PEN Faculty and Students

Diana Andriola
Gallaudet University

Diana Andriola is a third-year Ph.D. student in Educational Neuroscience at Gallaudet University under the advisement of Dr. Clifton Langdon.  

Prior to Andriola's doctoral work at Gallaudet, she earned her B.A. in Deaf Studies from California State University-Northridge, where she began to explore her research interests in second-language acquisition and literacy development in deaf children. Andriola has been a research assistant in BL2 since fall 2013. During her assistantship, Andriola received certification in functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS).

Andriola's doctoral research investigates the relationship between sign language proficiency and reading development in deaf children and adults, specifically focusing on how phonological awareness for signed and spoken languages contributes to skilled reading. Diana is also passionate about science outreach and involving high school students — including minority, deaf, and female students — in the sciences.

Primary Advisor: Dr. Clifton Langdon Secondary Advisor: Dr. Gaurav Mathur