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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child Resilience Center

Addressing trauma among underserved deaf and hard of hearing children.
Making a way for new innovations, treatment, and training.
Closing the gap between mental health services and accessibility.

Fighting to Defy the Odds

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child Resilience Center was created to address the gap between these children who have experienced trauma and the mental health services they deserve.

Unique Needs. Service Gaps

Deaf and hard of hearing children and youth are typically at a higher risk for trauma exposure than the general child population due to the unique trauma experienced from everyday communication barriers.

Yet, the number of trauma-informed and linguistically accessible treatments and mental health measures for deaf and hard of hearing remain severely limited. We’re here to change that.

The Child Resilience Center addresses these disparities by adapting and translating child behavioral and trauma measures, developing a new screening measure of language deprivation, adapting evidence-based treatments, and providing training and ongoing consultation for clinicians.

Quality Care for All

We’ve developed a multi-tier approach to improve the outcome of services and to eliminate health disparities for traumatized deaf children, adolescents, and their families.

The goals our center is focused around:

  • Creating culturally and linguistically accessible tools to assess trauma symptoms and trauma-related behaviors in deaf and hard of hearing children and youth.
  • Increasing the number of evidence-based trauma-focused interventions adapted for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth, 
  • Growing the number of mental health professionals trained in culturally and linguistically accessible evidence-based trauma-focused interventions. 
  • Developing new training, resources, and screening materials to educate providers and families about the unique cultural and linguistic needs of deaf and hard of hearing children.

Programs and Services

Our programs and services are supported by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and are designed to evolve in order to reflect the most pressing needs in our community. 

Future Offerings:

  • American Sign Language (ASL) Assessments
  • Training and consultation for Licensed Mental Health Providers.

Talking with your children about recent shootings

The NCTSN has many great resources for families, including how to support families in coping with school shootings. 
Watch our ASL video based on the NCTSN’s “Talking to Children About the Shooting
Our Center is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)​

The Child Resilience Center’s Founders and Team

Lori Day, PhD

Center Director

Patrick Boudreault, PhD

Translation Track Director

Kasey Pendexter, LMFT, LMHC, CCTP-II

Intervention Track Director - SMART

Elizabeth Warner, PsyD

SMART Co-Developer

Elizabeth Romero, PhD

Intervention Track Director - TF-CBT

Judith Cohen, MD

TF-CBT Co-Developer

Danielle Previ, PhD

TF-CBT & PCIT Clinician

Wyatte Hall, PhD

Language Deprivation Track Director

Sharon Baker, EdD


Jonathan Henner, PhD

Director of Research Design and Analysis

Advisory Board Members

Najma Johnson

Executive Director of Deaf and Abused Women’s Network

Nancy Moser

Supervisor of Counseling Services at California School for the Deaf

Cara Miller, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Licensed Psychologist

Graduate Assistants

Sheila Maynard

Va’Lecia Penney

Christina Nguyen

Meet Our Sponsors and Partners

Dollar amount of federal funds awarded: $580,813 from September 30, 2021 through September 29, 2022
Percentage total cost of the program financed with federal funding: 100%
Percentage and dollar amount of the total costs funded by non-governmental sources: 0%

Admissions Requirements

Hearing Undergraduate