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Associate Professor Catherine McMahon

BSc UWA, PGDipAudio Melb, PhD UWA, PGDipHEd Macq.

Catherine McMahon

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : 1.605
Phone : +61 2 9850 8775
Fax : +61 2 9850 9352
email : cath.mcmahon@mq.edu.au
Homepage : http://www.ling.mq.edu.au/about/staff/mcmahon_catherine/index.html

External Address

Department of Linguistics
The Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University

Awards

  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Extra Mile Award (2015), Lukin, A., Bishop, B., Hubbard, M., McKnight, L., Nicholas, M., Loveday, A., Robredo Moran, S., Moore, S., Murray, J., Barnes, S., Finkbeiner, M., Sutton, J., Kaplan, D.M., Brooks, K., McMahon, C., Boag, S., Hayden, J., Hadley, F. Newall, C., Harrison, N. "For the faculty HDR administrative team for outstanding and effective customer service, as well as an ability to problem solve and provide support."
  • ACUR 2014 Jury Prize for a Paper (2014), Lo, C.Y., Dillon, H., Cameron, S., & McMahon, C.M. ($500)

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme (2016) "Neuroscan system comprising a Synamps 2/RT 64-channel EEG/EP/ERP and CURRY processing software." McArthur, G., Badcock, N., Demuth, K., Thompson, W.F., Nickels, L., Kinoshita, S., McMahon, C., Arguel, A., & Newall, C. ($99,379)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Equipment Grant (2015) "Elastic caps for electroencephalogram (EEG) electrode placement." Badcock, N., Caruana, N., de Lissa, P., Boisvert, I., Sharma, M., McMahon, C., Demuth, K., & McArthur, G. ($2,902)
  • Macquarie University PACE Development Grant (2015) "Integration of PACE experiences within the Audiology Research Group activities via an online platform." Boisvert, I., Lo, C.Y., & McMahon, C.M. ($8,750)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Equipment Grant (2014) "Ultrasound probes and head-fixations for functional Transcranial Doppler Sonography." Badcock, N.A., Avolio, A., McMahon, C., & Curby, K. ($9,983)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Equipment Grant (2014) "Speech studio equipment." Cox, F., Proctor, M., Demuth, K., Crain, S., Xu, N., Slatyer, H., Kruger, J.-L., Mannell, R., Yuen, I., Palethorpe, S., McMahon, C., Barnes, S., Thornton, R., Cupples, L., & Sharma M. ($9,980)
  • ARC Linkage Project [LP140100468] (2014 - 2017) "Learning to talk, talking to learn: Effects of an early childhood language program in remote Northern Territory indigenous communities." Jones, C., Escudero, P., Mattock, K., Sharma, M., Rosas, L., Everitt, P., Taumoepeau, M., Demuth, K., McMahon, C., Spiers, I., Wing, R.J., & Demosthenous, S. ($183,000)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Equipment Grant Scheme (2013) "Australian English-speaking child language acquisition database". Cox, F., Palethorpe, S., Demuth, K., & McMahon, C. ($9,267)
  • Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grants [9201301063]. (2013) "Tobii eye-tracker and sound level meter for testing infants and young children." Demuth, K., Xu Rattanasone, N., Cox, F., Proctor, M., McMahon, C., & Sharma, M. ($77,661)
  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme Grant (2013) "Magnetic resonance-compatible integrated audio-visual stimulus delivery system." Seymour, K., Woolgar, A., Rich, A.N., Williams, M.A., McMahon, C., Demuth, K., Magnussen, J., Carlson, T., Curby, K., & Zopf, R. ($40,621)
  • Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block (2012 - 2013) "Tobii eye-tracker for testing infants and young children." Demuth, K., Grant, K.-A., McMahon, C., Crain, S., Thornton, R., Sharma, M., Cox, F., Tsukada, K., Zhou, P., & Moscati, V. ($49,150)
  • The Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) Seed Grant (2012) "Investigating young children's sentence processing abilities using EEG." Demuth, K., McMahon, C., Sharma, M., Johnson, B., Peter, V., & Miles, K. ($10,000)
  • Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grants Scheme (2011 - 2012) An MEG brain imaging system for Cochlear implants. Crain, S., Johnson, B.W., & McMahon, C. ($360,000)
  • Macquarie University Research Centres Scheme (2007 - 2011) "Centre for Language Sciences." Crain, S., Peters, P., Cupples, L., Johnston, T.A., Nickels, L., McMahon, C., & Thornton, R. ($150,000)
  • Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training Co-operative Research Centres Programme (2006 - 2014) The HEARing Co-operative Research Centre Project R4.7.2B “Cortical evaluation of implant performance.” Johnson, B.W., Crain, S., & McMahon, C.

