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David Maidment

Research Fellow (Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss), Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

David studied at Cardiff University, graduating in 2008 with a BSc degree in Applied Psychology. As part of his degree, David completed a one-year professional placement at Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London (UCL) Institute of Child Health. During his time in London, he worked with children diagnosed with high-functioning autism, as well as patients with memory and language impairments. David then went on to complete an MSc (2009) and PhD (2013), funded by an Economic & Social Research Council 1+3 studentship. Under the supervision of Dr. Bill Macken, he explored how different modes of speech interact in verbal short-term memory.

After his PhD, David worked as a Research Associate within the Auditory Learning team led by Dr. Sygal Amitay at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research. The aim of his research was to develop more effective training programmes that could be applied to the treatment and rehabilitation of disorders associated with auditory processing.

Throughout his studies, David has also undertaken a number of volunteer roles. He has worked with children with autism as part of the National Autistic Society's befriending scheme, as well as in adult mental health services at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (Whitchurch Hospital/Park Road Rehabilitation Unit) and Nottinghamshire NHS Trust (Rampton Hospital). David worked briefly as an Independence Worker for the Mansfield, North Nottinghamshire based charity Jigsaw, offering support to vulnerable people over the age of 60 with dementia.

In his current role as a Research Fellow within the Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss team at the NIHR Nottingham BRC, David now intends to bring together his diverse experiences and expertise. He hopes to develop novel, patient-centred intervention strategies, for patients to overcome loss of social activity and participation arising from difficulties in their hearing.

Expertise Summary

David's main expertise is Cognitive Psychology, specifically learning and memory in humans. His previous research has focused on verbal short-term memory, auditory perceptual organisation (i.e. auditory streaming/'grouping'), lip-reading, and audiovisual speech processing in both children and adults.

He has extensive experience of conducting behavioural/psychoacoustic experiments on auditory training and learning, including designing and implementing new paradigms, recruiting and testing participants, and analysing data. He has knowledge of advanced statistical methods and analysis, which he has taught formally at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

David is a member of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS).

Teaching Summary

David has particular expertise in the field of psychological research methods and design. He has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students in project writing and advanced statistical… read more

Research Summary

Working within the Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss team at the NIHR funded Nottingham BRC, David's current research aims to find clinical strategies for overcoming loss of social activity and… read more

Recent Publications

David has particular expertise in the field of psychological research methods and design. He has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students in project writing and advanced statistical analysis. See below for a comprehensive list of the teaching roles David has undertaken to date:

2012

Teaching Assistant, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Acting as an assistant to teaching for the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology in areas of statistics, including design and analysis of small service review projects.

2011

Free-Standing Module Essay Marker, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Marked essays (approx 25) for the Introduction to cognitive and Biological Psychology, and General Psychology modules.

2010 - 2012

Statistics Tutor, Student Support Services, Cardiff University

I provided weekly statistics support for students from multiple disciplines (Psychology, Business, and Neuroscience) with specific learning difficulties, disabilities, medical conditions and mental health difficulties.

2010

Level 2 Practical Support, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

I assisted second year undergraduates in the design, implementation and analysis of an assessed developmental psychology practical (5 one-hour organised sessions).

2009 - 2011

Level 2 Statistics Teaching Assistant, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Three weekly classes of approximately one hundred undergraduate students, which included teaching advanced statistical analyses, e.g. Factor Analysis and Multiple Regression, and practical demonstrations of SPSS.

Marking involved three statistic assignments (~200) and two exams (~200 scripts).

2008 - 2012

Level 1 Practical Tutor, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Preparing and administering fortnightly one-hour tutorials to a group of seven first year psychology undergraduates in the areas of practical report writing and statistics.

Key duties include marking reports (~42) and providing feedback on statistic assignments (~12) throughout the academic year.

Current Research

Working within the Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss team at the NIHR funded Nottingham BRC, David's current research aims to find clinical strategies for overcoming loss of social activity and participation caused by difficulties in hearing. The team are evaluating novel technological and patient-centred interventions using randomised control trials, targeting those groups most affected. The overall goal of the team is to focus on enhancing patients' engagement and compliance with their treatment so that it will give them maximum benefit.

Past Research

David's past research interests have focused on verbal short-term memory, auditory perceptual organisation (i.e. auditory streaming/'grouping'), lip-reading and audiovisual speech processing. In his most recent role, David gained two years post-doctoral experience as a Research Associate at the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham Clinical Section. During this time he have conducted behavioural/psychoacoustic experiments in normal and impaired hearing adults and children, focusing on auditory training and learning. David also has experience of conducting research in healthcare settings within the NHS and charity sectors. See below for a detailed list of David's previous research positions:

2013 - 2015

Research Associate, MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham

Within the Auditory Learning Group David investigated the mechanisms of auditory perceptual learning and explored the ways in which it could be applied to improving auditory processing in hearing impairments. The position involved conducting behavioural experiments on auditory training and learning in adults, including designing and implementing new paradigms, recruiting and testing participants, analysing data using existing tools and developing new analysis tools.

Summer 2007

Research Assistant, Institute of Child Health, London

Within the Behavioural and Brain Sciences unit, David was involved in the recruitment and testing of matched-control participants for a study investigating a small cohort of family members presenting impairments in memory and language. He gained extensive experience of Neuropsychological assessment in the following areas: Intelligence, Language, Semantic Knowledge, Memory, and Social Cognition.

2006 - 2007

Research Assistant, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Within the Social Communication Disorders clinic, David worked alongside a team of clinicians assessing referrals from CAMHS. Children diagnosed with autism, as well as their families, were then recruited for the Autism Family Research project. Within the family home, David administered a battery of tests, including standardised tests of intelligence (WASI), emotion recognition, and theory of mind. He also collected DNA samples via buccal swabs.

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