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Research Committee



The RPRC:NCDHR Research Committee is charged with developing research methodologies, carry out research projects and disseminating research findings. This body is also charged with helping to find funding to continue our research goals and fulfilling our commitments to funding agencies as they pertain to research activities.

The Research Committee will also be responsible for maintaining an Academic Publications Plan.


Individuals who are on the Research Committee include:

  • Committee Chair
  • RPRC:NCDHR Health Project Coordinators
  • RPRC:NCDHR faculty and staff that are supported under the NCDHR's core grant or other grants (directly or through subcontracts) to contribute to NCDHR research efforts.
  • Selected individuals, invited by the Research Committee chair, with expertise and interest in Deaf and hard-of-hearing health issues.

Current Members

Steve Barnett

Steven Barnett, MD

Research Committee Chair

Principal Investigator / Program Director

Rochester Prevention Research Center
National Center for Deaf Health Research

Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Public Health
University of Rochester Medical Center



*photo by Mark Benjamin

Tamala David

Lori DeWindt Kelly Matthews

Tamala David, PhD, MPA, MS, FNP​


Lori DeWindt, MA

Senior Health Project Coordinator

Kelly Matthews, BSW

Senior Health Project Coordinator

Amanda O'Hearn   Jenna

Amanda O'Hearn, PhD



Jenna Stewardson, BS

Health Project Coordinator


Vince Samar Riki Scott Smith

Vincent Samar, PhD

Researcher at NTID

Riki de la Wink, BFA

Communications Coordinator

Erika Sutter, MPH

Senior Health Project Coordinator

Hongmei Yang Song-Hoa janna

Hongmei Yang, PhD

Statistician at Biostatics and Computational Biology

Song-Hoa Choi, MS

Data Analyst

Janna Sirianni, BS

Health Project Coordinator