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Colette McKay

Medical Bionics Department
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
audiology & speech-language pathology
cochlear implants
acoustic stimulation
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Colette McKay

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Colette McKay


Professor Colette McKay leads the translational hearing research at The Bionics Institute of Australia. She holds honorary appointments at the University of Melbourne Department of Medical Bionics and Department of Otolaryngology.

She obtained her PhD in Physics in 1979 followed by the Diploma in Audiology in 1980. Until 2005 she contributed to the development of the cochlear implant at the Department of Otolaryngology. Her work in that period led to two prestigious principal research fellowships. In 2005 she took up a chair position at Aston University in Birmingham UK where she developed a new hearing research programme and the new UK undergraduate course in audiology. From 2007 to 2013 she led the Audiology and Deafness Research Group at the University of Manchester, where she retains an honorary appointment. In 2013 she returned to Australia with a veski Senior Innovation Fellowship. Her current research focus includes objective programming of cochlear implants for infants, the development of fNIRS as an imaging tool to evaluate cross modal plasticity in deafness, and the application of signal processing to new deep brain stimulation devices.


Displaying the 4 most recent projects by Colette McKay.

Additional Information

• NH&MRC project grant (1997-1999) Application 970398 - Title: “Speech perception by cochlear implantees: perceptual and related psychophysical studies”


• NH&MRC project grant (1997-1999) Application 970597 - Title: “Auditory Hallucination, the phonological loop and coping strategies” - Budget: $231,153

• Australian Academy of Science (1997) - Scientific Exchange Scheme with Royal Society (London) - Budget: $7850

• The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Senior/Principal Research Fellowship (1998-2002) - Title: “Fundamental processes affecting the performance of profoundly deaf patients with cochlear implants” - Budget: $795,000

• The Lever Hulme Trust (UK) project grant (2000-2002) - Title: “Perceptual fusion and segregation of electrical stimulation by cochlear implant users” - Budget: £94,630

• Melbourne Research Grant Scheme (2002) - Title: “Perceptual ability of children with auditory neuropathy” - Budget: $28,000

• Melbourne Research Grant Scheme (2003) - Title: “Improved temporal perception by cochlear implantees” - Budget: $25,200

• The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Post-Graduate Scholarship Fund (2002-2004) - Title: “A study of the interaction of pitch and loudness in electrical stimulation to improve spectral shape perception among cochlear implantees” - Budget: $74,301

• NH&MRC project grant (2002-2004) Application 208927 Title “Improved perception of temporal information in electrical signals for profoundly deaf users of cochlear implants” - Budget:


• The Deafness Foundation (Victoria) Project Grant (2004) - Title: “Perceptual characterisation of children with congenital sensorineural hearing loss”


• NH&MRC Principal Research Fellowship (2003-2007) Grant # 251545 - Budget $675,000

• NH&MRC project grant (2003-2005) # 236025 - ”The neurobiology of auditory hallucinations: characterisation of dysfunction within a neural circuitry model”
Budget: $330,280

• The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation project grant (2003-2005) - Title “Central auditory processing and cortical connectivity: quantification in auditory hallucinations using functional magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalography.” - Budget $266,685

• Royal National Institute for Deaf People Project Grant (2003-2006) - Title: “Improving speech perception and localisation by cochlear implant listeners”
Budget: £146,940 (UK)

• Wellcome Trust Project Grant ref# 080216 (2007-2010) - Title: Pitch perception by cochlear implant users Budget £138,346

• MRC Project Grant G0701461/85204 (2008-2011) - Title: Automatic and individually optimised fitting of cochlear implants Budget £564,620

• HEAR Trust Research Grant (2008-2110) - Title: Investigating individual differences in outcomes for cochlear implant patients

• ESRC CASE award with Advanced Bionics ref# ES/G030189/1 (2008-2011) - Title: Listening in noise: improved speech understanding by cochlear implantees
Budget £72,540

• Royal Society Joint Project award ref# JP0872240 (2009-2010) - Title: Auditory perception using auditory mid-brain implants Budget: £10,000

• Cochlear Ltd supported PhD studentship (2009-2012) - Title: Automated fitting of cochlear implants - Budget £74,000

• MRC project grant ref# G0802190 (2009-2011) - Title: Development of an objective method for diagnosing dead regions in the cochlea - Budget £228,730

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 96 most recent scholarly works by Colette McKay.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Thomas Simm Littler award

The British Society of Audiology


John Tyndall Scholarship

The University of Melbourne


Dixson Research Scholarship

The University of Melbourne


Professor Kernot Research Scholarship

The University of Melbourne


Dunlop Rubber Australia Ltd. Research Scholarship

The University of Melbourne


veski Senior Innovation Fellowship


NHMRCF - NHMRC Fellowship


FASA - Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America


Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Senior/Principal Research Fellowship







Medical Bionics Department


British Society of Audiology


Association for Research in Otolaryngology

Clinical Certification

Audiological Society of Australia



Post Graduate Diploma in Audiology

University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science (honours)

University of Melbourne