Professor Louise Hickson

Head of School

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
l.hickson@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 57139

Overview

hearing impairment, hearing loss, hearing rehabilitation and habilitation for children and adults

Louise Hickson is Professor of Audiology and Head of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland. She is also Co-Director of the Communication Disability Centre at that University. Professor Hickson has published 250 research articles, books and book chapters with her main focus on the effects of hearing impairment on people's everyday lives and the development of strategies and interventions that improve the uptake and outcomes of hearing rehabilitation. Her most recent book to be published in 2019 is "Patient and Family-Centered Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: A Practical Guide for Students". Professor Hickson is an elected Fellow and past President of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology and a Fellow and immediate Past President of the Audiology Australia. In 2013 she received the International award from the American Academy of Audiology in recognition of her global contribution to hearing research. In 2014, she received the Chancellor’s University of Queensland Leadership Award for outstanding and exemplary leadership and broader contribution to the faculty, university and profession. Professor Hickson is a sought after speaker and regularly presents at conferences around the world. She also provides advice to hearing rehabilitation service providers both in Australia and overseas and is committed to improving services for people with hearing difficulties.

Research Interests

  • Effects of hearing impairment on the lives of older adults and the rehabilitation of older people with hearing impairment.
    Professor Hickson is recognized 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. To a lesser extent, evaluating the efficacy of audiological interventions for children. In collaboration with Dr Adrian Fuente, she has expanded her research work to include hearing impairment acquired by noise and solvent exposure. Examples of her profile and impact are invitations to speak at 3-4 national and international conferences each year, her editorship of the International Journal of Audiology, her roles as research representative on the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing’s Hearing Services Consultancy Committee, and Australasian representative on the WHO Steering Committee on Hearing.

Research Impacts

Prof Hickson is a world leader in hearing rehabilitation research and her work has changed practice in Australia and overseas. For example, the Active Communication Education (ACE) program that she developed and evaluated has been used in Australia, the UK , the USA, Canada, Korea, Iran and Sweden. She is committed to the transfer of knowledge into practice and has extensive professional links that facilitate this transfer. For example, she is the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Ida Institute in Denmark, the Leader of Phonak's international Family-Centred Care Expert Panel, an Editor of the International Journal of Audiology and immediate past President of Audiology Australia. She is regularly invited to give keynote addresses to clinical and research conferences around the world.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Masters, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Hickson, Louise (2013). Evidence-based practice in adult audiologic rehabilitation. In Joseph J. Montano and Jaclyn B. Spitzer (Ed.), Adult audiologic rehabilitation Second Edition ed. (pp. 401-414) San Diego, CA, United States: Plural Publishing.

  • Worrall, L., Hickson, L. and O'Callaghan, A. (2013). International Alliances. In Rosemary Lubinski and Melanie W. Hudson (Ed.), Professional issues in speech-language pathology and audiology 4th ed. (pp. 138-156) Clifton Park, NY United States: Delmar, Cengage Learning.

  • Lena, Wong and Louise, Hickson (2012). Evaluation and implementation of EBP in audiology. In Wong Lena and Hickson Louise (Ed.), Evidence-based practice in rehabilitative audiology evaluating: interventions for children and adults with hearing impairment (pp. 309-322) San Diego, CA, United States: Plural Publishing.

  • Lena, Wong and Hickson, Louise (2012). Evidence-based practice in audiology. In Wong Lena and Hickson Louise (Ed.), Evidence-based practice in rehabilitative audiology evaluating: interventions for children and adults with hearing impairment (pp. 3-22) San Diego, CA, United States: Plural Publishing.

  • Laplante-Lévesque, Arianne, Hickson, Louise and Worrall, Linda (2012). Matching evidence with client preferences. In Lena Wong and Louise Hickson (Ed.), Evidence-based practice in audiology: Evaluating interventions for children and adults with hearing impairment (pp. 41-58) San Diego, CA, United States: Plural Publishing.

  • Hickson, L. (2009). Evidence-based practice in adult audiologic rehabilitation. In Montano, J. J. and Spitzer, J. B. (Ed.), Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation (pp. 367-380) Brisbane, Australia: Plural Publishing.

  • Cruice, M., Hill, R., Worrall, L. and Hickson, L. (2008). Comparing and contrasting views: Building a consensus around quality of life with aphasia. In Joffe, V., Cruice, M. and Chiat, S. (Ed.), Language Disorders in Children and Adults: New Issues in Research and Practice (pp. 98-121) London: John Wiley.

  • Worrall, L. E. and Hickson, L. M. H. (2007). International alliances. In R. Lubinski, L. A. C. Golper and C. M. Frattali (Ed.), Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (pp. 123-137) Clifton Park, New York: Thomson Delmar Learning.

  • Hickson, L M H (2006). Educational partnerships with clients who have hearing impairment. In K. McKenna and L. Tooth (Ed.), Client Education: A Partnership Approach for Health Practitioners (pp. 226-245) Sydney: Univ NSW Press.

  • Worrall, L. and Hickson, L. (2002). Communication disability in ageing: a program of research. In H. Bartlett and R. Findlay (Ed.), Ageing research: a cross-disciplinary view (pp. 47-56) Qld, Australia: Centre for Human Ageing Colloquium Series, The University of Queensland.

  • Worrall, L.E. and Hickson, L. M. H. (2001). International alliances. In R. Lubinski and C. Frattali (Ed.), Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 2nd ed. (pp. 77-94) San Diego, CA: Singular Thomson Learning.

  • Pye, D., Worrall, L. E. and Hickson, L. M. H. (2000). Assessment and treatment of functional communication in an extended care facility. In Linda E. Worrall and Carol M. Frattali (Ed.), Neurogenic communication disorders: A functional approach (pp. 312-328) New York: Thieme.

  • Thyer, N., Barbara, D. and Hickson, L. M. H. (2000). Do Children with Literacy Difficulties have non-native-like CVC Perception?. In Michael R. Perkins and Sara Howard (Ed.), New Directions in Language Development and Disorders (pp. 279-292) New York: Kluwer Academic.

  • Larkins, Brigette M., Worrall, Linda E. and Hickson, Louise M. H. (2000). Functional communication in cognitive communication disorders following Traumatic Brain Injury. In L. E. Worrall and C. M. Frattali (Ed.), Neurogenic communication disorders: A functional approach (pp. 206-219) New York: Thieme.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision