Areas of Study


The Office of Research enhances the intellectual climate on campus by encouraging, facilitating, and distributing scholarly research. We promote interdisciplinary research to foster diversity, equity in participation, and the inclusion of various academic perspectives. Through training and research opportunities, students graduate from Gallaudet as scholars ready to join the workforce, advance research discoveries, and positively impact their local communities and the world.

Students who are interested in learning more about research opportunities at Gallaudet can visit the Research and Innovations page

We sponsor the Institutional Review Board and promote safe and ethical research practices. Faculty and student researchers are welcome to visit the Institutional Review Board page for IRB-related information and procedures.

Research Centers

Accessible Information and Communications Technologies
Background Gallaudet University is the only university in the world where students live and learn using American Sign Language (ASL) and English. It offers a 10-week summer research program for undergraduate students focusing on accessible information and communications technologies. Participants will be immersed in a collaborative...
Artificial Intelligence, Accessibility and Sign Language Center
The Artificial Intelligence, Accessibility and Sign Language Center (AIASL) builds on the theoretical foundations and guidelines for applying Artificial Intelligence services for Accessible Technology and Sign Language applications.
Technology Access Program
The Technology Access Program (TAP) conducts research into communication technologies and services for the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing community. The program provides education to Gallaudet students through coursework and mentored research projects related to TAP’s research goals. In the past, TAP...
Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center
At the Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center, our mission is to educate people about significant historical issues and endangered cultural knowledge specific to deaf people, using the documentary arts. We do this by discovering deaf-specific topics through fieldwork and historic...
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child Resilience Center
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,...
Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2)
The National Science Foundation of Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) advances knowledge on how human higher cognition is realized through vision. Our groundbreaking research and translation labs seek to determine the effects of visual processes, visual language, and social...
Center of 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...


Institutional Review Board
The IRB is focused on protecting the rights and welfare of research participants and evaluates, approves, and conducts reviews of any Gallaudet University research that involves human subjects. Regulated by the Federal Government, the IRB is an important first stop for Gallaudet faculty, staff, and...


Research Development
Whether you are an undergraduate eager to delve into a new research topic or a seasoned investigator craving a new environment, Gallaudet offers opportunities for engagement across all research career levels. Undergraduates can get their feet wet in a project during a summer program or...
Pre-Award Services
Sponsored Programs supports Gallaudet faculty and staff seeking internal and external funding for projects that benefit the Gallaudet community. We distribute information about funding opportunities and offer guidance throughout the research journey – from the proposal stage to finalizing grants and contracts. We work to...
Post-Award Services
The Post-Award Team is responsible for sound financial post-award administration of all externally sponsored programs for Gallaudet University. This team consists of a Post-Award consultant and members from Gallaudet’s Finance Office. The Post-Award team works closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) to ensure a smooth...


Meet the Team

Poorna Kushalnagar

Dean, Research

Lori Day


Bradley White

Senior Research Manager

John Huang

Grant Budget Analyst

Aparna Lele

Manager, Center for Deaf Health Equity

Glenn Lockhart

Research Operations and Compliance Director

Neerja Vasishta

Research Development Manager

Susan Larrison

Pre-Award Grant Administrator

Kaela Luttrell

IRB Education and Compliance Specialist


Bilingualism and attention: a study of balanced and unbalanced bilingual deaf users of American Sign Language and English
  • Author(s): Kushalnagar, P, Hannay, HJ, Hernandez, AE
  • Published: 2010-04-18
  • Journal: Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
  • DOI: 10.1093/deafed/enq011
Caregiver-Reported Indicators of Communication and Social Functioning for Young Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Author(s): Patrick, DL, Edwards, TC, & Kushalnagar, P., Topolski, T., Schick, B., & Sie, K
  • Journal: Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
  • DOI: 10.1093/deafed/eny006

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Office of Research

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