Melissa McCarthy

Role: PhD Student


Melissa is a Research Fellow at RIDBC Renwick Centre and PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle. She received her Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Smith College in 2002 and relocated to Australia in 2004. As a qualified Teacher of the Deaf, Early Childhood Teacher and LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, Melissa has worked in a variety of educational settings with children of all ages, in both the United States and Australia. Her current research is focused on the use of telepractice to deliver early intervention services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.

PhD title

Early intervention for children with hearing loss:  A comparison of telepractice and in person settings.

PhD Project

Melissa’s PhD project will investigate the application of telepractice to a family-centred early intervention program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and their families. It will also seek to analyse the impact of telepractice on the delivery of those services.

PhD Supervisor

Professor Michael Arthur-Kelly, University of Newcastle