Helen studied at the University of Leicester, gaining her PhD in Cognitive Psychology in 2011. She began her translational research career at the University of Nottingham in September 2009, working alongside clinical and academic colleagues in the Otology and Hearing Group (NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre). Her research aims to evaluate novel interventions for adults with hearing loss and those who communicate with them.
One of the main research themes aims to identify whether everyday listening abilities can be improved through active engagement with sounds (auditory training) or memory tasks (cognitive training). One of the main issues faced by people with hearing loss is a reduced ability to understand speech in noisy environments. Tests of speech intelligibility, cognition and communication are being assessed pre- and post-training to identify whether generalisable benefits can be gained as a result of training. In addition, Helen is also working alongside colleagues at the NIHR Nottingham BRC and at the University of Nottingham on projects relating to effective patient education, patient motivation and enhanced patient-clinician relations.
Helen is a chartered research psychologist with an interest in the cognitive mechanisms underlying memory and attention for perceptual (auditory and visual) stimuli. Helen's PhD research, which was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), focused on the potential for an individual's long-term memory for the spatial arrangement of objects in real-world images to be used as a query language for image retrieval. During her PhD, Helen gained experience in eye tracking and mathematical modelling techniques. Helen has developed expertise in presbycusis (age-related hearing loss), adult aural rehabilitation, perceptual learning, auditory training, working memory training and audiological and cognitive assessment of adults with hearing loss. Helen's current research spans health service delivery, clinical trials, the development and assessment of novel interventions and systematic literature reviews. Helen is a member of the British Society of Audiology (BSA), the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO), an Associate of the Higher Education Academy (AHEA) and an Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) and Chartered Member (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and BPS Cognitive Section.
QUINN SC, HENSHAW H, CLARK D, FALCK C and SMITH S, 2010. Using the CLOX drawing task to educate the public of the effects of hearing loss. Perception. 39(10), 1420-3
HENSHAW H, CLARK DPA, KANG S and FERGUSON MA, 2012. Computer skills and internet use in adults aged 50-74 years: influence of hearing difficulties. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 14(4), e113