Poorna Kushalnagar

Associate Professor/Director DHCQoL

Poorna Kushalnagar

Phone Numbers

202-750-2257 (VP)



Personal Website



Hall Memorial Building E150

Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar received her B.A. in Psychology at Gallaudet University; M.A. in Psychology at the University of Houston; and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Houston. She completed a NIH diversity postdoctoral training in patient reported outcomes research at the Seattle Quality of Life Center at University of Washington and a NIH T32 postdoctoral fellowship in preventive medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. 

Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar directs the Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Research Lab at Gallaudet University. She is the principal investigator of grants funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) that total over $2 million dollars. These grants support studies aligned with her primary research interests in: (1) generic- and deaf/hh-specific quality of life outcomes; (2) adaptation and standardization of PROMIS-Deaf profile for deaf/hh adults; (3) trends of Internet usage for cancer health-related purposes; and (4) applied interventions to improve patient reported outcomes among deaf/hh people across the lifespan.

Courses: Psychology; Health Disparities in the Deaf/HH Community

Research Mentorship: Undergraduate and graduate students in biobehavioral, social science, and public health fields.

Board Member, Discovering Deaf Worlds
Member, International Society for Quality of Life Research
Member, Society of Child Development Research
Member, American Public Health Association
Member, American Psychological Association

See www.deafhealthqol.com for more publications
Kushalnagar, P. & Kushalnagar, R. (forthcoming). Health Information Seeking among Deaf Adults: Findings from the 2017 Health Information National Trends Survey in American Sign Language (HINTS-ASL). Emerald Studies in Media and Communication_e-Health: Current Evidence, Promises, Perils, and Future Directions.
Kushalnagar, P., Moreland, C., Simons, A., & Holcomb, T.* (forthcoming). Perceived communication barrier in family is linked to increased risks for food insecurity among deaf adults who use American Sign Language. Public Health Nutrition.
Current Grants
National Institute of Health: R01 Grant, Diversity Supplement, Sexual & Gender Minority Supplement, $1,819,741, 2015-2020
National Institute of Health: R15 Grant, $444,377, 2015-2018


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