Annelies Bockstael, Ph.D.

Assistant professor at the École d’orthophonie et audiologie
Université de Montréal
annelies.bockstael@umontreal.ca
514 343-2082

Main interest is interdisciplinary research on auditory processing, attention and cognition.

In 2010, I obtained my PhD in Social Health Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium) on improved methods for the verification and implementation of personal hearing protectors at the work floor. This work was a highly interdisciplinary project, supervised by the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and the Acoustics Research group (Department of Information and Communication Technology). From 2010 to 2016, I joined the Acoustics group as postdoctoral fellow of the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO). There I have been working on instantaneous effect of sound on human hearing and functioning.

My main research interest is how noise exposure affects in real-life health, functioning and well-being. I study this in four different domains: noise-induced hearing loss, environmental noise exposure, the effect of noise on cognition and attention, and particular subgroups who are particularly sensitive to sound and noise, including people with neuropsychiatric disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. This includes the assessment of various physiological measurement techniques, such as oto-acoustic emissions (OAE, assessing inner ear functioning) and electro-encephalography (EEG).

I am currently co-supervising one PhD student working on loudness perception and auditory processing in Parkinson’s disease, and another PhD project that will start shortly on single-trial EEG to assess attention fluctuation in auditory processing.

I consider myself an active member of the scientific community with over 30 scientific journal publications, and more than 25 contributions to conferences. I have received from Ghent University the Helmont price of Logopaedic and Audiological Sciences in 2013, the Young scientist award (InterNoise 2013) and the best students paper award at Euronoise 2009. I am also member of the CEN standards’ working group, am peer-reviewer of various journals in the broad field of acoustics, and have been session chair at two conferences.

Together with my scientific work, I am an enthusiastic teacher of various courses in audiology and acoustics, and supervise yearly several master projects, in audiology as well as engineering.