DR Caitlin Barr

DR Caitlin Barr


  • Models of service delivery, professionalism and ethics working with people who have communication disabilities (eHealth; International Classification of Functioning)
  • Optimising hearing rehabilitation for people with hearing loss and their significant others (Patient-centred care; patient-practitioner communication)
  • Psychosocial and emotional communication in hearing rehabilitatoin



  • Dr Caitlin Barr is a lecturer in Audiology within the School of Health Sciences. Dr Barr's research focuses on the holistic management of adults with hearing impairment. Her research interests include: optimising outcomes for adults with hearing impairment including best practice fitting of hearing aids; optimal patient-practitioner communication; implementation of evidence-based practice; and, novel models of practice including eHealth solutions; obtaining a better understanding the population needs for hearing care service delivery including working with community dwelling adults and in aged care rehabilitation settings; developing and evaluating new tools, and resources that optimise clinicians’ behaviour change and professional development; and implementing patient- and family-centred care in hearing rehabilitation. Dr Barr's research utilises a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies.   


Member of

  • Australian Association of Gerontology. Early Career Researcher 2016 -
  • American Academy of Communication in Healthcare. . 2015 -
  • European Association for Communication in Healthcare. . 2015 -
  • Audiology Australia. Board Director 2012 -
  • Ida Institute, Denmark. . 2012 -
  • Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology. . 2011 -
  • Audiology Australia. Certificate of Clinical Practice 2010 -
  • Australian_Society_of_Audiologists. Full member (non CCP) 2009 -
  • Audiology Australia. Full member 2009 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Dr Barr is a CI on a number of cross-institution granted research projects. 1. Project lead: HEARing Cooperative Research Project (2015-2019) Developing best-practice guidelines for implementation of person-centred hearing care 2. CIB: Deafness Foundation grant (2016-2018) Family-centred care in paediatric hearing rehabilitation programs: How is it being implemented in day to day practice? 3. CIB: Ida Institute, Denmark (2016-2017) How effectively can clinicians identify clients' readiness for change within standard initial audiology appointments?   


Education and training

  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2017
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • MClinAud, University of Melbourne 2008
  • GDipAud, University of Melbourne 2007
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 2006

Awards and honors

  • Herbert J Oyer Study Reserach Award, Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, 2014
  • HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, PhD scholarship, 2010


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Barr currently supervises PhD and Master of Clinical Audiology research students. Current PhD projects include: - Development of an audiologist-administered psychologically-informed intervention to improve mental health and well being in adults with hearing loss - Teaching and learning patient-centred communication in audiology: Barrier and facilitators to implementation - Patient-centric care means business: Evidence and implications of patient-centred care for hearing care organisations in Australia - Defining the characteristics and traits of interactions between vestibular migraineurs and their doctors - Third party impairment and family-centred care for chronic vestibular conditions