I am an assistant professor in the ASL and Interpreting Education Department at the National Technical Institute of the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I also serve as director for the department's healthcare interpreting program, coordinating the Masters in Health Care Interpretation degree and the Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting (CHI) program. I teach in the CHI program and two undergraduate elective courses: Introduction to Healthcare Interpreting and Introduction to Mental Health interpreting.
I am also a practitioner. I have worked as an ASL-English interpreter for 24 years in a variety of settings including: conference, corporate, healthcare, legal, mental health, performance, post-secondary, social justice, legal, and video relay service. For the past 8 years, I have specialized in healthcare interpreting with both patients and medical professionals.
I completed my Ph.D. in Interpretation from Gallaudet University in 2022, where I conducted an institutional ethnographic study exploring effective communication access in US hospitals. I graduated with an M.Ed. in Interpreting Pedagogy and completed my BA in Women's Studies from California State University, Long Beach in 2003.
My research interests include healthcare interpreting, expertise, aging and cognition, neurodiversity, and trauma-informed pedagogy.