Dr. Kushalnagar is a health psychologist and research associate professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the RIT. She is the principal investigator of grants funded by the National Institute of Health that total approximately $2M. These grants support studies aligned with her primary research interests in: (1) generic- and deaf/hh-specific quality of life outcomes; (2) adaptation and standardization of PROMIS-Deaf profile for deaf/hh adults; (3) trends of Internet usage for cancer health-related purposes; (4) applied interventions to improve patient reported outcomes among deaf/hh people across the lifespan. In addition to directing Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life center, Dr. Kushalnagar serves as a research mentor for undergraduate and graduate students in biobehavioral and education fields.
Dr. Kushalnagar received her B.A. in Psychology at Gallaudet University; M.A. in Psychology at the University of Houston; and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Houston. Prior to joining RIT, she completed a NIH diversity postdoctoral training in patient reported outcomes research at the Seattle Quality of Life Center at University of Washington and a NIH T32 postdoctoral fellowship in preventive medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.