Professor Suzanne Carolyn Purdy


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Head of School


Academic background includes an MSc in Psychology (Auckland, 1982), PhD in Speech Pathology and Audiology (Iowa, 1990) and a Diploma of Audiology (Melbourne, 1982). Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Audiology in the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland 1990-1999. Senior Research Scientist, National Acoustic Laboratories, Sydney, Australia 2000-2003. Head of Speech Science 2003-2017. Currently Head of School of Psychology, Principle Investigator Centre for Brain Research and Brain Research New Zealand - Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Eisdell Moore Centre for Hearing and Balance Research Deputy Co-director.

Research | Current

  • Communication disorders in adults and children
  • Electrophysiological assessment of auditory function
  • Auditory processing disorder
  • Hearing loss & speech discrimination
  • Cochlear implants
  • Choral singing therapy for people with neurological disease (aphasia & Parkinson’s disease)
  • Perception & production of speech prosody
  • Sensory processing in mild cognitive impairment

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)


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)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member, Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Auckland Neuroscience Network

Member, Minds for Minds Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Network

Member, CATALISE Consortium

Trustee, Hearing Research Foundation

Trustee, M.G. Martin Charitable Trust

Member, Paediatric Technical Advisory Group (PTAG) , New Zealand Audiological Society

Member, New Zealand Audiological Society Complaints Board

Member, Auckland District Health Board Newborn Hearing Screening (ADHB NBHS) Implementation Monitoring and Advisory Group

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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
  • 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
  • Smart, J. L., Kuruvilla-Mathew, A., Kelly, A. S., & Purdy, S. C. (2019). Assessment of the efferent auditory system in children with suspected auditory processing disorder: the Middle ear muscle reflex and contralateral inhibition of OAEs. International journal of audiology, 58 (1), 37-44. 10.1080/14992027.2018.1523578
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Abin Kuruvilla Mathew
  • Plourde, J. M. H., Purdy, S. C., Moore, C., Friary, P., Brown, R., & McCann, C. M. (2019). Gavel Club for people with aphasia: communication confidence and quality of communication life. Aphasiology, 33 (1), 73-79. 10.1080/02687038.2018.1453043
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare McCann
  • Iliadou, V. V., Chermak, G. D., Bamiou, D.-E., Rawool, V. W., Ptok, M., Purdy, S., ... Ferre, J. M. (2018). Letter to the Editor: An Affront to Scientific Inquiry Re: Moore, D. R. (2018) Editorial: Auditory Processing Disorder, Ear Hear, 39, 617-620. Ear and hearing, 39 (6), 1236-1242. 10.1097/aud.0000000000000644


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 2, Room 243
New Zealand

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