Dr. Barbara Gerner de Garcia Ed.D.
  • Ed.D., Applied Psycholinguistics, Boston University
  • M.Ed, Deaf Education, Boston University
  • B.A., Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Short Biography

Dr. Barbara Gerner de Garcia, Professor, has been at Gallaudet University since 1992.  She teaches various courses including reading and writing for K-12, home school collaboration, social studies methods and more.  Her experience in multicultural issues includes 17 years as a teacher of the deaf in the Boston Public schools, where she implemented and taught in a trilingual program for Latino Deaf and hard of hearing students. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil from August to December 1999. Her background includes publications and research on multicultural issues in deaf education, as well as numerous presentations and workshops, and extensive involvement in local and national organizations dealing with multicultural education. At Gallaudet University, she has been a leader in multicultural transformation through service on numerous committees, and as an organizer of the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institutes since 2013.

Dr. Gerner de García has served as the Principal Investigator or Co-PI on several federal grants including Project THREADS (1995-1998) to prepare teacher leaders in multicultural deaf education, Literacy for Latino Deaf English Language Learners (2002-2004), and the ICARE Schools Project: Involvement, Caring, Affirmation, Respect, and Empowerment (2004-2008) of parents of middle school students with disabilities. In March-May, 2006, she was co-investigator with Dr. Pilar Fernandez-Viader of the University of Barcelona on the project "Implementing bilingual education for the deaf in Catalonia: Beliefs about critical knowledge needed in bilingual classrooms with deaf children". She was the co-PI with Susan Chacon, MSW, New Mexico Department of Health on The Latin American and the Caribbean Newborn Hearing Screening Survey in 2011.  In collaboration with Dr. Lodenir Karnopp of Brazil, she co-edited Change and promise: Bilingual deaf education and Deaf culture in Latin America published by Gallaudet Press in October, 2016.


Trilingual deaf education, immigrant Deaf and hard of hearing students and their families, deaf education in Latin America, multicultural issues in deaf education


Massachusetts: Elementary Education, Deaf Education (Audition) (not current).

Council on Education of the Deaf: Teacher.

Certificates (Massachusetts endorsement) Bilingual Spanish 

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