Faculty Mentors - 2018 Applications

Each first year graduate student is matched with a clinical faculty member who will serve as an advisor and research mentor to the graduate student during the initial years of the program.  Below is a list of the specific faculty members who will be accepting one or more new students for fall 2019 admissions. 

Carolyn A. Corbett, Ph.D., Professor - Dr. Corbett's current research interests are in the areas of mental health issues of minority deaf individuals, ethical issues important when conducting research in small communities, and psychological stress in sign language interpreters.

Dr. Corbett's research team has projects including:

  • High risk behaviors in Deaf adolescents
  • Emotional experiences of Deaf college students
  • Psychological stress in sign language interpreters
  • Resiliency in Deaf trauma survivors.

Lori Day, Ph.D., Associate Professor - Dr. Day's current research interests include: adaption of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to make it accessible for deaf individuals, adaptations of psychological measures for deaf individuals, and removing biases in training for graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

Students on Dr. Day's research team have recently completed or are in the process of developing their projects on the following topics:

  • Adaptation of PCIT for deaf families
  • Applications of PCIT for signing children and parents
  • Use of WISC-V with deaf children
  • Emotional regulation and communication in deaf families

Additionally, Dr. Day supports advanced graduate students in obtaining externship and internship positions and is the Faculty Editorial Supervisor for the Gallaudet Chronicles of Psychology.

Cara Miller, P.D., Assistant Professor - Dr. Miller joined the core faculty this year. Her research interests include social and multicultural psychology; gender and sexuality; disability and psychosocial identity; trauma and post-traumatic growth; grief/bereavement; and applications of research and science on the psychology of human-animal interaction. She will be accepting students for the incoming 2019 cohort. 

Donna Morere, Ph.D., Professor - Dr. Morere's research interests include primary language disorders in deaf children, adaptation of neuropsychological assessment instruments for use with deaf and hard of hearing individuals, cognition and memory, executive functioning and attention disorders, and reading and language development in deaf children. Dr. Morere is a co-investigator on the VL2 Early Education Literacy Lab grant.

Dr. Morere's research team has projects including:

  • Deaf children with CMV
  • Sign verbal fluency among deaf adults
  • Gender and executive funtioning among deaf people

Lawrence Pick, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor - Dr. Pick's research and clinical interests include the neuropsychological mechanisms underlying emotional and cognitive disorders among Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Deafblind individuals; trauma and related disclosure experiences; anxiety disorders; and diversity and multiculturalism.

Students on Dr. Pick's research team have recently completed or are in the process of developing their projects on the following topics:

  • Sexual assault experiences and disclosure behaviors among deaf women (qualitative and quantitative approaches).
  • Adapting a childhood trauma screening measure for use with DHHDB people.
  • Acquisition of sexual knowledge and related communication practices among deaf emerging adults 
  • Developing a measure of acculturative stress for use with deaf adults.
  • Prevalence of psychopathology among deaf college students