Executive Committee and Program Staff

Peter C. Hauser, Ph.D.

RIT Program Director

Professor, Director of Deaf Studies Laboratory, and National Science Mentorship Leader for the National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning.

Steven L. Barnett, M.D.

URMC Program Director

Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at UR Medical Center and Director of the National Center on Deaf Health Research.

P. J. Simpson-Haidaris, Ph.D.

Science Education Director

Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Translational Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program at the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at UR Medical Center.

Scott Smith, MD, MPH

Science Mentorship Director

Research Associate Professor at the NTID at RIT.

Jess Cuculick, Ed.D.

Professional Development Director

Associate Professor of Liberal Studies, NTID, RIT.

Camille A. Martina, Ph.D.

Program Evaluator

Research Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences at UR Medical Center.

Nikki Cherry, M.Ed.

Program Coordinator & Interpreter

Katie Libby

URMC Administrative Assistant

Oversight Committee

  • James J. DeCaro, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Center on Access Technology,┬áNTID, RIT
  • Hector Flores, Ph.D., Dean of Graduate Studies, RIT
  • Vivian Lewis, M.D., Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, UR
  • Edith M. Lord, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education at UR Medical Center
  • Daniel Ornt, M.D., Vice President and Dean, Institute of Health Sciences and Technology, RIT

Our mission is to increase the number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing scientists in behavioral and biomedical sciences fields.