Scholarship and Research at the DWC

The Deaf Wellness Center conducts research in a variety of areas, including mental health, sign language interpreting, and public health issues affecting the deaf community (such as intimate partner violence). Our research mission is presented below. Click on the links below or to the left to view information regarding some of our larger research projects. These include: Our new study on Informed Consent, a recently concluded study Factors Influencing Partner Violence Perpetration Affecting Deaf Individuals, Toward Equity, an older project sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Optimization and Dissemination of Proven Reforms in Interpreter Education an older study sponsored by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), the National Center for Deaf Health Research funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Strong Connections, our videoconference-based sign language interpreter service for remote healthcare settings, funded by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Public Service Announcement Outreach to the Deaf Community: Early Recognition of Mental Illness funded by the American Psychiatric Association, and Addressing partner violence in the Deaf community: Adapting an evidence-based curriculum for use by Deaf service providers sponsored by the University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry. Finally, a link is provided to a list of many of the publications we have produced, based on our research and scholarship. If you'd like copies of any of the articles listed, just let us know and we'd be happy to mail them to you. Note, the "Toward Equity" pages include multiple sub-sections dealing with specific projects on interpreter training, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and psychological testing. Some pages are password-secured because they are designed for our partners and research subjects to send us data. Check back to this area of our website frequently, as our research activities are always growing and bearing fruit!

Research Mission

The Deaf Wellness Center seeks to play a leading role in advancing scholarship in the identification, manifestations, and treatment of psychological and medical disorders that affect deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Our program is committed to research that is innovative, useful, and timely. We promote research that has local, national, or international relevance. In all of our efforts, we are dedicated to furthering the scholarly endeavors and research careers of persons who are themselves deaf or hard-of-hearing.

DWC News

Be sure to visit the news area of our website. There, you'll find the latest announcements regarding our clinical, research, and training activities, including new grants, upcoming lectures, and more. The news section is updated at least monthy so bookmark that page and visit often!

Contact Information

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  • 585-286-5041


  • 585-275-6785 (voice or TTY)
  • 585-273-1117 (fax)


300 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642