Poorna Kushalnagar

Professor/Director, Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Research Lab
Human Development & Well-being

Poorna Kushalnagar

Phone Numbers

585 666 0818 (VP)



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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 close to $3 million dollars. These grants support studies aligned with her primary research interests in deaf patient reported outcomes and health communication research.

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

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

Member, International Society for Quality of Life Research
Member, American Public Health Association
Member, American Psychological Association


Argenyi, M. & Kushalnagar, P. (forthcoming). Social Media Use and HIV Screening Uptake Among Deaf Adults in the United States. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Kushalnagar, P., Engelman, A., & Simons, A. (2019). Deaf Women's Health: Adherence to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Kushalnagar, P., Holcomb, J., & Sadler, G. (2019). Genetic Testing and eHealth Usage among Deaf Women. Journal of Genetic Counseling. DOI: 10.1002/jgc4.1134

Kushalnagar, P., Reesman, J., Holcomb, T., & Ryan, C. (2019). Prevalence of Depression or Anxiety Diagnosis in Deaf Adults. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education.

Kushalnagar, P., Paludneviciene, R., & Kushalnagar, R. (2019). Video Remote Interpreting Technology in Healthcare: A Cross-Sectional Study of Deaf Patients’ Experiences. JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies. doi: 10.2196/13233

Humphries, T., Kushalnagar, P., Mathur, G., Napoli, DJ, Padden, C., Rathmann, C., & Smith, SR (2019). Support for Parents of Deaf Children: Common Questions and Informed, Evidence-based Answers. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology

Spellun, A., Moreland, C. & Kushalnagar, P., (2019). Young Deaf Adults' Knowledge of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Perceived Risk of Vaccine Preventing Cervical, Anal, Penile and Oral Cancer. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpag.2018.11.013


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