Deaf people deserve equity in health care.

We're a Deaf Health Research Center.

We conduct rigorous research that lays the foundation for better health-related quality of life among deaf and hard of hearing people who use American Sign Language. We are a deaf-centric research center that utilizes quantitative and qualitative methodologies to gather accessibility and patient-reported outcomes from over 2,000 deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States.

We proudly offer innovative educational programs that draw upon our multidisciplinary research, for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, right here at Gallaudet University.


We research and evaluate health research projects


We share results through presentations and publications.


We engage in community partnership, training and education.


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"A gray background with a yellow, blue, and black Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center logo on the top right. A South Asian male with black hair is wearing a white lab coat.

""When you have a health problem or are curious about a health topic, where do you go first for information? Internet? Vlogs? Books? Newspapers?

Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center gathered data on health information seeking trends from a sample of 1,150 Deaf ASL users. In this sample, around 80% used the Internet to look for health information within the past year.

Our website, Facebook, and Twitter has health information and videos available all in ASL and English too!"

Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, our Center Director and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, leads our research efforts. Her team is involved in a wide range of biobehavioral and patient-centered research projects.

In addition, Gallaudet University faculty & staff, students and community members – from a variety of academic backgrounds – contribute to the Center. Together, we are working to improve the health of deaf and hard of hearing people not only in the United States but also around the world.

We conduct our research and share our data because we believe deaf and hard of hearing people deserve

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