News from the Deaf Wellness Center

Updated 2-4-14

New Demand Control Schema Textbook Published

The long-awaited textbook, "The Demand Control Schema: Interpreting as a Practice Profession" by Robyn Dean and Robert Pollard has now been published and is available via their new website:  Dean and Pollard have been developing the demand control schema (DC-S) and their practice-profession approach to community interpreting since 1995.  This textbook is the culmination of nearly two decades of work, as it evolved over the course of 22 articles and book chapters and nine DC-S research and training grants.  Designed primarily for classroom use in interpreter education programs (IEPs), interpreting supervisors, mentors, and practitioners also will find this book highly rewarding.  IEPs could readily use this text in introductory courses, ethics courses, and in practicum seminars.  Each of its ten chapters guides the reader through increasingly sophisticated descriptions and applications of all the key elements of DC-S, including its theoretical constructs, the purpose and method of dialogic work analysis, the schema’s teleological approach to interpreting ethics, and the importance of engaging in reflective practice, especially supervision of the type that is common in other practice professions.  Each chapter concludes with a class activity, homework exercises, a check for understanding (quiz), discussion questions, and an advanced activity for practicing interpreters.  The first page of each chapter presents a list of the chapter’s key concepts, preparing the reader for an efficient and effective learning experience.  Numerous full-color photos, tables, and figures help make DC-S come alive for the reader and assist in learning and retaining the concepts presented.  Formal endorsements from an international panel of renown interpreter educators and scholars describe this text as “aesthetically pleasing,” praising its “lively, accessible style,” its “logic and organization,” and referring to it as an “invaluable resource” with international appeal to “scholars and teachers.”  Spoken language interpreters also are proponents of DC-S and will find the material in this text applicable to their education and practice, as well.

Partner Violence Research Project

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,awarded the DWC a $1.2M grant to study intimate partner violence (IPV) affecting the Deaf community. This three-year project, now in its third year, is investigating characteristics of IPV perpetrators who are involved in relationships where one or both partners are deaf and communicate via American Sign Language. The project also examines IPV behaviors that are associated with the greater risk of injury. Dr. Robert Pollard, Director of the DWC, is leading the project. The project involves a series of 90 in-depth interviews with: 1) individuals who provide services to deaf IPV perpetrators or victims, 2) deaf IPV victims/survivors, and 3) individuals who have perpetrated violence in a relationship where one or both partners is a deaf ASL-user. We are now entering phase 3 of the study, interviewing persons who have been involved in physically violent or sexually coercive relationships where one or both parties in the relationship was a deaf individual. The study team will compare their findings with information regarding IPV perpetrators gained from studies of hearing perpetrators and victims.

Read more about this study or volunteer as a research subject.

View further information regarding ongoing grant-supported projects at the Deaf Wellness Center.

Recent Publications

Copies of these and other DWC publications are available fromRobert Pollard.

View all our available publications.

  • Cerulli, C., Pollard, R. Q Jr., Thew, D., Mastrocinque, J., Smith, C., DeWindt, L., Haynes, S., Kelstone, K. & Chin, N. (in press). What can we learn? Examining intimate partner violence service provision in the Deaf community. Journal of Community Psychology.

  • Pollard, R. Q, Betts, W. R., Carroll, J. K., Waxmonsky, J. A., Barnett, S., deGruy, F. V., Pickler, L. L. & Kellar-Guenther, Y. (in press). Integrating primary care and behavioral health with four special populations: Children with special needs, people with serious mental illness, refugees, and deaf people. American Psychologist.

  • Pollard, R. Q, Sutter, E. & Cerulli, C. (2013). Intimate partner violence reported by two samples of deaf adults via a computerized American Sign Language Survey. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(5), 948-965.

  • Dean, R. K. & Pollard, R. Q (2013). The demand control schema:Interpreting as a practice profession. North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. For more information or to order, contact

ASL FLU Films Produced for the CDC

Under contract from the CDC, the Deaf Wellness Center completed two films about flu prevention and treatment, one geared toward deaf adults, the other geared toward deaf parents (regarding their children). Both films can be viewed on YouTube (search for "Deaf Wellness Center") as well as on the CDC's website. Both films feature deaf characters conversing in ASL and both films have English voice-over and captions. You can view the YouTube versions here:

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