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Dissertation defense for Amarilys Galloza-Carrero

  • Date: July 17, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 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 Amarilys Galloza-Carrero

It is my pleasure to announce that Amarilys Galloza-Carrero, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology, will defend her dissertation on “Deaf Hispanic/Latino children’s attention and language acquisition: A longitudinal study” on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Hall Memorial Building (HMB), Room S418.  The first forty minutes of the dissertation defense are open to the Gallaudet community.

Ms. Galloza-Carrero’s dissertation evaluates the developmental trajectories of language acquisition and attention among Hispanic/Latino deaf children over a three-year period, in what may represent the first longitudinal study of Hispanic/Latino deaf children to date.  Ms. Galloza-Carrero utilizes exploratory data analysis for longitudinal data and multivariate analysis of variance procedures to examine the results of measures of attention and language skills administered over a three-year period, focusing on the extent to which the developmental trajectories of Hispanic/Latino deaf children differ from those of deaf children who are not Hispanic/Latino.  The results reveal that these trajectories did not significantly differ by ethnicity, suggesting a need for future exploration of the contextual factors and social implications associated with ethnicity that may impact the acquisition of language and attention skills among this population.

The members of Ms. Galloza-Carrero’s dissertation committee are Dr. Donna Morere, Department of Psychology, chair of the dissertation committee; Dr. Patrick J. Brice, Department of Psychology; Dr. Tania Thomas-Presswood, Department of Psychology; Dr. Sherry Eyer, Department of Psychology; and Dr. Thomas Allen, Ph.D. Program in Educational Neuroscience.

Ms. Galloza-Carrero, a native of Puerto Rico, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and was recognized by the Puerto Rican Psychological Association with the Undergraduate Psychology Student of the Year Award.  She then studied clinical psychology at the same university and spent two years working and conducting research with the deaf community in Puerto Rico.  Ms. Galloza-Carrero entered the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet University in 2009 as a Florence R. Foerderer fellow.  She was selected as the 2010 recipient of the Weiner Family Research Award (2010) in recognition of outstanding research that contributes to an understanding of diagnostic techniques and treatments aimed at improving mental health outcomes of deaf individuals.  Her clinical work has focused on drug and alcohol addiction, forensic assessment of Hispanic/Latino individuals, and psychotherapy with children and adolescents with severe trauma, while her research interests include language acquisition and attention, depressive symptomatology in Hispanic/Latino deaf children, adolescents, and adults, and screening measures for psychiatric symptomatology in Hispanic/Latino deaf individuals. Over the course of her academic career, she has served as a teaching assistant in graduate courses on clinical interview skills and statistics and participated in the publication of journal articles, book chapters, and a manualized intervention for the Hispanic/Latino population.

Please join me in extending best wishes to Amarilys Galloza-Carrero for her dissertation defense.

Posted by Elizabeth Gibbons | Posted June 29, 2018 at 1:19 PM


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