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Wyatte C. Hall, Ph.D.

Wyatte C. Hall, Ph.D.Wyatte Hall is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He has been working in the lab of Dr. Tim Dye, a medical epidemiologist and anthropologist, for two years. Funded under the Rochester Postdoc Partnership, Wyatte is especially interested in deaf population health and language acquisition as a social determinant of health. He is also part of an emerging generation of young deaf-focused academics working to prevent and reduce the social epidemic of language deprivation in deaf people. 


Gallaudet University
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Clinical Psychology
2008 - 2014

Masters of Arts (MA)
Clinical Psychology
2008 - 2011

Rochester Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science (BS)
2004 - 2008


I am interested in the relationship between early childhood language experiences and subsequent life outcomes of deaf people with a particular focus on language deprivation. To date, this relationship has not been well established in deaf people but potentially impacts overall population health. Because language has a foundational role in human development, it is likely that inconsistent access to language in early childhood has downstream developmental consequences – particularly evident in the mental health field and seen through my clinical psychology work. 

Selected Publications

  • Hall, W.C., Li, D., & Dye, T.D.V. (in press). When inclusion excludes: Epidemiological reframing of behavior diagnoses and home experiences of deaf children. American Journal of Public Health.
  • Hall, W.C., Levin, L.L., & Anderson, M.L. (2017). Language deprivation syndrome: A possible neurodevelopmental disorder with sociocultural origins. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 52(6), 761 – 776.
  • Hall, W.C. (2017). What you don’t know can hurt you: The risk of language deprivation by impairing sign language development in deaf children. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 21(5), 961 – 965.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Caselli, N. & Hall, W.C. (2018, July). Are interpreters complicit in language deprivation of deaf children? Keynote address at the National Association of the Deaf conference, Hartford, CT.
  • Hall, W.C., Mora, J., & Dye, T.V. (2018, March). Lived experiences of language deprivation in the Deaf community. Presentation at the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Hall, W.C., Li, D., & Dye, T.V. (2017, November). Behavioral diagnoses in deaf children: Accurate ascertainment or obfuscation from language deprivation? Presentation at the American Public Health Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Hall, W.C., Li, D., & Dye, T.V. (2017, November). When inclusion excludes: Using NHIS insights for a preliminary rethinking of deaf children’s experiences in the home. Poster session at the American Public Health Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Books & Chapters

  • Glickman, N. & Hall, W.C. (Eds.) (in press). Language deprivation and deaf mental health care. New York: Routledge Press.
  • Hall, W.C. (in press). On resolving cultural conflicts and the meaning of Deaf-centered interpreting. In T.K. Holcomb & D.H. Smith (Eds.). Deaf Eyes on Interpreting. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.
  • Pirone, J., Henner, J. & Hall, W.C. (in press). American Sign Language interpreting in a mainstreamed college setting: Performance quality and its impact on classroom equity. In T.K. Holcomb & D.H. Smith (Eds.). Deaf Eyes on Interpreting. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.

Course Taught/Developed

University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Course Developer and Instructor, January 2018 – May 2018

  • IND-594: Deaf Communities, Deaf Health

National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY

Course Co-Instructor, August 2015 – December 2016

  • PSYC-101: Introduction to Psychology (Spring 2015)
  • PSYC-250: Research Method I (Fall 2016)
  • PSYC-223: Cognitive Psychology (Fall 2016)