Dr Valerie Looi

MBC 1989-1993Valerie Looi

Valerie Looi attended the Queensland Conservatorium of Music after completing her senior year at Moreton Bay College. She completed a Bachelor of Arts – Music, majoring in piano, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Therapy, at the University of Queensland.

Valerie's personal love of music is a gift that she willingly shares with others. She has dedicated her academic career to investigating the music perception of the hearing impaired.

She worked as a music therapist for Education Queensland while completing her Masters of Clinical Audiology, at UQ. She completed her Masters in 2001, and relocated to Melbourne for six months to work as a research audiologist at the Bionic Ear Institute and University of Melbourne, followed by six months at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, as a Clinical Audiologist.

Valerie then completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne, in 2006, investigating the music perception of cochlear implant and hearing aid users. In this same year, she took up an audiology lecturing position at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009. In 2011 Valerie moved to Sydney to work for Cochlear Ltd., as their first research co-ordinator for Asia Pacific, managing all of their research throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

To date she has 22 publications in international journals to her name, and has presented at 24 national and international conferences, including 6 as an invited speaker. Valerie has written invited review articles, guest edited issues for international journals, consulted for other Universities, won numerous awards and grants for her research, and has overseen several international multi-centre research studies. Additionally she has supervised 20 PhD and Masters Research students.

Valerie has balanced her work and research with her interests in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, in which she medalled in the Pan Pacific Championships in 2002-2004 as well as Group Fitness instructing for Les Mills. Her other leisure activities include rock-climbing, motor biking and travel.

Valerie was awarded the Moreton Bay College Medal in 2010. 


  • M. Clin. Audiol, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Ph.D., The University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • P/Grad Dip in Music Therapy, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • B.A. – Music, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia.
  • A Mus A, Australian Music Examinations Board.
  • Audiological Society of Australia – Full Member, Clinically Certified (M Aud SA-CC)
  • Registered Music Therapist (RMT)

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