Professor Louise Hickson
Professor Hickson is recognised internationally as a leader in audiology. Her major research themes are age-related hearing impairment, the associated effects of that impairment on the communication abilities and quality of life of older adults, and the efficacy of different forms of intervention (e.g., hearing aid fitting, communication education) with this population. She has published over 215 publications including 4 books and 15 book chapters.
Professor Hickson is a world leader in hearing rehabilitation research and her work has changed practice in Australia and overseas. The Active Communication Education (ACE) program that she developed and evaluated has been used in Australia, the UK, the USA, Canada and Sweden. She is committed to the transfer of knowledge into practice and has extensive professional links that facilitate this transfer. She is an elected Fellow and past President of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology and a fellow and immediate past President of Audiology Australia. She is also Chair of the Ida Institute Advisory Board in Denmark and an Editor of the International Journal of Audiology. In 2013 Prof Hickson received the international research award from the American Academy of Audiology. She is regularly invited to give keynote addresses to clinical and research conferences around the world.
PositionsProfessor of Audiology and Head of School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Co- Director of the Communication Disability Centre, UQ