Deaf Hub Explores Perspectives: Dr. Alesia Allen

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Dr. Alesia Allen's portrait picture smiles into a camera.

Join us for Dr. Alesia Allen’s talk, “A Black Deaf Woman’s Journey To a PhD” as part of the Deaf Hub Explores Perspectives Series (“DHEP”). This event will take place at the Student Development 2102 on Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Interpreters have been requested. For more details or questions, please email Dyl Levenson,

This Exploring Perspectives Series introduces our deaf and hard-of-hearing students to see through the lens of deaf and hard-of-scientists in navigating their lives to pursue a PhD in a biomedical field. Dr. Allen’s short biography is shared below.

Alesia Allen, Ph.D., is Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Diversity and Inclusion at National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). In this role, she monitors diversity, inclusion, equal opportunity and access regulations and issues in higher education and advises the president and other NTID administrators on matters related to diversity and inclusion. Dr. Allen has more than 15 years of professional, clinical, and teaching experience and she worked on several initiatives to promote system changes that impact deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who come from diverse backgrounds. Her career consisted of several roles that include providing therapy and assessments to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, clinical consultations, teaching, and advocating for better mental health services for this population. Dr. Allen holds a doctoral and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Gallaudet University and a bachelor’s in psychology from RIT. Dr. Allen’s research interests focused on factors that influence psychological well-being in individuals who self-identify as hard of hearing.

This series is partially supported by NIGMS of the National Institutes of Health through Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate (T32GM150525) and RIT U-RISE (T34GM145542), located on the bottom-left corner of the graphic post.

Dyl Levenson
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When and Where
November 30, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room/Location: 2102

Open to the Public

Interpreter Requested?


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