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About

Dr. Ramkissoon earned her MA in Audiology (1994) and Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science (2005) at the University of Illinois. Her academic teaching and scholarly experiences are extensive; she currently teaches in the graduate AuD and PhD programs at Gallaudet University. Dr. Ramkissoon holds a joint faculty appointment as Honorary Associate Professor at the University of
KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. At Gallaudet, she directs the Multicultural Research Lab focused on multicultural concerns, environmental issues, aging, auditory assessment, and audiology curricular review. Dr. Ramkissoon collaborates on projects addressing cultural responsiveness in the profession and ethics of international engagement. Her clinical experiences in audiology and speech therapy were attained in community health, hospital, and university clinic setting.

Dr. Ramkissoon's Positionality Statement:

“The life I lead, including the work I do is inevitably influenced by my identity. This identity was shaped by my upbringing in apartheid (segregation) South Africa where it was law to divide people physically by race. I was labeled “non-White” and further designated “Indian” which limited the public services available to me including recreation and education, particularly limited higher education opportunities. However, I grew up hearing about how my parents did not have the opportunity to attend high school and never had the chance for professional careers. This spurred me to study very hard in high school, refuse marriage
proposals at age 16-18 years, and choose instead to compete for coveted spots in the health science departments at the only university that accepted non-Whites. I am deeply committed to supporting students in higher education, particularly women and minorities because of this background. My personality is reflected in my identity of being a woman of color. This means I am driven, resourceful, committed, and strong. My communication is very direct, and my speaking tone reflects a history of colonial English which is sometimes misperceived. My husband and two daughters make my life valuable. In particular, I strive to set a positive example for my daughters as I do for my students. I am fortunate that my identity is multi-ethnic reflecting African, Indian, and American values; I use this awareness to develop understanding of others in my personal and work spaces.”

Currently Teaching

HSL-770 Research Lab Experience Credits: 1-3
HSL-807 Research Methodology in Audiology Credits: 2
HSL-809 Introduction to Research in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences Credits: 1
HSL-833 Pediatric Audiology Credits: 3
HSL-859 Private Practice Development/Clinic Management II Credits: 2
HSL-860 Seminar in Medical Audiology Credits: 2
HSL-869 Current Topics in Audiology Credits: 1-2
HSL-870 Hearing, Speech, and Language Science Research Lab Credits: 1
HSL-900 Dissertation Credits: 1-10
  • HSL-832 Diagnostic Audiology (2020/01)(OL1)
  • HSL-860 Smnr in Medical Audiology (2020/01)(OL1)
  • HSL-833 Pediatric & Educational Aud (2020/02)(01)
  • HSL-869 Current Topics in Audiology (2020/02)(01)
  • HSL-870 Research Project in Audiology (2020/02)(05)
  • HSL-896 Practicum in Univ Instruction (2020/02)(01)
  • HSL-870 Research Project in Audiology (2020/03)(05)
  • HSL-895 Special Topics (2020/03)(05)
  • HSL-832 Diagnostic Audiology (2021/01)(01)
  • HSL-860 Smnr in Medical Audiology (2021/01)(01)
  • HSL-870 HSLS Research Lab (2021/01)(04)
  • HSL-859 Priv Pract Dev/Clinic Mgmt II (2022/01)(OL1)
  • HSL-860 Smnr in Medical Audiology (2022/01)(1)
  • HSL-870 HSLS Research Lab (2022/01)(4)
  • HSL-870 HSLS Research Lab (2021/02)(5)
  • HSL-870 HSLS Research Lab (2021/03)(5)
  • HSL-833 Pediatric Audiology (2021/02)(01)
  • HSL-869 Current Topics in Audiology (2021/02)(OL1)
  • HSL-870 HSLS Research Lab (2021/02)(05)
  • HSL-807 Rsrch Methodology in Audiology (2021/03)(1)
  • HSL-833 Pediatric Audiology (2022/02)(01)
  • HSL-870 HSLS Research Lab (2022/02)(02)
  • HSL-869 Current Topics in Audiology (2022/02)(OL1)
  • HSL-809 Intro to Research in HSLS (2023/01)(01)
  • HSL-860 Smnr in Medical Audiology (2023/01)(01)
  • HSL-870 HSLS Research Lab (2023/01)(02)
  • HSL-859 Priv Pract Dev/Clinic Mgmt II (2023/01)(OL1)
  • HSL-807 Rsrch Methodology in Audiology (2022/02)(01)
  • HSL-807 Rsrch Methodology in Audiology (2022/03)(01)
  • HSL-870 HSLS Research Lab (2022/03)(02)
  • Advising Load 2020/03: Total:12 Doctoral:12
  • Advising Load 2021/01: Total:12 Doctoral:12
  • Advising Load 2021/02: Total:12 Doctoral:12
  • Advising Load 2021/03: Total:12 Doctoral:12
  • Advising Load 2022/01: Total:12 Doctoral:12
  • Advising Load 2022/02: Total:12 Doctoral:12
  • 2020 Certificate of Recognition: Meritorious Poster Submission
  • 2020 Professional Service Recognition Award
  • Civic Responsibility and Global Health Care: Audiology Service Learning Program in Africa
  • Exploring Cultural Responsiveness: Guided Scenarios for Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Professionals
  • Exploring Cultural Responsiveness: Guided Scenarios for Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) Professionals
  • Manuscript Review

