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Greg Leigh is Director of RIDBC Renwick Centre for Research and Professional Education at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and conjointly Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies. He began his career in education of the deaf at the Queensland School for the Deaf in Brisbane in 1979. He holds degrees in Special Education from Griffith University; a Master of Science (Speech and Hearing) degree from Washington University (Central Institute for the Deaf) in the USA; and a PhD in Special Education from Monash University. In 2001 he was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and in 2014 he was invested as an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) “for distinguished service to the deaf and hard of hearing community, particularly children, through education, research, public policy development and specialist services”.

Professor Leigh held a variety of positions in the education of deaf children in Queensland before entering academia. He was co-ordinator of the program in education of the deaf at Deakin University from 1987 until taking up the position of Senior Lecturer and foundation Head of RIDBC Renwick Centre in 1993. In 2003 he was International Visiting Scholar at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (Rochester Institute of Technology), New York. As Director of RIDBC Renwick Centre, he is a member of the Senior Leadership Team of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.

Professor Leigh is a member of the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education and Phonetics and Speech Sciences and is a member of the Key Scientists Committee of the Hearing Cooperative Research Centre. He has served on several Australian Government consultative committees including the New South Wales Ministerial Standing Committee on Hearing and the National Neonatal Hearing Screening Working Party. He is currently Chairman of the Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee. He is a former National President of the Education Commission for the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf and is Chair or Co-Chair of the International Steering Committees of both the Asia-Pacific Congress on Deafness (APCD) and the International Congress on Education of the Deaf (ICED).

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology and Special Education, Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University

Speech and Hearing Science, Master of Science, Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL)

Special Education, Bachelor of Education, Griffith University

External positions

Co-Chair, International Committee, International Congress on Education of the Deaf

Jul 2005 → …

Chairman, Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee (Deafness Forum of Australia)

2005 → …

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Research Outputs

Comparing parent and teacher ratings of emotional and behavioural difficulties in 5-year old children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing

Wong, C. L., Ching, T. Y. C., Cupples, L., Leigh, G., Marnane, V., Button, L., Martin, L., Whitfield, J. & Gunnourie, M., 2 Jan 2020, In : Deafness and Education International. 22, 1, p. 3-26 24 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Comparison of caregiver engagement in telepractice and in-person family-centered early intervention

    McCarthy, M., Leigh, G. & Arthur-Kelly, M., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 25, 1, p. 33-42 10 p.

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  • Modelling the early expressive communicative trajectories of infants/toddlers with early cochlear implants

    Bavin, E. L., Sarant, J., Hackworth, N. J., Bennetts, S. K., Buzhardt, J., Jia, F., Button, E., Busby, P., Leigh, G. & Peterson, C., Jul 2020, In : Journal of Child Language. 47, 4, p. 796-816 21 p.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Children with cochlear implants in infancy: predictors of early vocabulary

    Bavin, E., Sarant, J., Leigh, G., Prendergast, L., Busby, P. & Peterson, C., Jul 2018, In : International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 53, 4, p. 788-798 11 p.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)


    Fellow of the Australian College of Educators

    Gregory Leigh (Recipient), 2001

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

    Gregory Leigh (Recipient), 9 Jun 2014

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Peter Howson Medal

    Gregory Leigh (Recipient), 2011

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