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News from April 2016

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute adds two new fellows
April 25, 2016

Tom Humphries and Poorna Kushalnagar have joined MCPER's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute as its newest institute fellows.

Humphries is associate professor and associate director of the Teacher Education Program as well as associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. One strand of his current work focuses on how "talking culture" among Deaf people in recent history informs our understanding of cultural processes and how meaning circulates. In addition, he has developed a teacher training curriculum that uses a new construct: the application of indigenous bilingual teaching practices to classrooms of deaf children. He has published two widely used American Sign Language textbooks, Learning American Sign Language (Allyn & Bacon, 2004) and A Basic Course in American Sign Language (TJ Publishers, 1980). He is co-author (with Carol Padden) of Deaf in America: Voices From a Culture (1988) and the newly released Inside Deaf Culture, both from Harvard University Press. He received his Ph.D. in cross cultural communication and language learning from Union Graduate School. 

Kushalnagar is a research associate professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) pediatric research loan repayment award and research supplement to promote diversity in health-related research for her postdoctoral training at the University of Washington. She served as a research fellow for an NIH Institutional National Research Service Award in community-based participatory research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She also participated in a 2011 NIH and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Summer Institute on Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development. Kushalnagar is the principal investigator of two active NIH grant awards (R01 and R15). She has extensive experience in conducting and supervising educational and neuropsychological assessments with deaf and hard of hearing students. Kushalnagar received her B.A. in psychology from Gallaudet University and her M.A. in psychology and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Houston. She will deliver a MCPER-sponsored talk titled "Promoting and Measuring Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes in Deaf Youth and Adults" from noon to 2 p.m. on May 4 in Room 310 of UT Austin's Sanchez Building

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New fellow Poorna Kushalnagar to present on patient-reported outcomes in deaf youth and adults
April 25, 2016

Poorna Kushalnagar, one of two new Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute fellows, will present "Promoting and Measuring Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes in Deaf Youth and Adults" from noon to 2 p.m. on May 4 in Room 310 of the Sanchez Building.

Kushalnagar is a research associate professor in the Chester F. Carlson ​Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The following is from the event description: "Incorporating patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in research with patients who are deaf and use American Sign Language is essential for early symptom detection and prevention. This talk provides insight on the importance of using well-developed and validated PROs to assess the deaf patient's experience that are seldom captured during clinician-based evaluations, summarizes the methodological steps to develop generic and deaf-specific PRO measures, and discusses challenges related to integrating PROs into research and clinical practice with deaf youth and adults."

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Central Texas School District Mathematics Forum targets district issues in mathematics instruction
April 25, 2016

MCPER's Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties held a Central Texas School District Mathematics Forum luncheon on April 22. The purpose of the forum was to identify and problem-solve issues that districts encounter in mathematics instruction. Administrators and curriculum directors and specialists attended the forum. Barbara Dougherty, a research professor at the University of Missouri and Mathematics Institute fellow, was featured as the luncheon speaker. The Math Institute looks forward to more collaborative partnerships with school districts.

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