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Center for Deaf Health Equity
We conduct rigorous research that lays the foundation for better health-related quality of life among deaf and hard of hearing people who use American Sign Language. We are a deaf-centric research center that utilizes quantitative and qualitative methodologies to gather accessibility and patient-reported outcomes from over 2,000 deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States.
We proudly offer innovative educational programs that draw upon our multidisciplinary research, for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, right here at Gallaudet University.
We research and evaluate health research projects
We share results through presentations and publications
We engage in community partnership, training and education
Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, our Center Director and a Professor in the Department of Psychology, leads our research efforts. Her team is involved in a wide range of biobehavioral and patient-centered research projects.
In addition, Gallaudet University faculty & staff, students and community members – from a variety of academic backgrounds – contribute to the Center. Together, we are working to improve the health of deaf and hard of hearing people not only in the United States but also around the world.
Center Director & Associate Professor
We conduct our research and share our data because we believe deaf and hard of hearing people deserve equity in health care.
We work to ensure access to health care for over 450 million deaf people across the globe.
Center for Deaf Health Equity conducts patient-centered research to link accessibility to health outcomes among deaf and hard of hearing individuals. We research and share findings because we believe deaf people deserve equitable access to health care.
Our research lab is one of 18 labs here at Gallaudet University within Academic Affairs and the Provost’s Office oversees our efforts
Since 2015, we have been awarded many grants, totaling over
We are currently applying for additional grants.
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Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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