Professor Deborah Hall

Deputy Director, Research Lead (Measures for clinical trials)

Deborah graduated from Brunel University in Psychology and completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology with Professors Glyn Humphreys and Jane Riddoch at Birmingham University in 1996. She moved to the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research (MRC IHR) in Nottingham to develop auditory functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), first as a postdoctoral research fellow, then as a programme leader. In 2009, she left to establish cognitive neuroscience teaching and research in the Division of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, whilst also leading the tinnitus research group at the BRU.

Deborah was awarded the British Society of Audiology Thomas Simm Littler prize in 2010 for her services to audiology. She is currently Section Editor of the international journal ‘Hearing Research’.

Expertise summary

Deborah has been working in the field of auditory fMRI for over 15 years. Her research has introduced novel imaging strategies to circumvent the problem of the background scanner noise and has used these tools to examine acoustical and cognitive aspects of normal and impaired hearing, including pitch perception and auditory selective attention.

Within the NIHR Nottingham BRC, her primary research goals are to improve the quality of evidence for hearing-related treatments.  She is doing this by developing consensus among patients and professionals about what is important to measure and how to measure it.  The list of measures is called a Core Outcome Set.