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Dissertation defense for Alesia Allen

  • Date: April 26, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 AM
  • Location: Hall Memorial Building (HMB), room S302

To: Students, Faculty and Staff

From: Gaurav Mathur, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School

Re: Dissertation Defense for Alesia Allen

It is my pleasure to announce that Alesia Allen, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology, will defend her dissertation on “Factors that influence psychological well-being in hard of hearing individuals” on Friday, April 26th at 9 a.m. in Hall Memorial Building (HMB), room S302. The first forty minutes of the dissertation defense are open to the Gallaudet community.

The purpose of Ms. Allen's study is to examine factors that may influence psychological well-being and a sense of belonging in Hard-of-hearing (HH) people, including the relationship between deaf-related acculturation styles and overall psychological well-being. Results  indicate that overall psychological well-being of HH individuals is impacted by feeling a strong connection to any culture more so than other variables such as hearing ability and language competency.   

The members of Ms. Allen’s dissertation committee are Dr. Carolyn Corbett, Department of Psychology, chair of the dissertation committee; Dr. Patrick Brice, Department of Psychology (retired); Dr. Irene Leigh, Department of Psychology (emerita); Dr. Regina Nuzzo, Department of Psychology and Department of Science, Technology, and Math; Dr. Deborah Maxwell-McCaw, Department of Psychology; and Dr. Teresa Crowe, Department of Social Work. 

Since she entered the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology in 2004, Ms. Allen's professional experiences have focused on the unique needs of people of color.  She served as a project manager for the Gallaudet Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training grant (to support recruitment efforts and training of students of color in the Clinical Psychology Program), a member of the Gallaudet University Diversity Team (charged with monitoring the progress of Gallaudet Diversity Action Plan and serving as an advisory group to the president), and an intergroup dialogue facilitator to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to explore, question, and confront existing tensions and divisions between and among people based on racial and ethnic identity. She also served as the Graduate Student Association president from January through December 2008.  She taught psychology courses and completed externships at Springfield Hospital Center, Multicultural Clinical Center, Friendship Public Charter Schools, and Gallaudet Mental Health Center (now known as Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS).  She was the recipient of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Achievement Award (2010) and Officer Appreciation Award (2009) presented by the Graduate Student Association.  After completing her coursework, Ms. Allen served as a clinical coordinator at PAHrtners Deaf Services and as an outpatient therapist providing individual, group, and family therapy to adolescents and adults in residential treatment programs.  She is currently an instructor in the Department of Liberal Studies at  Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. 

Please join me in extending best wishes to Ms. Allen for her dissertation defense. 

Posted by Elizabeth Gibbons | Posted April 18, 2019 at 4:16 PM


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