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Dissertation Defense for Aileen Aldalur

To: Students, Faculty and Staff
From: Gaurav Mathur, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School
Re: Dissertation Defense for Aileen Aldalur

It is my pleasure to announce that Aileen Aldalur, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology, will defend her dissertation on “The Deaf Acculturative Stress Inventory (DASI): Development and validation of an acculturative stress inventory for deaf adults” on Thursday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. The first forty minutes of the dissertation defense are open to the Gallaudet community via a live webinar.  Register here to attend.

The goal of Ms. Aldalur’s study was to develop and validate a measure of acculturative stress for use with deaf and hard-of-hearing adults, the Deaf Acculturative Stress Inventory (DASI). The DASI was developed through a sequential and iterative scale development procedure including theory specification, literature review, data collection, domain identification, item development, expert review, item refinement, and pilot testing. These eight steps were accomplished in two parts. Part I targeted the first four steps of the scale development procedure and involved conducting a qualitative, in-depth exploration of the acculturative stress experiences of deaf adults via semi-structured focus group interviews. The construct of deaf acculturative stress was defined, the psychological impact of such stress was highlighted, and deaf specific coping resources were identified. Part II targeted the last four steps and involved item development, expert review, item refinement, and pilot testing of the initial scale on a sample of deaf adults across the country. The overall project resulted in a structured inventory to assess levels of acculturative stress among deaf and hard-of-hearing adults. Evidence for the reliability and validity of the DASI was demonstrated through its association with Deaf and Hearing acculturation and psychological adjustment.

The members of Ms. Aldalur’s dissertation committee are Dr. Lawrence Pick, Department of Psychology, chair of the dissertation committee; Dr. Deborah Schooler, Department of Psychology; Dr. Deborah Maxwell-McCaw, Department of Psychology; Dr. Danielle Thompson-Ochoa, Department of Counseling; and Dr. John Gournaris, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division.

Ms. Aldalur entered the Clinical Psychology Program at Gallaudet University in the Fall of 2014. Throughout her clinical training, she has worked in a wide range of sites including Gallaudet University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, a community mental health clinic for deaf individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses, a residential school of the Deaf, and a non-profit organization providing trauma-informed therapy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Ms. Aldalur is currently completing a predoctoral internship at the University of Rochester Medical Center providing outpatient and inpatient treatment with a focus on trauma, substance use, serious and persistent mental illnesses, and working with the deaf and hard-of-hearing population. Ms. Aldalur’s research has primarily focused on the construct and measurement of acculturative stress among deaf and hard-of-hearing adults. During her graduate career she has presented her research at five professional conferences, published three chapters in a clinical encyclopedia, and published two peer-reviewed articles in professional journals. Her poster presentation at the 2016 American Psychological Association conference won the Division 45 Outstanding Poster Award. After graduation, Ms. Aldalur plans to obtain funding from the National Institute of Health to complete a clinical research postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center focused on the development of evidence-based interventions for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

Please join me in extending best wishes to Aileen Aldalur for her dissertation defense. 

Posted by Elizabeth Gibbons | Posted June 30, 2020 at 10:23 AM

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