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Poorna Kushalnagar

Special Assistant to Provost Research

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S242 Hall Memorial Building

585 666 0818 (videophone)

About

Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar received her B.A. in Psychology at Gallaudet University; M.A. in Psychology at the University of Houston; and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Houston. She completed a NIH diversity postdoctoral training in patient reported outcomes research at the Seattle Quality of Life Center at University of Washington and a NIH T32 postdoctoral fellowship in preventive medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. 

Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar directs the Center for Deaf Health Equity. She is the principal investigator of grants funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) that total over $10 million dollars. She is also the Chief Research Officer in the Office of Research at Gallaudet University.

  • DST-799 Independent Study (2019/02)(03)
  • PSY-101 Intro to Psychology (2016/01)(01)
  • PSY-101 Intro to Psychology (2016/02)(01)
  • PSY-341 Research Design and Analysis I (2018/01)(01)
  • PSY-370 Hlth Disparities Deaf/HH Comm (2017/02)(01)
  • PSY-370 Hlth Disparities Deaf/HH Comm (2019/02)(01)
  • IDP-595 Special Topics (2018/02)(G02)
  • PHS-495 Special Topics (2018/02)(UG01)
  • Statistics (2017/02)
  • Introduction to Psychology (2017/02)
  • Foundations of Epidemiology (2018/01)
  • Social Work: Aging Issues (2018/02)
  • Evolution (2020/02)
  • Advising Load 2020/01: Total:7 Undergraduate:7
  • Advising Load 2019/02: Total:9 Undergraduate:9
  • Advising Load 2019/01: Total:9 Undergraduate:9
  • Advising Load 2018/02: Total:9 Undergraduate:9
  • Advising Load 2018/01: Total:5 Undergraduate:5
  • Advising Load 2017/02: Total:8 Undergraduate:8
  • Advising Load 2017/01: Total:5 Undergraduate:5
  • Advising Load 2016/02: Total:3 Undergraduate:3
  • 2020 Keynote speaker
  • 2021 Invited speaker
  • 2019 Keynote speaker
  • 2019 Trailblazer
  • 2019 Influential Women on Campus
  • 2018 Featured Grantee
  • 2020 Invited speaker
  • Hypertension prevalence in Deaf ASL Users
  • Language confidence and patient centered communication in a nationwide sample of deaf adults
  • Access disparity and health inequity for insured deaf patients
  • Food insecurity and retrospective communication neglect in deaf adults
  • Communication barriers in family linked to increased risks for food insecurity among deaf adults who use American Sign Language
  • HINTS-ASL: Inclusion of Deaf Adults in Cancer Health and Internet Research
  • Deaf women’s health: adherence to breast and cervical cancer screening recommendations
  • PROMIS Cognitive Function and Concern Scales: Linguistic Validation in American Sign Language for Older Deaf Adults
  • Part 1 Findings from a Survey of Deaf Americans: COVID-19 Awareness and Risk Perceptions
  • Computers Helping People with Special Needs
  • Attitudes and Behaviors of Deaf Professionals and Interpreters
  • Towards Health Equity: Deaf Adults' Engagement in Social e-Health Activities and e-Communication with Health Care Providers
  • Collaborative gaze cues and replay for deaf and hard of hearing students
  • Health Disparities Among Mid-to-Older Deaf LGBTQ Adults Compared with Mid-to-Older Deaf Non-LGBTQ Adults in the United States.
  • Social media use and HIV screening uptake among deaf adults in the United States: Cross-sectional survey study
  • Chapter 3: Health-related Information Seeking among Deaf Adults: Findings from the 2017 Health Information National Trends Survey in American Sign Language (HINTS-ASL)
  • PROMIS-ASL Psychometrics
  • Deaf LGBTQ Patients' Disclosure of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Healthcare Providers
  • Language Confidence and Patient-Centered Communication in a Nationwide Sample of Deaf Adults
  • Peer support and food security in deaf college students
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Knowledge and Perceived Effectiveness to Prevent HIV Among Deaf Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Men
  • Video Remote Interpreting Technology in Health Care: Cross-Sectional Study of Deaf Patients' Experiences
  • Insights from U.S. deaf patients: interpreters' presence and receptive skills matter in patient-centered communication care
  • Collaborative Gaze Cues for Deaf Students
  • Prevalence of Alcohol Use : A National Survey of Deaf Adults in the United States
  • Genetic testing and eHealth usage among Deaf women
  • Deaf Women's Health: Adherence to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations
  • Health Literacy Model Semi-Structured Interview
  • Deaf and Hearing Students’ Eye Gaze Collaboration
  • Community-based participatory approach: Students as partners in educational accessible technology research
  • Singlescreenfocus for deaf and hard of hearing students
