Patrick Boudreault, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/NEH - PI
Department of Interpretation & Translation

Patrick Boudreault

Phone Numbers

202-558-2271 (VP)



Hall Memorial Building 1415

Office Hours

Fall 2018 Office hours: Tuesdays 2:30- 4:00 and Wednesdays 2:00-3:30

Hailing from Quebec City, Canada, Patrick Boudreault is a native user of Langue des Signes Québécoise and is fluent in American Sign Language, English and French. Boudreault holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Manitoba at Winnipeg, a M.Sc. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University, and a B.A. degree in Linguistics from Université du Québec à Montréal. He has been involved in the field of sign language teaching and Deaf Studies for more than 20 years in both Canada and the United States. Prior to joining the department, Dr. Boudreault was the coordinator of Masters in Sign Language Education from the Department of ASL & Deaf Studies at Gallaudet, and he also was an Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge.

Dr. Boudreault has collaborated with researchers across North America on a variety of research topics related to the Deaf community and sign language. Since 2005, he has worked with with Dr. Christina Palmer of University of California, Los Angeles. Together, they have received substantial funding from the National Institutes of Health for Deaf Genetics Projects to investigate the impact of genetic testing and genetic counseling for the deaf genes, CX26/30, on the Deaf community in California. 

More broadly, Dr. Boudreault’s primary areas of interest revolve around the topics of sign language translation and interpreting, mapping sign language acquisition, developing and designing sign language assessment tools, and most recently toward the emerging field of automated translation. At the heart of his research lies his passion for the social justice and human right of sign language.

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Dr. Boudreault has taught courses in the following topics:

- Linguistics of Sign Language

- Research and Methods

- Deaf Interpretering

- Translation

- Deaf Studies

- American Sign Language

- Langue des Signes Québécoise

- Faculty and Student Affairs, committee member 2017-2020, Gallaudet University. Site HERE

- Vice-President Testing, Center for Assessment of Sign Language Interpreters (  @ HERE

- Executive Editor, Deaf Studies Digital Journal ( and dsdj.gallaudet.eduHERE


- Co-researcher: Experience of Deaf People with Canadian Justice System. Site HERE

- Co-Principal Investigator: ASL-Index project, Dr. Marlon Kuntze

- Collaborator: Georgetown University, Sign Language Research Laboratory, Dr. Ted Supalla. SLRL HERE

- Research team member: ASL-Production Test, University of Manitoba, Dr. Charlotte Enns.

- Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Christian Vogler and partner with project


Palmer, C.G., Boudreault, P., et al. (2016). Bilingual approach to online cancer genetics education for Deaf American Sign Language users produce greater knowledge and confidence than English text only: A randomized study. Disability and Health Journal.

Gertz, G. & Boudreault, P. (2016). (EDs.) Deaf Studies Encyclopedia, Los Angeles, CA: SagPublications.

Palmer, C.G.S., Boudreault, P., et al. (2014). Impact of Genetic Counseling and Connexin-26 and Connexin-30 Testing on Deaf Identity and Comprehension of Genetic Test Results in a Sample of Deaf Adults: A Prospective, Longitudinal Study. PLOS ONE.

Boudreault, P. (2005). Deaf interpreters. In Janzen, T. (Ed.), Topics in signed language interpretation: Theory and practice (pp. 323-355). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002