Caroline Pezzarossi

Professor/Fac Fellow For Fac Dev/Vice Chair UF Senate
Psychology / Department of Psychology

Caroline Pezzarossi

Phone Numbers

202-559-5370 (VP)



Hall Memorial Building S410

Dr. Kobek Pezzarossi has known since she was 12 years old she wanted to go into the field of psychology. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lenoir-Rhyne University, she worked as an employment consultant for people with developmental disabilities. After two years she returned to school, this time as a graduate student at the University of Arkansas where she earned her Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling for People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, she worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Indiana. Her area of specialization was within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population in Indianapolis, Indiana. In realizing she still had a dream of a degree in psychology, Dr. Kobek Pezzarossi then enrolled at Gallaudet University's Clinical Psychology doctoral program where she earned a Master of Arts degree as well as a Doctor of Philosophy degree. 

Dr. Kobek Pezzarossi is now a Professor of Psychology with the Undergraduate Program at the Gallaudet University Department of Psychology. Her areas of teaching include Human Sexuality, Psychology of Gender, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology among other courses. Dr. Kobek Pezzarossi focuses her research in intimate partner violence (IPV) and the impact of media on mental health within the Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Disabled, and Hard of Hearing (DDBDDHH) community. 

When she is not with her students in and out of the classroom or attending events at Gallaudet University, you can often find her with a book. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as trying new food (she could talk about books and food all day long if you let her). 

Dr. Kobek Pezzarossi often teaches courses related to human interaction such as Human Sexuality, Methods of Therapy, Gender, or Social Psychology. She has a deep interest and desire to be the "guide on the side" rather than the "sage on a stage." She finds that her students are better instructors than she is!

Dr. Kobek Pezzarossi has a long history of involvement with boards. Some boards include DAWN, Psi Chi Diversity Advisory Committee, the Lenoir-Rhyne University Alumni Association. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), ADARA, and Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology.

Selected Works

Book Chapters

Leigh, I.W, Morere, D.A., & Kobek Pezzarossi, C.M. (2014). Deaf-gain: Beyond deaf culture. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Clark, M.D., Sweeten, M., DeMeyer, S., & Kobek Pezzarossi, C.M. (2017). Are deaf dating scripts really different from those of their hearing peers? Sexuality & Culture, 

Anderson, M. L., & Kobek Pezzarossi, C. M. (2013). Violence against deaf women: Effect of partner hearing status. Journal of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education, 2-11. doi:10.1093/deafed/ent053

Anderson, M.L. & Kobek Pezzarossi, C.M. (2012). Is it abuse? Deaf female undergraduates’ labeling of partner violence. Journal of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education, 17 (2). 273-286

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Schooler, D., Kobek Pezzarossi, C.M. & Aldalur, A. (2018). Switched at Birth and media internalization among deaf women. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, FL.

Schooler, D., Kobek Pezzarossi, C.M., & Aldalur, A. (2017) Considering identity and media in deaf and hard of hearsing emerging adult body image development. Paper presented at the Media Preconference for the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood's annual conference, Washington, DC.


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800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002