PhD student (Paediatric ENT and audiology)
In 2010 Rachel received a studentship to undertake her PhD at the NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU. Her work focuses on the study of the production of coarticulation and on the perception of coarticulatory cues in adults, children and deaf individuals, and the relationship between the two.
Rachel Haines attended the University of Nantes, France, for her undergraduate and Master’s studies in Language Sciences. In 2007, she moved to the UK to take a job as Research Assistant at the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research (MRC IHR).
Rachel feels privileged to be in a setting where she is given the opportunity to develop her multidisciplinary research skills, as her project draws equally from her backgrounds in acoustic phonetics, phonology and hearing research.
Rachel's expertise lies in the conception and administration of psycholinguistic tasks, acoustic analysis techniques, and script writing to aid in stimuli preparation and analysis of speech data. She has additionally been trained in video analysis techniques for speech production and language interaction of clinical populations with hearing impairments and cerebral palsy. Rachel has also gained extensive experience in behavioural and audiometric testing with children from as young as two years of age, and has consulted on making studies more child-friendly for experienced researchers unfamiliar with working with children.
For the 2012 to 2013 academic year, Rachel has been invited to be a Facilitator for the Presentation skills for researchers course that is run by the University of Nottingham Graduate School.