Dr Johanna Barry

Johanna Barry

Senior Research Scientist, Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research (MRC IHR)

Dr Barry is currently Head of the Nottingham Clinical Group based at MRC IHR. She is developing a questionnaire to assess listening difficulties in children suspected of auditory processing disorder.

Johanna trained in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. For her PhD at the Bionic Ear Institute, she investigated speech development in Cantonese-speaking children using a cochlear implant. She was awarded a Victorian Fellowship (2000) and a Christian Benoit award (2002) for her work. Johanna's post-doctoral research was undertaken in Professor Dorothy Bishop's group, Oxford Study of Children’s Communication Impairments (OSCCI), where she investigated the causes and correlates of language impairment. She was subsequently awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship to pursue these interests at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. 

Expertise summary

Dr Barry has a broad range of research experience. She has worked with children, aged from 3 to 16 years, and adults. These groups were either typically-developing or had various language, listening or literacy difficulties. Questions underlying all Johanna's research interests are: What is the relationship between perception and higher cognitive skills? How do these skills interact with each other to determine language, listening, or literacy outcomes? These interests form the basis of Johanna's involvement in NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU where she is investigating the impact of mild to moderate hearing loss on auditory and cognitive development.

During the course of her research, Johanna has used a wide range of techniques to investigate her research questions. These have included play audiometry to look at lexical tone perception in young children, psychometric tools to probe cognitive skills, psychophysics, electrophysiology, and functional magnetic resonance imaging.