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Gabrielle Saunders

Dr, Professor of Audiology

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My research is broadly designed to optimize outcomes of auditory rehabilitation by furthering our understanding of hearing-related behaviors and individual differences that impact help-seeking and outcome. I am interested in understanding the facilitators and barriers to help seeking and uptake of auditory rehabilitation, and in applying principles of health behaviour psychology to change these.  However, because current hearing rehabilitation technology (primarily hearing aids) does not completely restore hearing function, my research also aims to ensure that hearing rehabilitation outcomes are optimized for each individual through developing hearing education and counselling that uses evidence-based practices, and personalized interventions for each individual. Finally, in recent work I have been using big datasets examine connections between hearing-related outcomes and audiological clinical pathways, and other health-related diagnosis and procedures with a view to developing practice recommendations and illuminating potential issues and solutions specific to the exploitation of service-wide datasets in audiology. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Audiology/Psychology, MRC Institute of Hearing Research

Award Date: 10 Aug 1989

Bachelor of Science, Human Biology with Psychology, Chelsea College, University of London

Award Date: 6 Jun 1985

External positions

Elected Member, Scientific Committee Fondation Pour l'Audition, Fondation Pour l'Audition

Apr 2020 → …

Member, Communication Subgroup, NINDS/NICHD Common Data Elements 2020-present (CDEs) Working Group, National Institutes of Health

Apr 2020 → …

Investigator (WOC), National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR)

25 Jul 2018 → …


  • Audiology
  • psychology
  • health behaviur
  • rehabilitation


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