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

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.
Center of Deaf Health Equity
The Deaf Health Equity is Gallaudet’s premier deaf health research facility that works to merge accessibility and health outcomes. Dedicated to improving accessibility for quality health services, the center focuses on conducting research, sharing results, and engaging with the community. Past research projects have focused...
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,...
Schuchman Documentary Center
The Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center educates students in the documentary arts and shines a light on significant historical issues and endangered cultural knowledge specific to deaf peoples. The center’s work is rooted in four key areas: Discovery of deaf-specific...
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...
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...


Institutional Review Board
The Institutional Review Board is primarily responsible for evaluating, approving, and conducting reviews of any Gallaudet University research that involves human subjects. It is focused on protecting the rights and welfare of participants. Regulated by the Federal Government, the Institutional Review Board is an important...


Accessible Technology Summer Research
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 community...
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...
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...
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...


Meet the Team

Poorna Kushalnagar

Dean, Research

Audrey Foster

Director, Sponsored Programs

Lori Day


Bradley White

Senior Research Manager

Crystal Padilla

Research Services Coordinator

John Huang

Grant Budget Analyst

Aparna Lele

Co-Director, Center for Deaf Health Equity

Glenn Lockhart

Research Operations and Compliance Director

Melissa Malzkuhn

Director, Motion Light Lab

Neerja Vasishta

Research Development Manager

Susan Larrison

Pre-Award Grant Administrator

Julie Hochgesang


Kaela Luttrell

IRB Education and Compliance Specialist

Contact Us

Office of Research

Poorna Kushalnagar, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer

Hall Memorial Building S242

(202) 651-5085

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