AHH Research and Collaborative Committee members

Professor David McAlpine (Chair)

Macquarie University Hearing

McAlpine is Professor of Hearing, Language and the Brain, Academic Director at Macquarie University Hearing, and an ARC Laureate Fellow. He is an acknowledged global leader in the field of auditory neuroscience and was recently awarded a prestigious Einstein Foundation Fellowship for a project to explore how auditory memories are formed in the listening brain. Previously, as Director of the UCL Ear Institute, he oversaw the Institute’s development into a world-class centre for discovery science and translational research.

Emma Scanlan

Hearing Australia

Emma is Principal Audiologist for Adults at Hearing Australia, mainly responsible for service delivery and quality for adults with complex needs. She has delivered clinical services in the paediatric and adult areas for many years, and manages policy and practice for clients who have severe and profound hearing loss, have poor communication ability, or have other impairments in addition to hearing loss.

Alison King

Hearing Australia

Alison King is Principal Audiologist for Paediatric Services at Hearing Australia.

Dr Brent Edwards

National Acoustic Laboratories

Brent Edwards, Ph.D., is the Director of the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL), where he is currently leading new innovation initiatives that focus on transforming hearing healthcare. For over 22 years he headed research at major hearing aid companies and at Silicon Valley startups that have developed innovative technologies and clinical tools used worldwide. Dr. Edwards founded and ran the Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, California that was a leading site for research in hearing impairment and cognition.

Professor Greg Leigh AO


Director of NextSense Institute and conjointly Professor of Education and at Macquarie University. Greg has served on numerous Australian Government consultative committees and is Chair of the Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee. He is a former National President of the Education Commission for the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf and Chair of the International Congress on Education of the Deaf. He is active in research and serves on the editorial boards of several journals in the field.

Dr Jim Hungerford

The Shepherd Centre

Jim joined The Shepherd Centre as Chief Executive Officer, a charity that helps deaf or hearing impaired children to listen and speak, in 2011.

Jim began his career as a vet in private practice, then joined Biotech Australia, helping to pioneer vaccines for pets and cattle before moving into business development and marketing before making the life-changing decision to join Pareto Fundraising as CEO, and move into the not-for-profit sector in Australia.

Mary-Beth Brinson


Mary Beth Brinson is the Vice President of Global Clinical Affairs for Cochlear Limited. She leads a team of researchers around the globe and is responsible for developing the strategies for clinical evidence and execution of clinical studies. She is a passionate advocate for people and families with hearing loss and for evidence-based clinical practice. Dr. Brinson is currently Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University and holds an MBA from Rutgers University in the USA.

Professor Roger Chung

Macquarie University, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences

Roger is the Professor of Neurobiology and Neurochemistry and Deputy Dean Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Medicine, Health & Human Sciences. His main areas of research interest involve a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the basic biochemical, molecular and cellular mechanisms that underpin how neurons respond to injury or neurodegenerative disease, and how non-neuronal cells (glia) are involved in modulating this process.

Professor Bamini Gopinath

Macquarie University Hearing

Gopinath is the inaugural Cochlear Chair in Hearing and Health. She leads the Public Health and Policy Pillar of MU Hearing. She is an epidemiologist who has been actively involved in developing and conducting numerous population health studies. She has co-authored over 240 peer-reviewed papers, several of which have been in high-ranking medical and health journals (with over 5800 citations to her name). Using large population datasets Bamini has provided novel community-based evidence on the health determinants and health outcomes associated with a sensory loss and disability. Her ongoing research in the public health field aims to translate key study findings into health policy and practice.

Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth

Macquarie University, Department of Linguistics

Katherine Demuth is the founding Director of the Child Language Lab and the Director of the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) at Macquarie University. Demuth’s research focuses on Language Acquisition, including studies of both perception and production. She is especially interested in the development of phonological, morphological and syntactic representations, in both typically developing and language-impaired children and L2 learners.

Associate Professor Paul Sowman

Macquarie University, School of Psychological Sciences

Sowman is the Director of Research in the School of Psychological Sciences at Macquarie University. He trained as a Physiotherapist at Otago University and later graduated with a PhD in Physiology from the University of Adelaide. He subsequently held fellowships with the NHMRC and ARC in the area of speech motor neuroscience. His research uses magnetoencephalography (MEG) and non-invasive brain stimulation methods to understand neural processes underpinning normal and abnormal cognitive development.

Professor Rauno Parrila

Macquarie University, Macquarie School of Education

Parrila is a educational psychologist and a special educator committed to making reading and books available to every child. Rauno is Professor in the School of Education and Deputy Director of Macquarie Centre for Reading at Macquarie University. Before joining Macquarie, he worked in Finland, Norway and Canada. His research focuses on understanding both typical and atypical development of reading skills. He also has a keen interest in reading instruction and interventions, reading development and difficulties in different orthographies, and compensation of learning difficulties in both children and adults.

Louise Dodd

Australian Hearing Hub

Louise provides the executive support for the Australian Hearing Hub Research and Collaborative. Committee.