The ways in which I have interfaced with Deaf/deaf/hard of hearing communities are diverse. This enables me to consult on a large number of subjects related to the deaf and hard of hearing worlds: culture, education, service needs, and a wide range of matters associated with the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health related concerns in deaf/hard of hearing individuals.
My work in the deaf and hard of hearing communities began in 1981. Since then, it has taken me to numerous cities across Texas and around the U.S. The following is a short sample of some of my past roles and previous experiences:
- Patient liaison: coordination of services and case consultation between a university Speech and Hearing Clinic and its Psychological Services Center
- Statewide-consultant: the development of agency policies and procedures to serve deaf clients in all of the facilities within the Alabama Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation
- Outpatient services psychologist: evaluate and provide individual/group/marital/family therapy to children and adults
- Inpatient clinician: evaluation of patients in a psychiatric hospital setting using psychological, neuropsychological, and behavioral assessments
- Forensics therapist: interface with psychiatrists and representatives of the judicial system at inpatient facility serving convicted criminals
- School for the Deaf: Supervising Psychologist at a state residential school providing staff training, case supervision, psychological evaluations, and crisis intervention
- Adjunct faculty: educate and train psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to work with deaf/hard of hearing clients
- Program development: Chairperson of several task force groups established for the purpose of developing services for deaf/hard of hearing in hospitals, communities, and schools where none had previously existed
- Community education and parent training
- Independent contractor to school districts: evaluate and make recommendations for services to individual deaf students
- Media consultant: coach to film actors and directors on deaf culture and sign language
- Researcher: Conduct studies to determine the success of deaf programming and report those findings at professional conferences
At the present time, I serve deaf clients in my private practice, and am also a consultant to the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at the Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires a greater sensitivity towards, and enhanced responsibility to, providing accessible services to deaf and hard of hearing communities. If you, your program, or your facility should need advice and guidance to adequately meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing people, I am eager to be of assistance.
Whether you require staff training, program development, general consultation, or specific psychological services, I am here to provide that help. Whatever level of support is needed, please contact me. I invite all questions big and small!