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.
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
University of Melbourne 2017
University of Melbourne 2014
University of Melbourne 2008
University of Melbourne 2007
University of Melbourne 2006
Awards and honors
Herbert J Oyer Study Reserach Award, Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology,
HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, PhD scholarship,
Available for supervision
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