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Chen, J.K.C., McMahon, C.M., & Lieber, L.P.H. (2012). Strategies to improve music perception in cochlear implantees. In C. Umat & R.A. Tange (Eds.), Cochlear implant research updates. Rijeka: InTech.
  • McMahon, C.M., Bate, K., Al-meqbel, A., & Patuzzi R. (2012). Cochlear implantation in auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder. In Umat, C. & R.A. Tange (Eds.), Cochlear implant research updates (pp. 213-232). Rijeka: InTech.
  • McMahon, C.M., Patuzzi, R., Gibson, W.P., & Sanli, H. (2009). Identification of different subtypes of auditory neuropathy using electrocochleography. In K. Kaga & A. Starr (Eds.), Neuropathies of the Auditory and Vestibular Eighth Cranial Nerves (pp. 21-36). Tokyo: SpringerLink.

Periodicals

  • McMahon, C.M., Boisvert, I., de Lissa, P., Granger, L., Ibrahim, R., Lo, C., Miles, K., & Graham, P.L. (2016). Monitoring alpha oscillations and pupil dilation across the performance-intensity function. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 745. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00745
  • Boisvert, I., McMahon, C.M., Dowell, R.C., & Lyxell, B. (2015). Long-term asymmetric hearing affects cochlear implantation outcomes differently in adults with pre- and postlingual hearing loss. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0129167. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129167
  • Lo, C.Y., McMahon, C.M., Looi, V., & Thompson, W.F. (2015). Melodic contour training and its effect on speech in noise, consonant discrimination, and prosody perception for cochlear implant recipients. Behavioural Neurology, 2015, 352869. doi:10.1155/2015/352869
  • Bardy, F., McMahon, C.M., Yau, S.H., & Johnson, B.W. (2014). Deconvolution of magnetic Acoustic Change Complex (mACC). Clinical Neurophysiology, 125, 2220-2231. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2014.03.003
  • Bardy, F., Van Dun, B., Dillon, H., & McMahon, C. (2014). Deconvolution of overlapping cortical auditory evoked potentials recorded using short stimulus onset-asynchrony ranges. Clinical Neurophysiology, 125(4), 814-826. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2013.09.031
  • Chen, J.K.C., Yi-Chiun Chuang, A., McMahon, C., Tung, T.H., & Lieber, L.P.H. (2014). Contribution of non-implanted ear to pitch perception for prelingually deafened cochlear implant recipients. Otology & Neurotology, 35, 1409-1414. doi:10.1097/MAO.0000000000000407
  • Gopinath, B., Schneider, J., Flood, V.M., McMahon, C.M., Burlutsky, G., Leeder S.R., & Mitchell, P. (2014). Association between diet quality with concurrent vision and hearing impairment in older adults. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 18(3), 251-256. doi:10.1007/s12603-013-0408-x
  • Lo, C.Y., Dillon, H., Cameron, S., & McMahon, C.M. (2014). Evaluation of headphone effects on performance in the LiSN & Learn auditory training software. ANU Undergraduate Research Journal, 6, 147-159.
  • Peter, V., Wong, K., Narne, V., Sharma, M., Purdy, S., & McMahon, C. (2014). Assessing spectral and temporal processing in children and adults using Temporal Modulation Transfer Function (TMTF), Iterated Ripple Noise (IRN) perception, and Spectral Ripple Discrimination (SRD). Journal of American Academy of Audiology, 25(2), 210-218. doi:10.3766/jaaa.25.2.9
