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Robyn Dean

Assistant Professor

Department of ASL and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

585-475-2549
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Robyn Dean

Assistant Professor

Department of ASL and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Education

BA, Maryville College; MA, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School; Ph.D., Heriot-Watt University (United Kingdom)

585-475-2549

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Journal Paper
Dean, Robyn K., Vincent Samar, and Daniel Maffia. "Are two heads better than one?: Interpreting Students’ Moral Reasoning Skills." International Journal of Interpreter Education. (2022): xx - xx. Web.
K., Dean, Robyn,. "Reflection in action: Measuring context and ethical sensitivity in medical interpreting." Linguistica Antverpiensia, New Series: Themes in Translation Studies. (2022): xx-xx. Web.
Dean, Robyn K. "Over the Tipping Point: Using the Diagnostic Discourse of Standardized Patients to Educate Medical Interpreters." Bakhtiniana. Revista de Estudos do Discurso. (2018): 171 - 191. Web.
Dean, Robyn K. "Condemned To Repetition? An Analysis of Problem-Setting and Problem-Solving In Sign Language interpreting Ethics." International Journal for Translation and Interpreting 6. 1 (2014): 60 — 75. Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Dean, Robyn K. "“Neither an advocate nor a member of the team”: Replacing metaphors with principled reasoning in clinical supervision for interpreters." International Medical Interpreter Association Virtual Conference. International Medical Interpreter Association. online, online. 7 Aug. 2021. Conference Presentation.
Dean, Robyn K. "“Thinking Aloud”: Measuring context & ethical sensitivity in medical interpreters." International Medical Interpreter Association Virtual Conference. International Medical Interpreter Association. online, online. 7 Aug. 2021. Conference Presentation.
Dean, Robyn. "Justice reasoning: How our ethical discourse counters our ethical claims." Australian Sign Language Interpreting Association. Australian Sign Language Interpreting Association. online, online. 21 May 2021. Keynote Speech.
Dean, Robyn. "Speak and ye shall find: How interpreting creates barriers in ethical reasoning." Australian Sign Language Interpreting Association. Australian Sign Language Interpreting Association Queensland. online, online. 26 Mar. 2021. Keynote Speech.
Dean, Robyn. "Review of demand control schema constructs. Presentation online for faculty, staff, and students of GESDO, interpreter training program." GESDÖ Interpreter Training Program. GESDÖ Interpreter Training Program. Linz, Austria (online). 25 Mar. 2021. Keynote Speech.
Den, Robyn K. "Review of demand control schema constructs. Presentation online for faculty, staff, and students of Utrecht University." Interpreter Education Program at Utrecht University. Utrecht University. Utrecht, Netherlands (online). 15 Mar. 2021. Keynote Speech.
Dean, Robyn. "Beyond the weekend workshop: Professional development along the career path." TerpAcademy Summit. TerpAcademy. online, online. 18 Jul. 2021. Conference Presentation.
Dean, Robyn K. "Justice reasoning: How our ethical discourse counters our ethical claims." Virginia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Fairfax County Department of Education. online, online. 20 Feb. 2021. Conference Presentation.
Dean, Robyn K. "Demand control schema: Introduction to the normative ethics of interpreting." Scottish Collaborative of Sign language Interpreters. Scottish Collaborative of Sign language Interpreters. online, online. 16 Jun. 2021. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Demand control schema: Introduction to the normative ethics of interpreting." Association of Sign language Interpreters. Midlands UK. Association of Sign language Interpreters. Midlands UK. online, online. 12 Jun. 2021. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Demand Control Schema: Introduction to the Normative Ethics of Interpreting." Colorado Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Colorado Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. online, online. 8 May 2021. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Introduction to demand control schema and the practice profession of interpreting." Georgia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Georgia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. online, online. 4 Feb. 2021. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Introduction to Case Conferencing for Interpreters." Islington Housing and Adult Social Services. Islington Housing and Adult Social Services. Online, online. 29 Sep. 2021. Guest Lecture.
dean, Robyn K. "Introduction to Reflective Practices for Interpreters." Presented to the European Union Masters of Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI. Presented to the European Union Masters of Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI. online, online. 3 Sep. 2021. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Talking about ethics (and how not to…)." European federation of sign language interpreters. European federation of sign language interpreters. online, online. 11 Sep. 2021. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Context matters: Defining, teaching, and assessing context in healthcare interpreting." National Council on Interpreting in Health Care. National Council on Interpreting in Health Care. Online, online. 29 Sep. 2021. Guest Lecture.
DEAN, ROBYN. "Risky Business: Cortisol Dysregulation in Signed Language Interpreters." ROBYN DEAN. Partners in Deaf Education (NY). Rochester, NY. 9 Nov. 2019. Conference Presentation.
DEAN, ROBYN. "The value of demand control schema." ROBYN DEAN. Utrecht University. Rochester, NY. 14 Nov. 2019. Lecture.
DEAN, ROBYN. "Push me-Pull you: The value of group deliberation on ethical reasoning among signed language interpreting students." ROBYN DEAN. NTID/ASLIE. Rochester, NY. 19 Nov. 2019. Lecture.
DEAN, ROBYN. "Reflective practice and case conferencing for interpreters." ROBYN DEAN. Ad Astra. Rochester, NY. 14 Dec. 2019. Lecture.
DEAN, ROBYN. "Risky Business: Cortisol Dysregulation in Signed Language Interpreters." ROBYN DEAN. Association of Sign Language Interpreters (UK). Rochester, NY. 18 Jan. 2020. Lecture.
DEAN, ROBYN. "Risky Business: Cortisol Dysregulation in Signed Language Interpreters." ROBYN DEAN. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Rochester, NY. 31 Jan. 2020. Lecture.
DEAN, ROBYN. "A Reflective Practitioner." ROBYN DEAN. University of Edinburgh (UK). Rochester, NY. 21 Apr. 2020. Lecture.
DEAN, ROBYN. "Public Service Interpreting: What it would mean to be a Practice Profession." ROBYN DEAN. 7TH PSIT CONFERENCE AT ALCALA. Online, NY. 21 Mar. 2020. Conference Presentation.