  • Critical health literacy in American deaf college students
  • Health Information National Trends Survey in American Sign Language (HINTS-ASL): Protocol for the Cultural Adaptation and Linguistic Validation of a National Survey
  • Prevalence of Anxiety or Depression Diagnosis in Deaf Adults
  • Prevalence of Self-Reported Hypertension in Deaf Adults Who Use American Sign Language
  • Young Deaf Adults' Knowledge of Human Papillomavirus and Human Papillomavirus Vaccine's Effectiveness in Preventing Cervical, Anal, Penile, and Oral Cancer
  • Bilingualism and attention: A study of balanced and unbalanced bilingual deaf users of American sign language and English
  • Retrospective basic parent-child communication difficulties and risk of depression in deaf adults
  • Prostate-Specimen Antigen (PSA) Screening and Shared Decision Making Among Deaf and Hearing Male Patients
  • Prostate-Specimen Antigen (PSA) Screening and Shared Decision Making Among Deaf and Hearing Male Patients
  • Deaf adolescents' learning of cardiovascular health information: Sources and access challenges
  • Adverse Childhood Communication Experiences Associated With an Increased Risk of Chronic Diseases in Adults Who Are Deaf
  • School placement and perceived quality of life in youth who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Making Cancer Health Text on the Internet Easier to Read for Deaf People Who Use American Sign Language
  • Mode of communication, perceived level of understanding, and perceived quality of life in youth who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Intelligence, parental depression, and behavior adaptability in deaf children being considered for cochlear implantation
  • Cochlear Implants and the Right to Language: Ethical Considerations, the Ideal Situation, and Practical Measures Toward Reaching the Ideal
  • Ensuring language acquisition for deaf children: What linguists can do
  • Deaf patient-provider communication and lung cancer screening: Health Information National Trends survey in American Sign Language (HINTS-ASL)
  • Language Choices for Deaf Infants: Advice for Parents Regarding Sign Languages
  • Bilingualism: A Pearl to Overcome Certain Perils of Cochlear Implants
  • Health Websites: Accessibility and Usability for American Sign Language Users
  • Language Choices for Deaf Infants
  • Discourses of prejudice in the professions: The case of sign languages
  • Caregiver-reported indicators of communication and social functioning for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Usability of American Sign Language videos for presenting mathematics assessment content
  • Avoiding Linguistic Neglect of Deaf Children
  • Language acquisition for deaf children: Reducing the harms of zero tolerance to the use of alternative approaches
  • PROMIS-ASL: Patient Reported Outcomes Measure for Deaf/HH Adults.
  • Whar medical education can do to ensure robust language development in deaf children
  • Engaging the Deaf American Sign Language Community: Lessons From a Community-Based Participatory Research Center
  • Language acquisition for deaf children: Reducing the harms of zero tolerance to the use of alternative approaches
  • Infants and children with hearing loss need early language access.
  • Validation of a quality-of-life measure for deaf or hard of hearing youth.
  • Language Needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Infants and Children: Information for Spiritual Leaders and Communities.
  • Inclusion of LGBTQ and Deaf Community in Health Surveillance: Health and Mental Health Disparities
  • Double Jeopardy: Disclosure of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Among Deaf LGBTQ Patients
  • Double Jeopardy: Disclosure of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Among Deaf LGBTQ Patients
  • Working with transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer clients: using patient-reported data to inform culturally affirmative practices
  • Language Needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Infants and Children: Information for Spiritual Leaders and Communities
  • Sexual orientation and psychological distress among deaf and hard of hearing individuals
  • Deaf adults at higher risk for severe illness: COVID-19 information preference and perceived health consequences.
  • Cross-Sectional Analysis of Medical Conditions in the U.S. Deaf Transgender Community
  • Food Worry in the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Population During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Perception of COVID-19 Physical Distancing Effectiveness and Contagiousness of Asymptomatic Individuals: Cross-sectional Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults in the United States
  • Ensuring full participation of people with disabilities in an era of telehealth
  • Health information-seeking behaviors among high-perceived cancer risk individuals who experienced hearing loss: An exploratory study.
