Research Interests Healthcare interpreting; expertise, aging and cognition; interpreting pedagogy; deaf professionals and designated interpreters
Dissertation Research Study, Gallaudet University, 2019 Project Title: Letter or spirit of the law: An institutional ethnography of effective communication access in U.S. hospitals. IRB Approved PJID #3153 Current status: Data collection: conducting field study. Study participants can email meto receive a written report and/or ASL summary with findings upon completion of the study.
Graduate Research, Gallaudet University, 2017 Rodrigues, J. (2017). Reported Effects of Aging on Cognitive Function During ASL-English Interpreting: Evidence for an Interpreter Advantage? Exploratory phenomenological research study investigating reported effects of aging experienced by signed language interpreters during simultaneous interpreting.
Research Assistant, Gallaudet University Department of Interpretation and Translation. 2016 - Dr. Laurie Swabey 2015 - Dr. Melanie Metzger, Dr. Keith Cagle and Dr. Dani Hunt 2014 - Dr. Cynthia Roy 2013 - Dr. Christopher Stone and Dr. Debra Russell
Faculty Research, VRS Interpreting Institute, Salt Lake City, UT. 2012 Conducted action research with colleagues within the School-to-Work program with creating a natural critical learning environment within the interpreting classroom by applying the seven principles of effective instruction from Ken Bain’s work, “What the Best College Teachers Do” (2004). Research results were reported at the Conference of Interpreter Trainers Conference, October 2012
Graduate Research, Northeastern University, 2011 Rodrigues, J. (2011). “Scaffolded Instruction: Incorporating ASL in the Interpreting Classroom.” Action Research study exploring student ability to achieve learning outcomes of an elective interpreting course using ASL as the language of instruction.
Rodrigues, J. (2017, October). Designated interpreting: Making the case for specialization. Presentation at the 2017 Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference. State College, PA.
Rodrigues, J. (2017, April). Healthcare interpreting: Using the NCIEC career lattice to assess competency. Presentation at the Mount Aloysius Interpreting conference. Cresson, PA.
Rodrigues, J. (2017, March). Reported effects of aging on cognitive function during ASL English interpreting: Evidence for an interpreter advantage? Poster presentation at the Symposium on Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Research. Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.
Rodrigues, J. (2016, June). Can interpreting make you smarter? Exploring the link between cognitive function, expertise and aging. NCIEC Emerging Scholars Webinar Series.
Rodrigues, J. (2014, April). Bridging the gap: Graduate to professional interpreter. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference, Seven Springs, PA.
Miner, A., Rodrigues, J., and Smith, M. (2012, October) What the best college teachers do: Applications to interpreting. Presentation at the Conference of Interpreter Trainers Conference, Charlotte, NC.
Rodrigues, J. (2011, August) Excuse me…WHAT? A meaning-based approach to VRS interpreting. Workshop presented at the Inland Empire Interpreting Conference. Cal Baptist University, Riverside, CA.