  • Schneider, J., Dunsmore, M., McMahon, C.M., Gopinath, B., Kifely, A., Mitchell, P., Leeder, S., & Wang, J.J. (2014). Dual sensory impairment (DSI) and hearing aid use among clients attending low vision services in Australia: The "Vision-Hearing Project". Journal of Aging and Health, 26(2), 231-249. doi:10.1177/0898264313513610
  • Schneider, J., Dunsmore, M., McMahon, C.M., Gopinath, B., Kifley, A., Mitchell, P., Leeder, S.R., & Wang, J.J. (2014). Improving access to hearing services for people with low vision: Piloting a “Hearing Screening and Education Model” of intervention. Ear and Hearing, 35(4), e153-e161.
  • Gopinath, B., Hickson, L., Schneider, J., McMahon, C.M., Burlutsky, G., Leeder, S., & Mitchell, P. (2013). Hearing impaired adults are at increased risk of experiencing emotional distress and social engagement restrictions five years later. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 41(5), 618-623. doi:10.1093/ageing/afs058
  • Gopinath, B., Schneider, J., McMahon, C.M., Burlutsky, G., Leeder, S.R., & Mitchell, P. (2013). Dual sensory impairment in older adults increases the risk of mortality: A population-based study. PLoS ONE, 8(3), e55054.
  • Harris, S., Psarros, C., McMahon, C., & Boisvert, I. (2013). Factors affecting the outcomes of cochlear implantation for postmeningitically deafened children. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Audiology, 33(1), 27-34.
  • Li , L.P.H., Lee, W.C., Chuang, A.Y.C., McMahon, C., Tung, T.H., & Chen, J.K.C. (2013). Low body mass index and jaw movement are protective of hearing in users of personal listening devices. Laryngoscope, 123(8), 1983-1987. doi:10.1002/lary.23955
  • McMahon, C.M., Gopinath, B., Schneider, J., Reath, J., Hickson, L., Leeder, S., Mitchell, P., & Cowan, R. (2013). The need for improved detection and management of adult-onset hearing loss in Australia. International Journal of Otolaryngology, 2013, 308509. doi:10.1155/2013/308509
  • Mugridge, D., & McMahon, C.M. (2013). A qualitative study of Meniere's management experiences and their effectiveness in meeting patients' needs. Australia & New Zealand Journal of Audiology, 33(1), 15-26. [Link]
  • Tavora-Viera, D., Boisvert, I., McMahon, C.M., Maric, V., & Rajan, GP. (2013). Successful outcomes of cochlear implantation in long-term unilateral deafness: Brain plasticity? Neuroreport, 24, 724-729.
  • Boisvert, I., McMahon, C.M., & Dowell, R. (2012). Long-term monaural auditory deprivation and bilateral cochlear implants. Neuroreport, 23(3), 195-199. doi:10.1097/WNR.0b013e32834fab4b
  • Gopinath, B., Hickson, L., Schneider, J., McMahon, C.M., Burlutsky, G., Leeder, S., & Mitchell P. (2012). Hearing-impaired adults are at increased risk of experiencing emotional distress and social engagement restrictions five years later. Age and Ageing, 41(5), 618-623. doi:10.1093/ageing/afs058
  • Gopinath, B., Schneider, J., Hickson, L., McMahon, C.M., Burlutsky, G., & Mitchell, P. (2012). Hearing handicap, rather than measured hearing impairment, predicts poorer quality of life over 10 years in older adults. Maturitas, 72(2), 146-51.