    "Effect of Sample Length on MLU in Mandarin-Speaking Hard-of-Hearing Children"
    for the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

  • Exploring Cultural Responsiveness: Guided Scenarios for Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) Professionals
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Strategies and Implementation within the Gallaudet CSD Programs
  • Different Attention Domains and Speech in Noise Performance 
  • American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention Travel- (Faculty Development Grant - Gallaudet University)
  • Recruitment and Retainment of Underrepresented Students in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD): A Model for CSD Programs- (Spenser Foundation)
  • Preparing for Success in Communication Sciences Graduate programs- (American Speech Language Hearing Association - Multicultural Grants)
  • Graduate Student Research Travel Award- (Gallaudet University Graduate School)
  • IALP Conference Travel Award for ASHA Board Member Presentation - (American Speech Language Hearing Association - International Issues Board)
  • Margaret Gehm-Audiology Au.D. (Doctoral project) 2020/02
  • Lucas Lancaster-Rodriguez-Ph.D. (Doctoral Dissertation) 2020/02
  • Gouwa Dawood-Ph.D. (Stellenbosch University) (Doctoral Dissertation) 2019/02-2020/01
  • Bonnie Ratliff-Audiology (Doctoral project) 2021/02
  • Chloe Hyde-Audiology (Doctoral project) 2021/02
  • Miranda Bacon-Audiology (doctoral project) 2022/02
  • Jared Pinkham-Audiology (Doctoral project) 2022/02
  • AuD Admissions Committee 2020/02
  • AuD Visitation Day Open House 2020/01
  • Program Assessment Coordinator 2022/01
  • Faculty of Color Coalition (FoCC) - Leadership Council 2023/01
  • Alumni and Student Exit Survey Committee 2023/01
  • Faculty Search Committee-AuD 2022/02-2023/01
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Develop Guidance for Members and Students Engaging Globally in Clinical, Scholarly, and Other Professional Activities: American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2019/01-2020/03
  • Editor: Perspectives of ASHA Special Interest Groups 2019/02-2022/01
  • International Issues Board: American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2020/02-2023/01
  • Convention Topic Committee: Equity, Inclusion and Influence of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: ASHA Convention 2021 2020/02-2021/01
  • SIG 8 Audiology Public Health Coordinating Committee: ASHA 2019/02-2022/01
  • Board of Directors: Mercy Life of Alabama; Mercy Medical 2016/01-2020/01
  • Professional Development Week: Washington, District of Columbia 2020/01-2020/01
  • Professional Development Week: Washington, District of Columbia 2020/02-2020/02
  • Quality Matters Teaching Workshop: Washington, District of Columbia 2020/01-2020/01
  • Teaching Training: Washington, District of Columbia 2020/01-2020/01
  • American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA): May 1995-Ongoing
  • American Academy of Audiology: March 2012-January 2021
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