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Steering Committee

Photo of Gerard BuckleyGerard Buckley, Ed.D.
Vice President and Dean, Rochester Institute of Technology
President, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Dr. Gerard Buckley has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including more than 20 years serving in a variety of capacities at NTID. From 1990 to 1993, Buckley served as Chairperson and Assistant Professor of the Department of Educational Outreach at NTID, followed by five years as director of NTID's Center for Outreach and Assistant Professor on the RIT/NTID Social Work Support Team. From 1998 to 2003, he served as NTID Associate Dean for student services, and held the position of NTID assistant Vice President for college advancement with responsibility for the admissions, placement, marketing, and outreach operations of the college from 2004 until beginning his role as President of NTID and Vice President of RIT on January 1, 2011.

Dr. Buckley has maintained an active teaching portfolio over the past 20 years. He was awarded tenure in 1998. He has twice been awarded the NTID Faculty/Staff Humanitarian Award by the NTID Student Congress, and was named Distinguished Alumnus for NTID in 1985 and for RIT's College of Liberal Arts in 1996.

He has served as President of the Board of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association and as President of the Lexington School for the Deaf Board of Trustees in New York City. He also has served on the National Advisory Board of NIH's Institute on Deafness at the recommendation of Senator Robert Dole (retired).

Buckley holds a Social Work from RIT/NTID, an M.S.W. from The University of Missouri, and an Ed.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas.

He is a native of St. Louis, Mo. He and his wife, Judy, have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Photo of Scott Smith, MD, MPHScott R. Smith, MD, MPH
Research Associate Professor
Program Director, Rochester Institute of Technology Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RIT-RISE) Scientists-In-Training Program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Undergraduates
Co-Director, Deaf Health Laboratory
Doctoral Readiness Director, Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate

Dr. Scott R. Smith, a deaf developmental-behavioral pediatrician by training, is now a Research Associate Professor in the Office of the Associate Dean for Research at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.  He is the Program Director of the new Rochester Institute of Technology Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RIT-RISE) Program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Undergraduates.  Scott is also the Chair of the NTID Healthcare Careers Implementation Commission to increase the number of deaf/hard-of-hearing health care professionals and research scientists.  He also serves as the Doctoral Readiness Director for the Rochester Bridges to Doctorate Program and he is also involved in the Rochester Postdoctoral Partnership Program as a faculty mentor.  Dr. Smith’s research focuses on improving deaf people’s health by improving their health knowledge and health literacy, and his vision is to establish a National Hub of Excellence and Innovation for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Healthcare Professionals and Research Scientists in Rochester, New York.

Photo of Steve Dewhurst, PhDStephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Research
Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Dewhurst is Vice Dean for Research at the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD), and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research at the University of Rochester (UR).  He joined the faculty of UR in 1990 and serves as the Director of the UR’s NIH-funded Center for AIDS Research, as well as the director (or Co-Director) of several graduate training programs.  He co-directs (with Dick Doolittle at RIT) the Rochester Partnership for Research and Academic Career Training Program of Deaf Postdoctoral Scholars, which offers unique, transformative mentored postdoctoral research training in biomedical and behavioral sciences for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) Scholars.

Photo of Steven BarnettSteven Barnett, MD
Associate Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences
Director, Rochester Prevention Research Center: National Center for Deaf Health Research (RPRC/NCDHR)
Co-director at UR, Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate Program
University of Rochester

Dr. Steve Barnett is a sign language skilled family physician researcher with a career focus on healthcare and collaborative health research with deaf sign language users and people with hearing loss, their families and communities. He is director of the Rochester Prevention Research Center: National Center for Deaf Health Research (RPRC/NCDHR).  RPRC/NCDHR research and training programs have been funded by NIH, CDC, AHRQ, and New York State. Dr. Barnett co-directs (with Peter Hauser at RIT) the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program.