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Deaf Wellness Center Faculty and Staff

Lori A. DeWindt, M.A.

Lori A. DeWindt imageLori A. DeWindt, M.A., graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington D. C. with a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and an undergraduate degree in Social Work. She first joined the staff of Deaf Wellness Center (DWC) in 2007. In 2009, she relocated to Utah and took a position at the Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf. In 2011, she returned to Rochester where she rejoined the staff of the DWC and also joined the staff of the National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR), another program of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Lori has over 15 years of clinical experience, including in outpatient settings and at a treatment center for children. Lori’s counseling specialties include working with individuals, children, couples and families, and group therapy. She also has experience in grants and program management. Her interests center on a number of important Deaf health and mental health issues, especially intimate partner violence, wellness, depression, anxiety, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and children's counseling needs. She conducts research on these and other topics for both the DWC and NCDHR. In 2011, Lori chaired the Justice for All Deaf Victims National Coalition conference on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sharon L. Haynes, L.M.S.W.

Sharon Haynes ImageSharon L. Haynes, LMSW has been a social worker at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Deaf Wellness Center (DWC) since November 2002. She is a graduate of Syracuse University's master's degree program in Social Work. Ms. Haynes provides individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy services and participates in the DWC's teaching and research initiatives. Ms. Haynes has attended numerous Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) training programs, including a two-week intensive program.

She and her colleagues at the DWC launched DBT treatment after modifying DBT materials and methods for Deaf clients. She played a leading role in Opposite Action and Radical Acceptance, DBT skills training films produced by the DWC. She has also participated in modifying as well as acting in films created for Deaf audiences for the Centers for Disease Control. Ms. Haynes also teaches ASL classes held at the DWC.

Ms. Haynes and four other Deaf women established Advocacy Service for Deaf Abused Victims in Rochester, NY in 1998, after attending domestic violence training at Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS) in Seattle, taught by ADWAS founder, Marilyn Smith. Ms. Haynes had several roles within ASADV from 1998 to 2010. Her related research and teaching work at the DWC includes serving as a task force member on a grant-funded project adapting a partner violence training curriculum for deaf audiences and assisting in the conduct of a 3 year research study on intimate partner violence funded by the Centers for Disease Control.

Amanda M. O'Hearn, Ph.D.

Amanda O'Hearn ImageAmanda O'Hearn, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine since September, 2001. She is a graduate of Gallaudet University's Clinical Psychology doctoral program. Prior to being recruited to the DWC to direct clinical services and launch her academic research career, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Miami's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outpatient Program.

Dr. O'Hearn has greatly expanded the clinical services available at the DWC, initiating services to children and launching DBT and other forms of group psychotherapy for a range of deaf adults. She has attended numerous DBT training programs, including the two-week intensive program as well as other advanced practice DBT seminars focusing on services to children and adolescents. In addition to her own clinical practice, Dr. O'Hearn supervises all clinical services and clinical staff and interns at the Deaf Wellness Center. In addition to her role at the DWC, Dr. O'Hearn conducts research in association with the National Center for Deaf Health Research, also at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

For a listing of Dr. O'Hearn's publications, see Deaf Wellness Center publications.

Robert Q. Pollard, Jr., Ph.D.

Robert Q Pollard Jr ImageRobert Q Pollard, Jr., Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and director of the Deaf Wellness Center (DWC). Dr. Pollard and the DWC have received numerous national awards for excellence in clinical service, research, and teaching. Awards have been conferred by American Psychological Association and several of its subdivisions, the American Psychiatric Association, the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, and the Healthcare Trustees of New York State.

Dr. Pollard writes and lectures widely on variety of mental health and health care topics affecting deaf consumers and professionals. He has been principal investigator on over 50 federal, foundation, regional, and local grants, totaling over $5M, and has published over 90 articles and book chapters. Dr. Pollard's scholarship interests include psychopathology, psychological testing, sign language interpreting, and health issues in the deaf population. He is active in several national organizations, especially the APA, where he founded a Special Interest Section on Deafness, has served on several boards and committees, and was honored with an award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest.

For a listing of Dr. Pollard's publications, see Deaf Wellness Center publications.