DEAN, ROBYN. "Reasoning, Stress, and Cognition:What interests me about my field." ROBYN DEAN. NTID. Rochester, NY. 3 Oct. 2019. Lecture.
DEAN, ROBYN. "Beyond “It depends...” Demand Control Schema for Healthcare Interpreters." ROBYN DEAN. Medical University of South Carolina. Rochester, NY. 6 Dec. 2019. Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "PBL Approach for Community Interpreters." International Association of Problem-Based Learning and Active Learning Methodologies. International Association of Problem-Based Learning and Active Learning Methodologies. Santa Clara, CA. 5 Feb. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Dean, Robyn K. "Research: Not Just for Ivory Tower Dwellers." Monterey Institute. Middlebury Institute at Monterey. Monterey, CA. 10 Feb. 2018. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "The Tipping Point: Seeking Educational Efforts to Improve Legal Interpreters’ Moral Sensitivity." Texas Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators. Texas Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators. Austin, TX. 7 Jul. 2018. Keynote Speech.
DEAN, Robyn K. "Demand Control Schema Discussion for Deaf Interpreters." Alabama Department of Mental Health. Alabama Department of Mental Health. Montgomery, AL. 3 Aug. 2018. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Justice Reasoning: How our Ethical Discourse Counters our Ethical Claims." Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. San Diego, CA. 8 Feb. 2018. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Demand Control Schema & Professional Supervision: Application & Practice." Long Island Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Long Island Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Long Island, NY. 10 Aug. 2018. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Demand Control Schema and Supervision in Educational Interpreters." Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Phoenix, AZ. 20 Jan. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Justice Reasoning: How Our Ethical Discourse Counters Our Ethical Claims." Oregon Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Oregon Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Monmouth, OR. 20 Apr. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "You Can’t Measure A Room With the Color Blue: What the INTERPRETING Profession Gets Wrong About Practical Ethics and How to Make It Right." German Interpreting Association. German Interpreting Association. Zwickau, Germany. 13 May 2017. Keynote Speech.
Dean, Robyn K. and Rachel St. John. "Medical Professionals & Interpreters: Hitting The (Ethical) Mark." Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss. Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss. Rochester, NY. 11 Jun. 2017. Keynote Speech.
Dean, Robyn K. "Being Seasoned: A Conversation on Finding Meaning in the “Second Half” of our Careers." Mental Health Interpreter Training Alumni Sessions. Alabama Department of Mental Health. Montgomery, AL. 3 Aug. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Reflective Practice Techniques for Signed Language Interpreters in the EU." EUMASLI: Magdeburg Block Seminar. European Union Master's of Signed Language Interpreting. Magdeburg, Germany. 18 Sep. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Re-imagining the Career Ladder of an Interpreter." Interpretek: Director's Meeting. Interpretek. Rome, NY. 7 Nov. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Dean, Robyn K. "Condemned to Repetition? An Analysis of Problem-setting and Problem-solving in Sign Language Interpreting Ethics." Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf National Conference. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. New Orleans, LA. 9 Aug. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Dean, Robyn K. "Revealing our Knowledge-in-action: Situated and Reflective Practice Techniques for Medical Interpreters." Healthcare Symposium. National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers. St. Paul, MN. 5 Jun. 2015. Address.
Dean, Robyn K. "A Member of the Healthcare Team: Transforming the Descriptive Ethics of Medical Interpreting to Collaborative Values." Healthcare Symposium. National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers. St. Paul, MN. 5 Jun. 2015. Address.
Dean, Robyn K. "What we do Well and Where we get Stuck: Case Analysis and the Development of Moral Sensitivity." Healthcare Symposium. National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers. St. Paul, MN. 5 Jun. 2015. Address.
Dean, Robyn K. "From "Do Nothing" to "Do no Harm": Collaborative Values in Medical Interpreting." Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf National Conference. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. New Orleans, LA. 10 Aug. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Invited Paper
DEAN, ROBYN. "Healthcare Interpreting Ethics: A critical review." outledge Handbook of Translation and Health. London & New York: Routledge. (2021). Print.
Book Chapter
Dean, Robyn K. and Robert Q Pollard. "Promoting the Use of Normative Ethics in the Practice Profession of Community Interpreting." Signed Language Interpreting in the 21st Century: An Overview of the Profession. Ed. Len Roberson and Sherry Shaw. Washington, DC, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2018. 37 - 64. Print.
Grants
Dean, Robyn K., Robert Q Pollard, and Vincent Samar (2018-2018). Out of the Hot Seat, into the Hot Seat: The Cognitive Effects of a No Rest Approach to Team Interpreting. Grant received/funded by Scholarship Portfolio Development Initiative, RIT.
Dean, Robyn K. (2017-2019). Introducing Translation and Interpreting Studies for Global Collaboration. Grant received/funded by Provost’s Learning Innovations Grants, RIT.
Uninvited Presentations
Dean, Robyn K. and Andrea Sinden. "Exploring Accessibility and Transcreation Between Written English and ASL." Mt. Aloyisius Student-Run Interpreter Conference. Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Mt Aloyisius, PA. 8 Mar. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Dean, Robyn K. "Moral Exemplars and Their Influence on Ethical Thinking of Interpreting Students." Ethics Across the Curriculum. Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum. Grand Rapids, MI. 5 Oct. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Dean, Robyn K. "Les Miserables and Rest’s Three Moral Schemas." Ethics Across the Curriculum. Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum. Grand Rapids, MI. 5 Oct. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Manuscripts Submitted for Publication
Dean, Robyn K. "English-Dominant Presenters Opting for ASL: Is the Assumption of Access Correct?" 15 May 2017. TS - typescript (typed).
Dissertation/Thesis
Dean, Robyn K. "Sign language interpreters' Ethical Discourse and Moral Reasoning Patterns." Diss. Heriot-Watt University, 2015. Print.

