The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child Resilience Center was created to address the gap between children who have experienced trauma and the mental health services they deserve.

Addressing trauma among underserved deaf and hard of hearing children.

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

Closing the gap between mental health services and accessibility.

We’ve developed a multi-tier approach to improve the quality of services and to eliminate health disparities for deaf children, adolescents, and their families. Our goals include:
  • Measures: Creating culturally and linguistically accessible tools to assess trauma symptoms and trauma-related behaviors in deaf and hard of hearing children and youth.
  • Treatments: Increasing the number of evidence-based trauma-focused interventions adapted for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth.
  • Training: Growing the number of mental health professionals trained in culturally and linguistically accessible evidence-based trauma-focused interventions.
  • Resources: Disseminating new training, resources, and screening materials to educate providers and families about the unique cultural and linguistic needs of deaf and hard of hearing children.
  • Language: Developing a new screening measure of language deprivation to provide mental health professionals with tools for identification and prevention.
We have created several ASL videos of resources developed by the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. You can view the links here:
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).


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child Resilience Center Fund

Please join us in making a donation to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child Resilience Center Fund. Your gifts will support improved mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth.


Meet the Team

Lori Day

Center Director / Professor

Sheila Maynard

Graduate Apprentice

Tiffany Bridgett

Human Services and Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Tonya Lee

Graduate Assistant

Va'lecia Penney

Graduate Assistant

Dru Balsley

Graduate Research Assistant / DHHCRC

Ai Minakawa

Research Support Specialist

Patrick Boudreault

Translation Track Director

Lorelei Becktel-Lipscomb

Student Assistant

Sharon Baker


Wyatte Hall

Language Deprivation Track Director

Danielle Previ

Intervention Track Director - TF-CBT

Judith Cohen

TF-CBT Co-Developer

Elizabeth Romero

Intervention Track Director - TF-CBT

Elizabeth Warner

SMART Co-Developer

Kasey Pendexter

Intervention Track Director - SMART

Contact Us

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child Resilience Center

HMB e150

(202) 307-1315

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

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