auditory neuroscience from the University of Melbourne, and a background in research and clinical audiology.
Dr Henshall worked for Professor Colette McKay as a research audiologist for several years prior to obtaining her PhD. Their research focussed on psychophysics and speech perception in cochlear implant recipients. During her PhD, Katherine used neuroimaging and behavioural methods to investigate central auditory processing in people living with schizophrenia and experiencing auditory hallucinations.
Clinically, Dr Henshall has extensive experience fitting cochlear implants and hearing aids to hearing impaired clients. She has taught in the hearing aid program in the Masters in Clinical Audiology course at Melbourne University, and has a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching. She wrote and produced on-line continuing professional development modules for Audiologists for the HEARing CRC, where she was a member of the Executive Management Team.
Returning to the Bionics Institute in 2023, Katherine is a member of the Translational Hearing Research team, led by Professor McKay. Working alongside Dr Tommy Peng, their research brings together her cochlear implant and auditory neuroscience experience, using psychophysics and brain imaging with functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), to investigate and optimise programming methods in cochlear implants. This work aims to improve outcomes in hearing-impaired people who rely on their cochlear implants to hear and communicate effectively.
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- Gavrilescu, M., Rossell, S., Stuart, G. W., Shea, T., Innes-Brown, H., Henshall, K., . . . Egan, G. F. (2010). Reduced connectivity of the auditory cortex in patients with auditory hallucinations: a resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Psychological medicine, 40(7), 1149-1158.
- Henshall, K. R., Sergejew, A. A., McKay, C. M., Rance, G., Shea, T. L., Hayden, M. J., . . . Copolov, D. L. (2012). Interhemispheric transfer time in patients with auditory hallucinations: An auditory event-related potential study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 84(2), 130-139. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.01.020
- Henshall, K. R., Sergejew, A. A., Rance, G., McKay, C. M., & Copolov, D. L. (2013). Interhemispheric EEG coherence is reduced in auditory cortical regions in schizophrenia patients with auditory hallucinations. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89(1), 63-71. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2013.05.005
- McDermott, H., & Henshall, K. (2010). The Use of Frequency Compression by Cochlear Implant Recipients with Postoperative Acoustic Hearing. J Am Acad Audiol, 21(06), 380-389. doi:10.3766/jaaa.21.6.3
- McKay, C. M., Rickard, N., & Henshall, K. (2018). Intensity Discrimination and Speech Recognition of Cochlear Implant Users. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 19(5), 589-600. doi:10.1007/s10162-018-0675-7