Research & Scholarly Achievement
at Gallaudet University

Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center

The lab's mission is to do research that links accessibility to health outcomes among deaf/hh individuals. The lab's goals are to:

  1. Design and evaluate health research projects
  2. Share results through presentations and publications
  3. Engage in community partnership, training, and education

Our researchers at Deaf Health and Quality of Life are involved in a wide range of biobehavioral and applied research projects. In addition, our faculty, students, and community members - all from a variety of academic backgrounds - contribute to the lab.

Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, Center Director

PROMIS-ASL: Inclusion of Deaf Adults in Patient-Reported Outcomes Research

ID: 3074
Status: Ongoing
Start date: September 2015
End Date: August 2020


Current patient-reported outcome measures are heavily dependent on English, which present serious language barriers to deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) patients who use American Sign Language (ASL). The availability of patient-reported outcome measures in ASL and English that is valid for users of accessible technology and services will provide important insights on improving prevention and treatment models that will lead to better personal and public health within the underserved D/HH population. The research plan builds on Dr. Kushalnagar's prior research on communication and quality of life outcomes with the D/HH population. Communication-related fatigue is relevant to health care outcomes.

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Kushalnagar, P., Bruce, S., & Holcomb, T. (2017). Topics in Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Research Lab. Paper presented at the Deaf & Hard of Hearing SRCD Preconference Workshop, Austin, TX.

Kushalnagar, P., Kallen, M., & Cella, D. (2017). PROMIS-ASL Psychometrics. HealthMeasures User Conference, Chicago, IL.

Holcomb, T. & Kushalnagar, P. (2017). Prevalence of depression and anxiety disorders in a nationwide sample of deaf adults who use ASL. Poster presented at the SRCD preconference meeting, Austin, TX.

Kushalnagar, P., Bruce, S., Sutton, T., & Leigh, I. (2017). Retrospective Parent-Child Communication Difficulties and Risk for Depression in Deaf Adults. Journal of Physical and Developmental Disabilities. DOI 10.1007/s10882-016-9501-5

Kushalnagar, P., Atcherson, S., Paludneviciene, R., Schlehofer, D., Bruce, S., Gardner, E., McCaw-Maxwell, D., & Cella, D. (2016). PROMIS-ASL: Patient Reported Outcomes Measure for Deaf\/HH Adults. Poster presented at the 23rd International Society for Quality of Life Research, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kushalnagar, P. & Perrodin-Njoku, E. (2017). Black Deaf American's health: How are we doing? Paper presented at the Black Deaf American conference, Baltimore, MD.

Kushalnagar, P. & Bruce, S. (2017). Deaf women's health: How are we doing? Paper presented at the Deaf Women United conference, Miami, FL.

Kushalnagar, P. & Bruce, S. (2016, April). Population Health Research with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults. Paper presented at the PacRim Disability and Diveristy Conference, Hawaii Convention Center, ​Hawaii.

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