Brenda Nicodemus, PhD, has conducted research on prosody in interpretation and the cognitive processes of signed language interpreters. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Nicodemus has taught interpreting at various postsecondary institutions and has presented both nationally and internationally, most recently at the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters. Her publications include Prosodic Markers and Utterance Boundaries in American Sign Language Interpreting (Gallaudet University Press, 2009). In addition, she and co-editor Laurie Swabey have published Advances in Interpreting Research: Inquiry in Action with John Benjamins (2011).
Dr. Nicodemus' research focuses on two strands: the psycholinguistic processes of bimodal bilinguals, i.e., individuals who know languages with two distinct modalities (spoken and signed languages) and interpreting in the healthcare setting. Her additional areas of study include translation asymmetry in bimodal bilinguals, direct vs. mediated discourse in healthcare settings, and comparative analysis of spoken and signed language interpretation.