Currently Teaching

HCIA-705
3 Credits
This course is the first course taken in the MS in Health Care Interpreting degree program. This week long on-campus residency professional seminar will build a foundation of the practical skills and knowledge undergirding the master’s degree program. It is intended to provide the learner with an overview of the course management system, webinar software, and sign language health care skills development used throughout the program. This course addresses the theoretical constructs and the approach to the practice of interpreting based on the demand-control schema and reflective practice and the federal regulations and policies impacting communication access and the work of interpreters. The latest research regarding health care disparities in the deaf population will be presented and health care interpreting skill development activities will commence.
HCIA-720
3 Credits
This interpreting course exposes interpreters to interpreting in mental health, cardiology, OBGYN, and orthopedic outpatient and inpatient settings. This course will expose interpreters to medical professionals, common medical service protocols, typical diagnostic and treatment dialogues or clinical "scripts" of common conditions, diagnoses, and initial presenting complaints. Exposure to this new content knowledge happens via observations of medical student practice dialogues with simulated patients and other problem-based learning activities. In addition to this new knowledge and the unique observation opportunity, participants will be further reinforcing and integrating the Human Body Systems course content in their analyses of medical interpreted cases. English to ASL/ASL to English skill development activities will be employed.
HCIA-740
3 Credits
This course is a continuation of HICA 720 Health Care Practical Interpreting I. The course content will address interpreting for surgery, end of life care, pediatrics, and cancer inpatient and outpatient settings. It will also advance students’ ability to facilitate group supervision based on DC-S constructs. Using reflective practice techniques already employed and demonstrated in the program’s courses, students will be expected to emulate similar techniques with their colleagues. Case presentation and case analysis of actual interpreting assignments will form the basis for the course material and activities. Students will be expected to identify and articulate the unique contextual factors of the case (the demands of the job), the decisions made by the interpreting in the case, and discuss all ethical attributes of these demand-control pairings. Students will also be expected to use DC-S constructs to restructure the dialogue that emerges from case analysis discussions. Students will be further reinforcing and integrating the Human Body Systems course content in their analyses of medical interpreted cases. English to ASL/ASL to English skill development activities will be employed.