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Dr Stuart McLaren PHD, MSc (Hons)

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Dr Stuart J McLaren has taught in the subjects of:

  • water and waste treatment
  • occupational and environmental noise assessment
  • building acoustics
  • biophysical effects of noise. 

 His research interests include:

  • noise in early education (and the effects on children and their teachers, especially those with auditory function difficulties)
  • classroom acoustics
  • drinking water quality and chemistry, including disinfection byproducts.

Taiwan Fellowship 2019

He is the recipient of the prestigious Taiwan Fellowship 2019 awarded by the Government of Taiwan – an award not usually given to scientists.

For one year (which began in mid-February 2019), Dr Stuart J McLaren will be based at the Kaohsiung Medical University in the Research Center for Environmental Medicine and hosted by Professor Ming –Tsang Wu, the Director of the Center. While in Taiwan, he will investigate noise and acoustics in early childhood education and the effects on children and their teachers. This will be the first study of its kind in Taiwan and follows much of the work Stuart has carried out at Massey University.

About the Research Center for Environmental Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University

Kaohsiung Medical University was formally established in 1954 as a medical college and three years later, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital started to operate for students’ clinical training and patients’ medical services. In 1999, Kaohsiung Medical College was promoted to be Kaohsiung Medical University. It is now one of the leading medical institutions in Taiwan, striving for excellence in research, scholarship and medical care.

The Research Center for Environmental Medicine is one of the few institutions in the university and in Taiwan to be awarded a prestigious Center of Excellence award by the Ministry of Education.

The Center carries out a wide range of environmental and occupational medicine-related research activities and hosts regular international conferences. The next conference will be the International Conference for Frontier in Environmental and Occupational Medicine, to be held in November 2019 and will host national and international researchers and scholars from Taiwan, Japan, USA, India and for the first time, Massey University.

Dr Stuart J McLaren has been teaching and researching at Massey University since 1997. He teaches and conducts research in the fields of environmental and occupational health.

He is the recipient of the prestigious Taiwan Fellowship 2019 awarded by the Government of Taiwan – an award not usually given to scientists. He is currently based at the Kaohsiung Medical University in the Research Center for Environmental Medicine, where he is undertaking research related to noise and acoustics in early education.

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Professional

Qualifications

  • PhD (2008)
  • MSc - Waikato University (1994)
  • NZ Diploma in Science - AAVA (1985)
  • Royal Society of Health Diploma for Health Inspectors - Royal Society of Health (UK) (1979)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Dr Stuart J McLaren’s research interests include:

  • noise in early education (and the effects on children and their teachers, especially those with auditory function difficulties)
  • classroom acoustics
  • drinking water quality and chemistry, including disinfection byproducts
  • occupational noise measurement and assessment
  • environmental noise measurement and assessment.

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Health Promotion (111712): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Public Health and Health Services (111700): Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)

Keywords

Noise  in the workplace, occpupational noise, sound, ealry education, acoustics, environmental noise.  Drinking water assessment and chemistry, Disinfection  Byproducts 

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • Japanese
    Last used: used frequently
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Needs work
  • Chinese (language student in Taiwan 2019)
    Last used: Frequent
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Teaching and Supervision

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Renee Hislop - Doctor of Philosophy
    The effect of estrogen and progesterone on sex differences in susceptibility to noise induced hearing loss

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