Pádraig is an Associate Professor conducting translational research on severe-profound hearing loss including cochlear implantation. He is head of Hearing Sciences in the School of Medicine, and research theme lead for hearing in the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre.
Pádraig graduated from the Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin where he completed a Bachelor in Music Performance and subsequently received a Fellowship of Trinity College London in Piano. He then studied at the University of York where he completed an MSc in Music Technology and later gained his PhD in Psychology in 2008 by examining how deficiencies in cognition that occur as part of the natural ageing process may contribute to difficulties with listening to what one person is saying when many other people are speaking at the same time. Following the completion of his PhD, Pádraig held a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Psychology in the University of York, carrying out a programme of research on spatial listening skills in normally-hearing and hearing-impaired populations, including users of hearing aids and cochlear implants. Pádraig joined the NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU as a senior research fellow in 2012 to establish a research group on cochlear implantation. Padraig currently leads research on severe-profound hearing loss in the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre.