Health is a fundamental human right.

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

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Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar

Center Director & Associate Professor
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. Postdoctoral training in Public Health Services and Preventive Medicine at the University of Washington and University of Rochester Medical Center.

Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar directs the Center for Deaf Health Equity at Gallaudet University.

She is the principal investigator of National Institute of Health (NIH) and has received awards that total over $3 million dollars. These grants support studies aligned with her primary research interests in deaf patient-reported and health outcomes.

Meet the Team

Deaf Health Equity Center

Lucy Upah, MPA

Administrative Support
Deaf Health Equity Center

Katja Jacobs, BA

Research Assistant
Deaf Health Equity Center

Ai Takayama, MSN, MA

Research Associate
Deaf Health Equity Center

Shilpa Hanumantha, PhD

Faculty Collaborator
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Chris Moreland, MD, MPH

Collaborator
Deaf Health Equity Center

Alina Engelman, Dr. PH

Faculty Collaborator

Deaf Health Equity Center

Donalda Ammons, Ed.D.


Collaborator


Center for Deaf Health Equity Alumni

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Abbi Simons, MS


Deaf Health Equity Center

Alex Leffers, MA


Deaf Health Equity Center

Andrew Biskupiak, MA


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Brianna Keogh, BA


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Cara Miller, PhD


Deaf Health Equity Center

Claire Ryan, MA


Deaf Health Equity Center

Connor McLaren, MA


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Gideon Firl, BS


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Isabelle Troup BA


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Isabelle Diaz, BA


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Julia Velasquez, BA


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Juliana Holcomb, BA


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Kaela Luttrell


Deaf Health Equity Center

Keith Sanfacon, MA


Deaf Health Equity Center

Lori DeWindt, MA


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Raylene Paludneviciene, PhD


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Sajiran Nadarajah, BA


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Tara Holcomb, MA


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TraciAnn Hoglind, MPH