The Research Department of the Office of the Provost enhances the intellectual climate on campus by encouraging, facilitating, and disseminating scholarly research. We promote interdisciplinary teams within our research communities to foster diversity, equity in participation, and the inclusion of various academic disciplines. Our endeavors directly advance knowledge of and for deaf and hard of hearing people, thereby contributing to society and establishing Gallaudet as a leading research institution.

Opportunities and Outcomes

Through strategic partnerships with research, business, and nonprofit communities, we create a culture of research-industry collaboration as we derive economic and health benefits from technology. By aligning with Gallaudet’s priorities, we create an impactful and sustainable difference for deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing communities.

Our efforts increase the number of opportunities available for our graduate and undergraduate students as we invest time and resources into scholarships and facilities. Through training and research opportunities, students leave Gallaudet as talented researchers and scholars ready to join the workforce, advance research discoveries, and positively impact both local communities and the world.

Students who are interested in learning more about research opportunities can visit the Research and Innovations page.


Center for Deaf Health Equity

The Center for Deaf Health Equity conducts research that links accessibility to health outcomes among deaf/hard of hearing individuals, engages in community partnerships and training, and shares the results of health research projects through publications and education. The researchers at Deaf Health are involved in a wide range of biobehavioral and applied research projects with our faculty, students, and community members contributing to the lab.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child Resilience Center

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child Resilience Center was created to address the gap between deaf and hard of hearing children and their accessibility to the mental health services they deserve.

Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center

The Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center educates students in the documentary arts and explores the lives of deaf people, and the deaf experience through research, documentation, and dissemination of information on historical issues and endangered cultural knowledge through film, photography, and narrative writing.

Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews, approves, and conducts periodic reviews of research involving human subjects. The primary purpose of such a review is to assure the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects.

Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services advances the University community by providing services and support to faculty and professional staff seeking external funding for scholarly research and training. Responsibilities include working to enhance faculty and staff opportunities for creative and scholarly research and training, as well as encouraging them to pursue their research interests, identify funding sources, and learn more about the proposal submission process.

Petitto Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging

The BL2 studies early brain development underlying language, reading, bilingualism, and sign language processing. This state-of-the-art Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2) was founded and is led by Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, the Science Director and Co-Principal Investigator of the Visual Language and Visual Learning Center (VL2) at Gallaudet.

Technology Access Program (TAP)

The Technology Access Program (TAP) conducts research related to communication technologies and services to produce knowledge useful to industry, government, and deaf and hard of hearing consumers with the focus on equality in communications.

Visual Language and Learning Center (VL2)

The Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) encompasses groundbreaking research and translation labs, the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience Program (PEN), and the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute (CNI) to push forward the frontiers of knowledge.


"There are a vast number of children throughout the nation who suffer from the devastating, potentially lifelong effects of minimal or delayed language exposure, particularly deaf children. RAVE may help to lift this communication barrier."Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, Founder and Scientific Director of Petitto Brain and Language Laboratory

"Increasing evidence-based research will ultimately lead to improving services to people who use interpretation and translation services. Our doctoral students are leading the way with their groundbreaking research on a variety of critical topics."Dr. Brenda Nicodemus, Director of the Gallaudet Center for the Advancement of Interpreting and Translation Research (CAITR)