  • Gopinath, B.. Schneider, J., McMahon, C.M., Teber, E., Leeder, S., & Mitchell, P. (2012). Severity of age-related hearing loss is associated with impaired activities of daily living. Age and Ageing, 41(2), 195-200. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afr155
  • Schneider, J., Gopinath, B., McMahon, C.M., Teber, E., Leeder, S., Wang, J.J., & Mitchell, P. (2012). Prevalence and 5-year incidence of dual sensory impairment in an older Australian population. Annals of Epidemiology, 22(4), 295-301. doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2012.02.004
  • Boisvert, I., McMahon, C.M., Tremblay, G., & Lyxall, B. (2011). Relative importance of monaural sound deprivation and bilateral significant hearing loss in predicting cochlear implantation outcomes. Ear and Hearing, 32(6), 758-66. doi:10.1097/AUD.0b013e3182234c45
  • Gopinath, B., Flood, V.M., McMahon, C.M., Burlutsky, G., Spankovich, C., Hood, L., & Mitchell, P. (2011). Dietary antioxidant intake is associated with the prevalence but not the incidence of age-related hearing loss. Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, 5(10), 896-900.
  • Gopinath, B., Flood, V.M., Teber, E., McMahon, C.M., & Mitchell P. (2011). Dietary intake of cholesterol is positively associated and use of cholesterol-lowering medication is negatively associated with prevalent age-related hearing loss. Journal of Nutrition, 141(7), 1355-1361. doi:10.3945/jn.111.138610
  • Gopinath, B., Schneider, J., Hartley, D., Teber, E., McMahon, C.M., Leeder, S., & Mitchell, P. (2011). Incidence and predictors of hearing aid use and ownership among older adults with hearing loss. Annals of Epidemiology, 21(7), 497-506. doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2011.03.005
  • Mitchell, P., Gopinath, B., Rochtchina, E., McMahon, C., Wang, J.J., Schneider, J., & Leeder, S.R. (2011). Five-year incidence and progression of hearing impairment in an older population. Ear and Hearing, 32(2), 251-257. doi:10.1097/AUD.0b013e3181fc98bd
  • Schneider, J.M., Gopinath, B., McMahon, C.M., Leeder, S.R., Mitchell, P., & Wang, J.J. (2011). Dual sensory impairment in older age. Journal of Aging and Health, 23(8), 1309-1324. doi:10.1177/0898264311408418
  • Gopinath, B., Flood, V.M., Rochtchina, E., McMahon, C.M., & Mitchell, P. (2010). Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and fish and risk of age-related hearing loss. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 92(2), 416-421. doi:10.3945/ajcn.2010.29370
  • Gopinath, B., Rochtchina, E., Flood, V.M., McMahon, C.M., & Mitchell, P. (2010). Serum homocysteine and folate levels are associated with prevalent age-related hearing loss. Journal of Nutrition, 140(8), 1469-1474. doi:10.3945/jn.110.122010
  • Schneider, J., Gopinath, B., Karpa, M.J., McMahon, C.M., Rochtchina, E., Leeder, S.R., & Mitchell P. (2010). Hearing loss impacts on the use of community and informal supports: The Blue Mountains study. Age & Ageing, 39(4), 458-464. doi:10.1093/ageing/afq051
  • Vilayur, E., Gopinath, B., Harris, D.C., Burlutsky, G., McMahon, C.M., & Mitchell, P.T. (2010). The association between reduced GFR and hearing loss: A cross-sectional population-based study. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 56(4), 661-669. doi:10.1053/j.ajkd.2010.05.015

