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Julia Sarant

Principal Research Fellow
humans
life sciences & biomedicine
science & technology
speech perception
child
deafness
cochlear implants
female
audiology & speech-language pathology
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A/Prof

Julia Sarant

 
Division
Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Cognitive Function And Hearing Loss
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A/Prof

Julia Sarant

 

Julia Sarant is an Associate Professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Melbourne School of Health Sciences. She has been conducting clinical research with children and adults with hearing loss for over 25 years.

At the beginning of her career she was a member of Graeme Clark’s team developing the world’s first multi-channel cochlear implant. Julia's main current research is focused on exploring the relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline in older adults. It is known that there is a significant correlation between hearing loss and a decline in cognitive function in the elderly. Whether hearing loss is a marker for early cognitive impairment or a risk factor for this that can be modified, or both, is currently unknown. Julia is currently leading two studies in this area: 1. investigating the effect of remediation of severe-profound hearing loss with cochlear implants on cognitive function in the elderly (Australian Research Council Linkage grant) and 2: investigating the effect of remediation of hearing loss with hearing aids on cognitive function in older adults (Industry funding; Sonova AG, Switzerland) Julia is also conducting collaborative research with The University of Newcastle, investigating the relationships between hearing loss and various physiological and lifestyle factors in their Hunter Valley Community study of aging. Julia is a chief investigator on an ARC linkage grant investigating the effect of the communicative environment on early communicative and cognitive development in children who receive cochlear implants at an early age. In order to provide the best early intervention options and support for children with cochlear implants, it is critical to understand the factors that best facilitate the development of spoken language from the very early years. This study targets a critical period for language during which the foundations are established, and is investigating the impact of the communicative environment prior to and following a CI on the communicative development of young children with severe to profound hearing loss, through investigating the impact of being raised in an environment in which sign language (a visual language) is used and use of gesture encouraged prior to and following implantation, compared to an environment in which spoken language is the focus and no sign language is used. Julia is also a chief investigator on a study entitled Educational Support for Students Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing: Policy, Practice and Outcomes Research Project, funded by the Department of Education and Training. Julia recently completed a 5-year prospective multi-centre Australian Research Council Linkage Project (2009-2014) investigating broader outcomes of bilateral versus unilateral cochlear implants for children with impaired hearing. This study provided some of the first data worldwide comparing the effects of an additional cochlear implant on language, psychosocial and educational outcomes for children with severe-profound hearing loss, resulting in government funding policy changes in New Zealand and changes to clinical management around the world. Julia has authored 36 papers in peer-reviewed international scientific journals, 7 book chapters, 26 published proceedings and 61 conference presentations, including an invited presentation to UNESCO on special education in 2002. She is an International Expert on the Rochester Institute of Technology National Technical Institute for the Deaf website. She sits on the Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing and is a member of the Deafness Foundation. She holds an appointment at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital as an Honorary Clinical Researcher.

Projects

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8

Projects

Project Types


6

Research Grant


2

Research Contracts


Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2016

Collaborative Research Achievements Award, Melbourne School of Health Sciences

2015

Research Excellence Award, Melbourne School of Health Sciences

2014

Outstanding Contribution Award, The University of Melbourne

2001

American Speech-Language Association 2001 Editor's Award in Hearing

1985

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award

5

Awards

Credentials

Positions


Principal Research Fellow

Audiology And Speech Pathology

Editorial Board Member

Editorial Board, The Journal of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education

Member Advisory Council For Children With Impaired Hearing Victoria

Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing Victoria

Member

Deafness Foundation

Education


PhD

University of Melbourne

Dip Aud

University of Melbourne

BSc

University of Melbourne