Senda Benaissa
  • M.P.H., Public Health - Yale University
Short Biography

Senda Benaissa, a Deaf New York native, is senior research associate/international academic coordinator for the Office of Research Support and International Affairs (RSIA).

After receiving her master's of public health degree from Yale University, Senda spent a couple of years working on national disability surveys at the United Nations, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization in Switzerland, and for the World Bank.

Senda has always been involved with international work and enjoys working with deaf and hard of hearing people. She specializes in international disability issues, specifically in designing household surveys to collect demographic information about people with disabilities in developing countries. She also trains health community workers on how to improve accessibility to health care services for disabled people in both developed and developing countries.

Senda is involved with several of educational research studies with project investigators at RSIA. Senda specializes on designing surveys, developing procedures and collecting data.

In addition to her current role, she is responsible for the Priority Grants that provides a funding support to the Gallaudet faculty and staff's research projects. Senda also serves as a Fulbright "point of contact," provides academic support to incoming Fulbrighters.


Senda manages pre-award support, researcher relations, and annual reporting for the Priority Research Fund and Small Research Grants programs. She coordinates the annual, campus wide compilation of faculty and student research and scholarly achievements for use in the University's Annual Report of Achievements; leaders in the development of campus initiatives for research support; and works on activities to enhance the campus' research climate, notably strategic goal E.2.3.b, "to identify and remove barriers that exist for deaf and hard of hearing faculty...." She also serves on the planning team for international affairs, and develops plans of study in cooperation with campus experts in support of international special students, researchers, and high priority visitors and delegations.

  • research studies
  • measuring accessibility health care for deaf people
  • functional assessment
  • international classification of functioning, disability, and health
  • international disability
  • disability survey
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