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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.

The Translation Work Group (TWG) functions under the Research Committee and is made up of bilingual (ASL and English) individuals who have extensive experience in English-ASL translation and a high degree of Deaf cultural competency. Click here to read more about the TWG.


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

Associate Professor
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​

Preventive Cardiology Fellow

Lori DeWindt, MA

Health Project Coordinator

Kelly Matthews, BSW

Health Project Coordinator

Amanda O'Hearn Bob Pollard Jenna

Amanda O'Hearn, PhD


Robert Pollard, PhD


Jenna Stewardson, BS

Health Project Coordinator


Vince Samar Riki Scott Smith

Vincent Samar, PhD

Researcher at NTID

Riki de la Puente, BFA

Communications Coordinator

Erika Sutter, MPH

Senior Health Project Coordinator

Meghan Fox Hongmei Yang janna

Meghan Fox, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Psychiatry and RPRC

Hongmei Yang, PhD

Statistician at Biostatics and Computational Biology

Janna Luksha, BS

Health Project Coordinator


Song-Hoa Choi, MS

Data Analyst