3 of 8 | Poorna Kushalnagar | Washington, DC | Deaf Women Herstory Month

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Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar is an associate professor in psychology and 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 $2.5 million dollars. These grants support studies aligned with her primary research interests in deaf health communication and health disparities among Deaf people. In addition to directing Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life research lab, Dr. Kushalnagar serves as a research mentor for undergraduate and graduate students in biobehavioral and social science fields.

Dr. 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.