  • Self‐infection with speech aerosol may contribute to COVID‐19 severity
  • Co-Production, Co-Education, and Patient Involvement: Everyone Included for Medical Education across Age Groups and Cultures
  • Challenges of Being Deaf and Aging with HIV: Focus Group Findings from Palm Springs, California
  • Inclusion of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals in Research
  • Deaf Patient Reported Outcomes- (National Institutes of Health)
  • Deaf Sign Language Users' Experiences in Seeking Health Information- (National Institutes of Health)
  • Addressing health disparities among understudied women in the deaf and hard of hearing population- (National Institutes of Health)
  • Inclusion of Deaf Older Adults in Patient Reported Outcomes Research- (National Institutes of Health)
  • Inclusion of Deaf/HH Sexual & Gender Minorities in Patient Reported Outcomes Research- (National Institutes of Health)
  • Quality of Life and Needs of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Caregivers- (National Institutes of Health)
  • COVID-19 and Healthcare Access among Deaf and HH Adults- (National Institutes of Health)
  • Rhode Island Deaf Health Study- (Rhode Island Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
  • COVID-19 and Mask Study- (National Institutes of Health/NIDDK)
  • Using technology-enhanced approaches to advance cancer health equity among diverse deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing populations- (National Institutes of Health)
  • ASL-CONSENT Toolkit for Clinical Trials- (National Institutes of Health)
  • Sheila Maynard-Clinical Psychology (Predissertation) 2016/02-2018/02
  • Tara Holcomb-Clinical Psychology (Predissertation) 2016/02-2018/02
  • Ai Takayama-Deaf Studies (Masters) 2020/01-2020/02
  • Whitney Binzel-Public Health, Northwestern University (Masters) 2016/02-2017/01
  • Maria Stepanchak, -Public Health, University of Washington (Masters) 2016/01-2016/02
  • Wanda Riddle-Education (Dissertation) 2020/01
  • Amanda-Hinson-Eslin-Health Studies, Texas Woman's University (Dissertation) 2016/02-2018/02
  • Bradley White-Educational Neuroscience (Dissertation) 2017/02-2018/02
  • Gabrielle Humlicek-Biology and Public Health (Honors Capstone) 2018/01-2018/02
  • Brianna Keogh-Psychology (Honors Capstone) 2017/01-2017/02
  • Claire Ryan-School Psychology, University of Texas at Austin (Dissertation) 2020/01
  • Tenure and Promotion Committee: Member 2020/02
  • Search committee for Demography position 2020/02-2020/02
  • Search committee for Director of Admissions position 2020/02-2020/02
  • Search committee for Director of Business Development position, 2020/02
  • Search committee for faculty position in the Program of Educational Neuroscience 2020/01-2020/02
  • Search committee member for VL2 Executive Director position 2018/02-2020/01
  • GUAA-Gallaudet Fellowship Fund Committee 2018/01
  • Search committee for Grants and Contracts Specialist position 2019/01-2019/03
  • Search committee for faculty position in Theater Arts 2017/02-2017/02
  • Search committee member for two faculty positions in Public Health 2016/02-2017/02
  • Search committee for a faculty position in Education 2017/02-2018/01
  • Search committee for a faculty position in Undergraduate Psychology 2019/01-2019/02
  • Search committee for a faculty position in Clinical Psychology 2018/01-2018/02
  • Represented the department at a parent-faculty luncheon, open house, and student-faculty luncheon 2018/02-2019/01
  • Search committee for Executive Director of Admissions position 2020/02-2020/02
  • NAD-DSA Task Force on Aging: National Association of the Deaf 2018/01
  • National Deaf Education Committee: National Association of the Deaf 2018/01-2019/02
  • Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology: American Psychological Association 2018/01-2020/01
  • Discovering Deaf World 2015/01-2018/01
  • Faculty Development: Diversity Breakout Session: Gallaudet University 2020/01-2020/01
  • I am Psyched: Psychology Department 2019/01-2019/01
  • Survey Design Expert: Proctor and Gamble 2019/02-2019/02
  • Teaching and Learning Development 2017/02
  • Professional Development Week 2016/01
  • Butler-Williams Scholars Program by the National Institute on Aging 2017/03-2017/03
  • JHU Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences. 2018/03-2018/03
  • Quality Matters - Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2019/03-2019/03
  • PST 500 Digital Learning and Teaching Series 2019/03-2019/03
  • Culturally-Responsive, Trauma-Informed Teaching 2019/03-2019/03
  • American Psychological Association: August 2016-Ongoing
  • American Public Health Association: August 2016-Ongoing
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2020/02
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    Poorna Kushalnagar

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    585 666 0818

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