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Melissa Garafalo, AuD, Graduate Research Assistant
Melissa is a Research Assistant with the Project HQL Colorado site. Melissa is a PhD student in the department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder working with Dr. Brenda Schick. She received her AuD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in December 2007. Melissa's research interests focus on outcomes of children and youth with hearing loss with a focus on the relationship between various outcomes, such as friendships, academics, language, and quality of life, for adolescents who are D/HH.
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Poorna Kushalnagar, PhD, Postdoctoral Co-Investigator
Dr. Kushalnagar is a deaf postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Health Services, working on the quality of life research project with deaf/hoh youths in Texas. She completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with focus in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Houston. Dr. Kushalnagar was awarded a two-year Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research and Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Award from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to support her research training with the Seattle Quality of Life Group. Her central research focuses on external factors within home, school and community environments that influence quality of life among deaf and hard-of-hearing youths from Spanish-speaking families. Future research plans include developing theory-based interventions for long-term cognitive and behavior changes, resulting in improved quality of life outcomes among youths who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
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