PhD, MSc, BA (Hons)

Carmen Kung

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3981-6990


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hearing health
Developmental outcomes
Paediatric hearing
Public Health Research
Qualitative Research
Speech and language outcomes
Speech Perception

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PhD, MSc, BA (Hons)

Carmen Kung

Carmen is a Senior Research Scientist at the Communication Science Department. She first developed a profound appreciation for language systems (and their interaction with cultural environment), and a never-ending curiosity about the psychology of language when attaining her undergraduate studies in psychology and linguistics at Memorial University Newfoundland, Canada.

Eager to learn more about how listeners understand what they hear and the underlying cognitive and neural processes, she then pursued her graduate studies in cognitive neuroscience with a specialisation in psycholinguistics from Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour at Radboud University Nijmegen and International Max Planck School of Language Sciences in the Netherlands. Subsequently (and before joining NAL), she worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a research associate at Macquarie University Child Language Lab. Her research has been focusing on understanding the processes underlying how listeners’ brains make sense of various components of spoken and written language (e.g., grammar, meaning, prosody, pragmatics), and how these processes can be affected other factors (e.g., cognitive abilities, foreign accent, language learning, development), using a combination of research methods (e.g., behavioural, eye-tracking, and electrophysiological measures).

Current Research Area
Bridging with her previous work, Carmen seeks to understand the neural and cognitive processes underlying speech comprehension in children with hearing loss, and how this knowledge can be translated to evidence-based practice for intervention. Currently, she is heavily involved in longitudinal studies at NAL investigating the effectiveness of early identification and intervention on developmental outcomes of children with hearing loss, and help driving research improving ear and hearing health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Current Grants
2020 Centre of Research Excellence in Ear and Hearing Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Project Grant
2019-2020 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Postdoctoral Fellowships Scheme


Key publications

Vella A, Martin L, Marnane V, Kung C, Ching TYC. , 2020
Hearing Review, 2020;27(12):10-13