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Debra Russell, PhD

David Peikoff Chair of Deaf Studies;

Director, Western Canadian Centre of Deaf Studies

Educational Psychology

Dr. Debra Russell is interested in the study of American Sign Language - English interpretation, signed language research, and issues of language acquisition for Deaf children.
Her current research projects include a demographic survey of ASL-English interpreters in Canada; an examination of the linguistic access that deaf children have when accessing education that is mediated via sign language interpretation; a survey of best practices of interpreters in legal settings; and the documentation of Ukrainian Sign Language in collaboration with the Institute of Special Pedagogy in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Current research project/s:

Interpreting in Mediated Environment

Interpreters and preparation - Does it make a difference

Legal Interpreting Survey

Recent publications:

Russell, D.  (in press).  Designing a research project: Beginning with the end in mind.  In

B. Nicodemus & L. Swabey (Eds.) Essays in Interpreting Research (pp. 331-

376). John Benjamins: Amsterdam.

Russell, D., & Stone, C. (in press). Interview with a scholar and a gentleman: Dr

          Christopher Stone. International Journal of Interpreter Education, 3. Accepted:


Roberson, L, Russell, D.  Shaw, R (accepted for publication).  American Sign

Language/English Interpreting in Legal Settings:  Current Practices in North

America.  Journal of Interpretation.

Recent presentations:

Russell, D. (2011, August). Point of view: Is that what she meant? Presentation to the Australia Sign Language Interpreters Association, Victoria Chapter, 25th Anniversary Celebration.  Melbourne, Australia.

Russell, D. (2011, August). Mediated education: What can interpreters do to lessen the illusion of inclusion? Keynote presentation for the Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association. Sydney, Australia.

Russell, D. (2011, August). Legal interpreting: Making it work in seemingly impossible conditions. Keynote presentation for the Australia Sign Language Interpreters Association. Sydney, Australia.

Stone, D. & Russell, D. (2011, July). Interpreting in International Sign: Decisions of Deaf and non-deaf interpreters.  Paper presented at the World Association of the Sign Language Interpreters in Durban, South Africa.

Robertson, L, Russell, D. & Shaw, R.  (2011, July). Current Practices in Signed Language Interpreting in Legal Settings in North America. Paper presented at the World Association of the Sign Language Interpreters in Durban, South Africa.

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