Ruth Brooke

Ruth Brooke

Profile

My background is neuroscience. Having obtained my PhD in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology in 2002, I chose to pursue an associated clinical path, obtaining an MSc in Audiology and the Certificate in Audiological Competence. I have been a lecturer in Audiology at the University of Leeds since 2007.  My areas of focus, with regards to research and teaching, are balance disorders and assessment, neurophysiology and electrophysiological auditory and vestibular assessment techniques, and the stigmatisation and medicalisation of hearing impairment. I am also very interested in identifying and evaluating novel approaches to the education and training of audiologists and other health professionals. A specific area of interest with regards to this is the use of technology and simulations in enhancing skill development and the educational experience.

Responsibilities

  • Programme Manager
  • Chair of ARC School of Medicine Research Ethics Sub-Committee

Research interests

Most recently, my research has been focused on the stigmatisation and medicalisation of hearing impairment, primarily within the UK. I am also very interested in identifying and evaluating novel approaches to the education and training of audiologists and other health professionals and I am currently involved in a number of pedagogic projects including investigations regarding the use of simulations in enhancing skill development and the student experience and internationalisation of health training.

Qualifications

  • MSc Audiology
  • PhD Autonomic Neuroscience
  • BSc (Joint Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology

Professional memberships

  • British Society of Audiology

Student education

I am a BSc programme manager and lead and teach on a number of health science related modules. My areas of expertise are audio-vestibular science, disorders and assessment techniques (particularly electrophysiology) and research ethics, and I teach aspects relevant to these areas on a number of courses and modules. I use a range of innovative approaches and cutting-edge technologies top to support my teaching and enhance the student learning experience (e.g. SECTRA virtual anatomy, variable fidelity simulations).

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
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