Dr Giriraj Singh Shekhawat

BASLP, MASLP, PGCert Academic Practice, AFHERDSA, PhD


I am a trained audiologist and speech language pathologist with a decade of clinical, teaching and research experience in India, USA, Singapore, and New Zealand. My research passion lies in exploring novel ways to manage tinnitus especially using neuromodulation and sound therapy. I am currently coordinating POPLHLTH 302 and very interested in exploring work readiness of graduate students. I am also a principle investigator on Auckland Medical Research Foundation Jean Cathie Research Fund Fellowship investigating the longitudinal changes in tinnitus brain networks with short-term and long-term therapeutic intervention. I have research collaborations with universities in Germany, USA, UK, Australia and Belgium. 

Research | Current

Neuromodulation and Tinnitus

High Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation 

Hearing aids and sound therapies

Work readiness

Teaching | Current

2015 - POPLHLTH 302

2015-Lecturer, Medsci 316 Sensory Neuroscience

2014-Lecturer, (AUDIOL702)

2014-2015 Lecturer, Musicians Health Course, (MUS 754)

2011- 2014 Clinical practical, (AUDIOL 702, AUDIOL 714)

Postgraduate supervision

2015: Co-supervisor for 2 MAud students investigating neuromodulation for tinnitus relief. 

2014: Co-supervisor for 1 MAud student, ‘Transcranial random noise stimulation and adaptation level theory’. 


2017 International Central Network and Partnership Grant 

2017 Butland Award for Early Career Excellence in Teaching 

2017 Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust travel grant

2017 AMRF travel grant

2016 International Central Network Funding

2016 MRC Institute of Hearing Research Early Career Award, UK

2015 Auckland Medical Research Foundation Jean Cathie Research Fund Fellowship 

2014 AMRF Travel Grant 

2013 AMRF Jean Cathie Tinnitus Research Award

2012 Best oral presentation in HealtheX 2012 in Applied and Clinical Science, University of Auckland

2012 Finalist for the Exposure, University of Auckland

2011 Best poster in School of Population Health Research Showcase, University of Auckland

2011-2013 Tinnitus Research Scholarship

2006 Gold medal for first rank in Mumbai University (Masters in Audiology & Speech Language Pathology)

2006 Best Post Graduate Student award

2004 Silver medal for second rank (Bachelors in Audiology & Speech Language Pathology)

2003 Young scientist award for best research work in Audiology

2003 Alps audiology quiz award

Committees/Professional groups/Services

International public relations manager for Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI)

Higher education research and development society of australasia (HERDSA) - New Zealand branch committee member

Staff advisory committee university of Auckland 

Reviewer for the following international journals:Brain Stimulation, Acta Acustica United with Acustica, Frontiers in Neurology, International Journal of Audiology, Neural Plasticity, and Journal of American Academy of Audiology.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Rabau, S., Shekhawat, G. S., Aboseria, M., Griepp, D., Van Rompaey, V., Bikson, M., & Van de Heyning, P. (2017). Comparison of the Long-Term Effect of Positioning the Cathode in tDCS in Tinnitus Patients. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 9.10.3389/fnagi.2017.00217
  • Shekhawat, G. S., Sturm, S., & Dunham, A. (2017). ‘I do and I understand’: The importance of reflective placements for the self-perceived work readiness of health sciences students. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, 8 (1), 188-201. 10.21153/jtlge2017vol8no1art655
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sean Sturm, Annette Dunham
  • Shekhawat, G. S., & Schlee, W. (2017). What does tinnitus have to do with hearing loss?. Frontiers for Young Minds, 5 (2)10.3389/frym.2017.00002
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33422
  • Hodgson, S. A., Herdering, R., Shekhawat, G. S., & Searchfield, G. D. (2017). A crossover trial comparing wide dynamic range compression and frequency compression in hearing aids for tinnitus therapy. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 12 (1), 97-103. 10.3109/17483107.2015.1079266
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32138
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Grant Searchfield
  • Shekhawat, G., Sundram, F., Bikson, M., Truong, D., De Ridder, D., Stinear, C., ... Searchfield, G. (2016). Intensity, duration, and location of high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation for tinnitus relief. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 30 (4), 349-359. 10.1177/1545968315595286
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31435
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Welch, Grant Searchfield, Cathy Stinear, Frederick Sundram
  • Jonsson, J., Bohman, A., Shekhawat, G. S., Kobayashi, K., & Searchfield, G. D. (2016). An evaluation of the Reltus ear massager for short-term tinnitus relief. International Journal of Audiology, 55 (1), 38-44. 10.3109/14992027.2015.1077532
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Grant Searchfield, Kei Kobayashi
  • Shekhawat, G. S., Stinear, C. M., & Searchfield, G. D. (2015). Modulation of Perception or Emotion? A Scoping Review of Tinnitus Neuromodulation Using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. Neurorehabil Neural Repair, 29 (9), 837-846. 10.1177/1545968314567152
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Grant Searchfield, Cathy Stinear
  • Searchfield, G. D., Poppe, T., Spiegel, D. P., Wise, K., Shekhawat, G. S., Kennedy, M., ... Russell, B. (8/6/2015). The Effect of MDMA on Tinnitus: Preliminary Results. Poster presented at 9th International TRI Tinnitus Conference: Tinnitus: From Cochlea to Brain and Back, Ann Arbor, Mich. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Grant Searchfield, Tanya Poppe, Maree-Ann Jensen, Frederick Sundram

Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 325
New Zealand