DR Colleen Holt

DR Colleen Holt


  • Perception and production of speech in the hearing impaired (cochlear implants)
  • Prosody, intonation, language processing, cochlear implants, perception and production of speech in the hearing impaired (acoustic phonetics, cochlear implants)



  • Colleen completed her PhD in Audiology and Linguistics at The University of Melbourne. Her doctoral work investigated the perception and production of prosody by adolescent cochlear implant users, using an autosegmental-metrical approach.

    Colleen's current research is based around two themes:
    • How the use of a cochlear implant affects language development in those who speak lexical tone languages such as Cantonese, and;
    • Whether using a cochlear implant affects language processing.

    In 2011, Colleen developed the Phonetics and Linguistics subjects of the Master of Speech Pathology which has been offered at The University of Melbourne since 2011.  She was Subject Coordinator for these subjects from 2011-2015.

    Colleen is also employed in the Office of the Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Coursework) in the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University, where she is Deputy Coordinator for the Core FIrst Year (Health Courses) and Subject Coordinator of a work-integrated learning placement subject.   


Member of

  • Australian Linguistics Society. Full Member 2005 -
  • Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association. Full Member 2004 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2016 Naylor, R., Holt, C. and Blanksby, T. Latrobe University Teaching and Learning Grant."If I knew then what I know now..." Harnessing the student voice in online peer mentoring resources.
    2013 Vogel, A., Lee, K.Y., Dowell, R., Looi, L., Holt, C. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. Tonal language development in Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking children with cochlear implants.
    2013 Holt, C. and Davidson, B. The University of MelbourneTeaching and Learning Initiatives Small Grant. eFundamentals: Developing online problem-based learning to extend linguistic analysis to clinical speech pathology practice.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • MTC, University of Melbourne 2011
  • BA(Hons), Monash University 2003

Awards and honors

  • Melbourne School of Health Sciences Teaching and Learning Award, 2015
  • Melbourne School of Health Sciences Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology Research Excellence Award 2014, 2014
  • Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship, 2010
  • M.A. Bartlett Research Scholarship, 2010
  • Best Presenter, HearingCRC Student Symposium 2010, 2010
  • Travel for Research in Postgraduate Study (TRIPS), 2010
  • Special Postgraduate Studentship (The University of Melbourne), 2008
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Australian Government), 2008



Available for supervision

  • Y