Professor Suzanne Carolyn Purdy

MSc, PhD, DipAud, FAAA, MNZAS(Honorary), ASHA(Associate),NZSTA(Associate)

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Iwi: Te Rarawa, NgāiTakoto. Currently Head of School of Psychology,University of Auckland and Principal Investigator in the University of Auckland Centre for Brain Research (CBR) and the Brain Research New Zealand - Rangahau Roro Aotearoa (BRNZ) Centre of Research Excellence. Academic background in psychology, audiology and speech science with research interests in communication disorders, auditory processing, hearing and neurological conditions. Current international collaborations include Macquarie University, Hong Kong University and University of Manchester. Previous collaborations with Oxford University (CATALISE Consortium) and National Acoustic Laboratories, Sydney.

Research | Current

Teaching | Current

Course Director SPCHSCI 733. Teaching PSYCH 313 and SPCHSCI 733.

Postgraduate supervision

Bachelor Honours in Psychology, PYSCH 308, MSLTPrac, MSc(SpchSc), MSc/MA(Psych), PhD(SpchSc/Psych)


2018 New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association 2019 Grace Gane Memorial Award

2016 National Foundation for the Deaf Inc. Hearing Hero Supreme Award

2012 NZ Speech-language Therapists’ Assoc. Marion Saunders Literary Award

2005 Inaugural Outstanding Service Award, NZ Audiological Society

2004 Certificate of Outstanding Service, Audiological Society of Australia

1989 University of Iowa Collegiate Associations Council Research Award

1987-1990 University of Iowa Graduate Assistantship

1987-1990 New Zealand Department of Health Study Award

1987-1990 Fulbright Travel Award for PhD study at the University of Iowa

1978 University of Auckland Senior Psychology Prize


  • Head of School of Psychology
  • Chair, International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group
  • Deputy Co-Director, Eisdell Moore Centre for Hearing and Balance Research
  • Member of Brain Research New Zealand Theme 4 Leadership team

Areas of expertise

  • Research areas: communication disorders and hearing loss in children and adults, auditory processing and electrophysiology, sensory and cognitive processing in people with neurological disease
  • Principal Investigator, The University of Auckland Centre for Brain Research (CBR)
  • Principal Investigator, Brain Research New Zealand - Rangahau Roro Aotearoa Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Sharma, M., Purdy, S. C., & Humburg, P. (2019). Cluster analyses reveals subgroups of children with suspected auditory processing disorders. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 (2481), 1-14. 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02481
  • Sultana, N., Wong, L. L. N., & Purdy, S. C. (2019). Analysis of Amount and Style of Oral Interaction Related to Language Outcomes in Children With Hearing Loss: A Systematic Review (2006-2016). Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR, 62 (9), 3470-3492. 10.1044/2019_jslhr-l-19-0076
  • Taylor, S., Purdy, S. C., Jackson, B., Phillip, K., & Virues-Ortega, J. (2019). Evaluation of a Home-Based Behavioral Treatment Model for Children With Tube Dependency. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 44 (6), 656-668. 10.1093/jpepsy/jsz014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Leadley, Bianca Jackson, Katrina Phillips
  • Sharma, M., Cupples, L., & Purdy, S. C. (2019). Predictors of Reading Skills in Children With Listening Concerns. Ear and hearing, 40 (2), 243-252. 10.1097/aud.0000000000000608
  • Purdy, S. C. (2019). Auditory processing disorder. In J. S. Damico, M. J. Ball (Eds.) The SAGE encyclopedia of human communication sciences and disorders. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: SAGE Publications. Related URL.
  • Purdy, S. C., Taylor, S., Schluter, P. J., Tautolo, E.-S., Iusitini, L., Ahmad, Z., ... Paterson, J. (2019). Hearing and ear status of Pacific children aged 11 years living in New Zealand: the Pacific Islands families hearing study. International journal of audiology, 58 (2), 77-86. 10.1080/14992027.2018.1506170
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gerhard Sundborn
  • Jackson, B. N., Purdy, S. C., & Cooper-Thomas, H. D. (2019). Role of Professional Confidence in the Development of Expert Allied Health Professionals: A Narrative Review. Journal of allied health, 48 (3), 226-232.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bianca Jackson
  • Cañete OM, Almasio, V., Torrente, M. C., & Purdy, S. C. (2019). Performance of older adults with hearing loss on the staggered spondaic word test – Spanish version (SSW-SV). Hearing, Balance and Communication10.1080/21695717.2019.1630976


Contact details

Alternative contact

+64 21 524 933

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Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
New Zealand

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