Dissertation defense by Daniel Nead

Date and Time:
29 August 2013
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
College Hall - Lyceum

To:      Students, Faculty and Staff
From:    Carol J. Erting, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School

It is my pleasure to announce that Mr. Daniel L. Nead, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology, will defend his dissertation on "The Use of the Trauma Symptom Inventory and Brief Symptom Inventory with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Israelis" on Thursday, August 29, at 3 p.m. in the Lyceum, College Hall. The first forty minutes of the dissertation defense are open to the Gallaudet community.

Mr. Nead's study looked at the use of two measures, the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) and the Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI), for their appropriateness and validity within the Israeli Deaf community, and compared the results with the Israeli hearing community and with two American Deaf samples. Results show that the Israeli Deaf community reported significantly higher levels of symptoms on some scales of the BSI when compared to the Israeli hearing community but not when compared to either American Deaf group. On the TSI scales, the Deaf Israeli sample had significantly higher levels on some scales when compared to the Israeli hearing and American Deaf University samples, but not when compared to an American Deaf community sample. Subjects reported abuse rates significantly higher than in the hearing community, which is in line with previous research on abuse in the American Deaf community. Analysis show that these measures appear to be valid for use with the Israeli Deaf community.

The members of Mr. Nead's dissertation committee are Dr. Carolyn Corbett, chair of the dissertation committee, Department of Psychology; Dr. Irene Leigh, Department of Psychology (emerita); Dr. Margery Miller, Department of Psychology (retired); Dr. Amy Wilson, Department of Education; and Dr. Robert Basil, The Highview Center, Ohio.

Mr. Nead began his graduate studies at Gallaudet in 2004. He worked as a clinician at George Mason University and the Multicultural Clinical Center in Springfield, VA. In 2007, he received a Fulbright grant to Israel, where he worked on a variety of projects with the Israeli Deaf community and collected his dissertation research, for which he received the Weiner Family Research Award. He completed his clinical internship at the Deaf and Hard-of- Hearing Outpatient Mental Health Program at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami in Miami, FL from 2012 through 2013. This autumn, he will be serving as a postdoctoral fellow in Health Psychology at the The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center/Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, where he has been asked to establish a clinic for veterans with age- and injury-related hearing loss.

Please join me in extending best wishes to Mr. Nead for his dissertation defense.

Posted by:
Gaurav Mathur
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