American Sign Language (ASL) Exchange
Emmanuel (Mani) Garcia, Psychology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Regina Miranda
NML Award: The History and Public Health Award (January 2016)
ABOUT Mani Garcia (lead researcher) AND his RESEARCH
Below is a video in ASL (with closed captioning) where I introduce myself and my research. A transcript of the video is provided below the video.
Hi I’m Mani Garcia. My sign-name is the letter-M brushing down on my right eyebrow. I’m a 4th year PhD student at the City University of New York (CUNY) Hunter College. I work in the Experimental Psychopathology Lab directed by Dr. Regina Miranda. My research is focused on finding ways to improve and promote the physical and mental health of Deaf community members by developing better assessment and treatment. I am focused on problems related to anxiety, depression, and stress. There is evidence that the Deaf community is impacted more negatively by the effects of anxiety, depression, and stress than hearing people (Fellinger, Holzinger, & Pollard, 2012) are. In addition, the small number of physical/mental health providers culturally and linguistically competent to serve the Deaf community leaves Deaf people with very few suitable options in a time of need (Cabral, Muhr, & Savegeau, 2013). This lack of suitable options has been tied to harmful cognitive, emotional, and social consequences for Deaf people. My research is focused on understanding potential solutions to the problems discussed in this video.
ABOUT ASL EXCHANGE
American Sign Language (ASL) Exchange was founded as online platform to engage in clinical research/practice on Deaf mental health in collaboration with the Deaf Community—an approach considered best practice. Due to a dearth of health professionals and researchers who are fluent in ASL—and the cultural/linguistic minority status of the Deaf Community—physical/mental health literacy, capital, and best-practice is severely limited in the ASL Community. To address these gaps the ASL Exchange is focused on engaging in best-practice clinical education, research, and cultural/linguistic adaptation efforts in collaboration with the ASL Community.
The mission of the ASL Exchange is to help facilitate a sea change of increased access to physical/mental health education, assessment, and interventions for Deaf and deaf-blind individuals.
- Do not assume value: create value.
- Do not greet crisis with business as usual.
- Flexibility gives creativity a life span.
- Communication is paramount: work at it constantly.
- Match attention with intention: this creates sustainable results.
ASL Exchange News
- Dr. Amber Martin, academic advisor to ASL Exchange recently gave a lecture in ASL, “The Cognitive and Social Impacts of Early Language Experiences of Deaf Children” at the Center for Anxiety in Brooklyn. This was the first ASL Exchange event, as part of a continuing collaboration with the Center for Anxiety to provide free accessible mental health education to the Deaf community. To the right is a screenshot of a tweet we sent out from the event.
- Mani recently contributed tweets to an online campaign meant to raise awareness about the accessibility challenges Deaf people face, that hearing people often take for granted, using the hashtag #hearingprivilege. Some of Mani’s tweets were featured in a Huffington Post article and Buzzfeed article. 9-28-19
- We are very proud to report that our Clinical Research Trainee, Eileen Fair, has graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in ASL & Psychology. Eileen is now working as a Paraprofessional at The Children’s Center for Communication-Beverly School for the Deaf and searching for graduate programs in Clinical Psychology. Fortunately, she is still working with us on ASL Exchange projects, and on Mani’s Doctoral Dissertation “iD Study” project, which begins data collection very soon. Congratulations Eileen, we are so happy to have you on our team. 8-14-16
- Read My week at the CUNY Graduate Center Digital Research Institute (#GCDRI) by Mani. 8-12-16
- Mani has made progress with his Portable EEG project. Read more here. 8-9-16
- I (Mani) have just received the Graduate Center “Digital Project Incubation Grant” for my Portable EEG project. 7-20-16
- I (Mani) have just received the University of Alabama at Birmingham Neural Conference Research “Shark Tank” Award for my Portable EEG project. 6-24-16
- I (Mani) have just received the City University of New York Dean K. Harrison Travel-Research Award, for work on the iD Study and ASL Exchange.
- We are thrilled to welcome Eileen Fair, a second semester senior at Northeastern University in Boston, as a new ASL Exchange Clinical Research Trainee. Eileen is completing a bachelors degree in ASL & Psychology. More information and video introduction is coming soon. 2-29-16
- We are thrilled to have Professor Michael Ballard, of Iowa State University, as a new ASL Exchange Academic Partner. We have some exciting plans together. More information and video introduction is coming soon. Read more about Professor Ballard here. 2-26-16
- I (Mani) am thrilled to now have my colleague and co-investigator, Dr. Amber J. Martin of Hunter College, as ASL Exchange Administrator. A video introduction is coming soon. Read more about Dr. Martin here. 2-23-16
- A sneak peek at 2 members of the ASL Exchange interpreting/translation team: Katherine Walley & Erin Quinn. 2-7-16
- I (Mani) just received the History and Public Health Award by the CUNY New Media Lab for my first ASL Exchange research project, in collaboration with Drs. Amber Martin and Regina Miranda at Hunter College. The award is for the iD Study. 1-21-16
- ASL Exchange and The Center for Anxiety (Brooklyn office) present: The FREE ASL interpreted lecture by Dean McKay, PhD, ABPP, “The Limits of Medication for Your Children and You: Excessive Medical Interventions for Mental Disorders.” Interpreter: Mani Garcia, MA, CI. 1-15-16
- I (Mani) was just awarded the CUNY Diversity Project Development Fund (DPDF) grant for my first ASL Exchange research project, in collaboration with Drs. Amber Martin and Regina Miranda at Hunter College. The award is for the iD Study. 12-11-15