Dr Kathryn Fackrell

Research Fellow (Tinnitus and hyperacusis)

Kathryn studied at Nottingham Trent University achieving a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology, before moving to the University of Nottingham to complete a PhD in tinnitus etiology and management. The PhD focused on the underpinning methodology involved in the measurement of tinnitus, critically evaluating the quality of current recommended tinnitus questionnaires and validating the newly developed Tinnitus Functional Index as a diagnostic and outcome measure for use in research and clinical practice in the UK. During her studies, she successfully obtained an NIHR exchange scheme grant to develop her skills and training in Rasch analysis, a modern approach to evaluating questionnaires, working with experts from Leeds Psychometric laboratory. Kathryn has also applied her statistic skills to Hyperacusis, by validating the Hyperacusis Questionnaire for use in a research population.

Kathryn’s current work aims to explore new treatments and to look at how to maximise the benefits of current NHS Management options.  She is working with patients and partners from across Europe and beyond to improve knowledge and how to treat tinnitus and hyperacusis.

Expertise summary

Kathryn has experience and expertise in tinnitus and hyperacusis. She has gained valuable skills in both quantitative and qualitative research and in the process developed extensive knowledge and a keen interest in statistics, in particular in the field of psychometrics and Rasch analysis. She has experience in using different statistical software programs, including SPSS, AMOS, Mplus and RUMM software.