Jo became a Lecturer in Audiology at Queen Margaret University in June 2006 and a Senior Lecturer in 2015. She has particular responsibility for teaching modules related to paediatric audiology, aural habilitation and implantable devices. Jo is Programme Leader for the MSc (post-registration) in Rehabilitative Audiology.
Jo received her M.A. (Hons) in Psychology from St. Andrews University in 1991 and her M.Sc. in Audiology from Manchester University in 1992. After qualifying as an audiologist, she worked as a Clinical Scientist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, a Teaching and Research Assistant at McGill University in Montreal, and a Clinical Scientist and Aural Habilitationist with the Adult and Paediatric Cochlear Implant Programmes in Manchester. In 2000, Jo established the High Hopes Foundation, a Scottish charity which provided services for children who are hearing impaired, their families and the professionals who work with them. In 2004, Jo received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Manchester, where she studied the early language development of young children using cochlear implants.
Between 2008 and 2013, Jo was external examiner for the PGCert in Hearing and Development and PGDip in Auditory Verbal Therapy at Aston University in Birmingham. Since 2015 she has been external examiner for the MSc in Advanced Audiology at University College London.
Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:
Jo is Audiology research lead for QMU’s Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language research centre and a member of the Speech and Hearing Sciences Dissertation Committee. Her research interests include early language learning and literacy in children who are hearing impaired, cochlear implants, auditory verbal therapy and hearing care for older adults in residential care home settings.
Active Research Interests:
In 2015, alongside her colleague, Christine Johnson, Jo made a successful application ot the Abbeyfield PhD Studentships Scheme. Abbeyfield are providing more than £80,000 funding to allow a PhD student, under Jo’s supervision, to carry out research into the provision of hearing care for older adults in the residential care home environment.
Research Grants & Contracts Funding:
Abbeyfield PhD Studentship 2016-2019 for study of ‘Hearing Care for Older People in Residential Care Homes’ - £75,938
Jo has particular responsibility for teaching modules related to paediatric audiology, paediatric aural habilitation, adult aural rehabilitation and implantable devices. She teaches on all three audiology programmes - Diploma in Hearing Aid Audiology, MSc (pre-registration) in Audiology, MSc (post-registration) in Rehabilitative Audiology – and on both the BSc and MSc Speech and Language Therapy programmes. Jo also co-ordinates the MSc Audiology dissertation modules alongside colleague, Christine Johnson.
Programme Leader for the MSc (post-registration) in Rehabilitative Audiology.