Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child Resilience Center

Addressing the gap between children who have experienced trauma and the mental health services they deserve.

What We Do

The DHHCRC supports the mental health of DHH children and families by increasing resources and reducing barriers to quality care.

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Addressing trauma among underserved deaf and hard of hearing children.

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Making a way for new innovations, treatment, and training.

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Closing the gap between mental health services and accessibility.

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Make a difference and get paid for your time!

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Unique Needs

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children experience unique communication and social barriers which can increase their overall risk for trauma exposure.

The Child Resilience Center is here to combat the limited trauma-informed and language-accessible mental health treatments available for deaf and hard of hearing children. We are making tools and resources accessible in ASL, adapting evidence-based treatments, training clinicians, and learning more about language deprivation.

Quality Care for All

Develop different approaches to best improve services and provide for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families.

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Creating accessible tools and questionnaires for more accurate screening.

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Increase specialized intervention adapted for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth.

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Provide culturally- and linguistically-sensitive training for mental health professionals.


Distribute new resources and educational materials.

What is language deprivation?


Develop a better understanding of language deprivation to improve identification and prevention.

Programs and Services

Our Center is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
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Our Sponsors and Partners

SAMHSA Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
The Learning Center for the deaf
University of Rochester
Allegheny Health Network

Dollar amount of federal funds awarded:


September 30, 2023 – September 29, 2024

Percentage total cost of the program financed with federal funding:


Percentage and dollar amount of the total costs funded by non-governmental sources:


Meet the Team

Lori Day

Center Director / Professor

Ai Minakawa

Research Support Specialist

Patrick Boudreault

Translation Track Director

Sheila Maynard

Graduate Apprentice

Tiffany Bridgett

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Va'lecia Penney

Graduate Assistant

Dru Balsley

Graduate Research Assistant / DHHCRC

Sharon Baker


Wyatte Hall

Language Deprivation Track Director

Danielle Previ

Intervention Track Director - TF-CBT

Kasey Pendexter

Intervention Track Director - SMART

Judith Cohen

TF-CBT Co-Developer

Elizabeth Romero

Intervention Track Director - TF-CBT

Elizabeth Warner

SMART Co-Developer

Chelsea Lee

On-Call Worker/DHHCRC

Lori Day

Center Director / Professor



Campus Students

Yes, we welcome Gallaudet undergraduate or graduate interns who are enthusiastic about contributing to mental health research and interventions for the DHH community. To apply for an internship please contact the center directly for specific application details and requirements. Please note that spaces are limited and fill quickly, so we recommend contacting us at least one semester in advance of when you anticipate completing your internship.

Yes, we offer opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to work as assistants, contributing to our various projects at different levels. As an assistant, you will have the chance to collaborate with experienced researchers and professionals in the field. Please reach directly for more information on application procedures and eligibility criteria.


Yes, we welcome visitors interested in learning more about our research and projects. To plan your visit, please contact the center in advance to schedule a meeting. If you have specific agenda items, it would be helpful to know, so we may involve other team members to join the discussion. We look forward to learning about your work, too.

Yes, whether you prefer an in-person or virtual meeting, we are open to discussions and collaborations. To schedule a meeting, please contact us.

As a part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), we welcome partnerships that align with our center’s mission. To explore collaboration opportunities, please reach out to us for more information and possibilities.

No, the DHHCRC focuses on research, training, and development of resources related to mental health within the DHH community. While the DHHCRC does not provide clinical services, our work may contribute to advancements in mental health services. If you seek clinical services, you can visit the Gallaudet University Psychology Clinic and make an appointment.

Contact Us

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child Resilience Center

HMB e150

(202) 370-1315

9am - 4pm
9am - 4pm
9am - 4pm
9am - 4pm
9am - 4pm

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