Executive Team

Thomas Allen
Gallaudet University

Thomas Allen is the VL2 Center Co-Principal Investigator, and he directs the Early Education Literacy Lab (EL2). He holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Education, where he teaches courses in statistics and research design. He also serves as the Program Director of the Gallaudet Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Educational Neuroscience.  He directs the Early Education Literacy Lab, one of three national resource hubs for VL2 focusing on research among young deaf children conducted in authentic settings. Previously, Dr. Allen served as Dean of the Graduate School at Gallaudet. Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Allen was the Director of the Gallaudet Research Institute, where he conducted or supervised many large-scale statistical studies of the deaf population in the United States. These included an annual survey of deaf and hard of hearing children and youth and two national efforts to develop norms for standardized achievement tests for the population of deaf and hard of hearing students. He designed and conducted studies of national patterns of classroom communication strategies for deaf and hard of hearing students, and a longitudinal study of school to work transition for students who are deaf. As the Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Allen implemented Ph.D. programs in Linguistics and Audiology, an Au.D. professional doctorate in Audiology, a Masters of Arts in Teaching that focuses on preparing teachers to work in bilingual ASL-English environments, a Master of Arts degree in International Development, and a Master of Arts degree in Deaf Studies.