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Lo, C., McMahon, C.M., Looi, V., & Thompson, W.F. (2016, October). The benefits of music training for individuals with hearing loss. Paper presented at the Inaugural Annual Conference of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training, Macquarie University.
  • McMahon, C.M. (2016, October). Measuring the cognitive contributions to listening speech. Paper presented at the Inaugural Annual Conference of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training, Macquarie University.
  • Watkinson, J., Bristol, G., McMahon, C.M., Auton, J., & Wiggins, M.W. (2016, October). Exploring the validity of an assessment tool for measuring the cue utilisation performance of audiologists-in-training. Paper presented at the Inaugural Annual Conference of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training, Macquarie University.
  • Lo, C.Y., McMahon, C.M., Looi, V., & Thompson, W.F. (2014, November). Melodic contour training and its effect on speech perception for cochlear implant recipients. Paper presented at the Audiology Australia Continuing Professional Development Event, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Lo, C.Y., Dillon, H., Cameron, S., & McMahon, C.M. (2014, September). Evaluation of headphone effects on performance in the LiSN & Learn auditory training software. Poster session presented at the Posters in Parliament, Canberra, Australia.
  • Lo, C.Y., Dillon, H., Cameron, S., & McMahon, C.M. (2014, September). Evaluation of headphone effects on performance in the LiSN & Learn auditory training software. Paper presented at the Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research, ANU, Canberra, Australia.
  • Bardy, F., Yau, S.H., Johnson, B., Van Dun, B., McMahon, C., & Dillon, H. (2014, June). Deconvolution of Magnetic Acoustic Change Complex (mACC). Paper presented at the Hearing Across the Lifespan Biennial Conference, Lake Como, Italy.
  • Bardy, F., Van Dun, B., Dillon, H., & McMahon, C. (2014, May). Deconvolution of ears’ activity (DEA): A new experimental paradigm to investigate central auditory processing. Paper presented at the 32nd World Congress of Audiology, Brisbane.
  • Bardy, F., McMahon, C.M., Yau, S.H., & Johnson, B.W. (2014, March). Rapid magnetic acoustic change complex: An objective measure of spectra-temporal discrimination. Paper presented at the 30th International Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology, Berlin, Germany.
  • Bardy, F., Turner, L., Van Dun, B., Dillon, H., & McMahon, C. (2013, June). Rapid electrophysiological assessment in infants: Analysis of paired-stimuli sequences using deconvolved overlapping Cortical Auditory Evoked Responses. Poster session presented at the XXIII International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group Biennial Symposium, New Orleans, USA.
  • Bardy, F., Van Dun, B., Johnson, B.W., McMahon, C., & Dillon, H. (2013, June). ‘Separation of Ear’-activity in the auditory cortex: A possible new method to investigate central auditory processing. Paper presented at the XXIII International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group Biennial Symposium, New Orleans, USA.
  • Bardy, F., Yau, S.H., Johnson, B.W., Van Dun, B., McMahon, C., & Dillon, H. (2013, June). Deconvolution of magnetic Acoustic Change Complex (mACC) to rapid vowel-vowel transition in normal hearing adults. Paper presented at the XXIII International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group Biennial Symposium, New Orleans, USA.
  • Bardy, F., Turner, L., Van Dun, B., Dillon, H., & McMahon, C. (2013, April). Rapid electrophysiological assessment in infants: Analysis of paired-stimuli sequences using deconvolved overlapping Cortical Auditory Evoked Responses. Poster session presented at the Australian Hearing Hub Inaugural Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Bardy, F., Yau, S.H., Johnson, B., Van Dun, B., McMahon, C., & Dillon, H. (2013, April). Deconvolution of magnetic Acoustic Change Complex (mACC) to rapid vowel-vowel transition in normal hearing adults. Paper presented at the Australian Hearing Hub Inaugural Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Miles, K., Peter, V., Demuth, K., & McMahon, C. (2013, April). Investigating young children’s sentence processing abilities using EEG. Paper presented at the Australian Hearing Hub Inaugural Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Miles, K., Peter, V., Demuth, K., & McMahon, C. (2013, April). Investigating young children’s sentence processing abilities using EEG. Paper presented at the Australian Hearing Hub Inaugural Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Bardy, F., Van Dun, B., Dillon, H., & McMahon, C. (2012, July). Deconvolution of Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials: Theory and applications. Paper presented at the XX Australia Audiology National Conference, Adelaide.
  • Bardy, F., Van Dun, B., Dillon, H., & McMahon, C. (2011, June). Deconvolution of overlapping Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials (CAEPs) recorded using very short ISIs. Paper presented at the XXII International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group Biennial Symposium, Moscow, Russia.
  • Bardy, F., Van Dun, B., Dillon, H., & McMahon, C. (2011, June). The effect of alternating frequency and reducing inter-stimulus interval on paired Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials (CAEPs). Poster session presented at the XXII International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group Biennial Symposium, Moscow, Russia.
  • Bardy, F., Van Dun, B., Dillon, H., McMahon, C., & Sharma, M. (2010, November). Cortical auditory evoked potentials in response to alternating tone stimuli. Paper presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, Melbourne.

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