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Susan Easterbrooks

Regents' Professor    Program Coordinator, Deaf Education Program    

Deaf education
Language acquisition
Literacy acquisition


Susan Easterbrooks is a Regents’ Professor of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders, has taught in local and residential schools and has been an advocate for deaf/hard-of-hearing in many venues. She has taught university students for over 30 years and has served on many national committees. She has written several textbooks used in preparation of teachers of the deaf and many articles and chapters.

Susan Easterbrooks’ research interests are in the areas of language and literacy development in deaf learners and how teachers should teach this to deaf learners. At present, she is the co-principal investigator on the national research and dissemination Center on Literacy and Deafness (CLAD).


Easterbrooks, S., Lederberg, A., Antia, S., Schick, B., and Kushalnagar, P., Branum-Martin, L., & Webb, M. (2015). “Reading among diverse DHH learners: What, how, and for whom?” American Annals of the Deaf, 159(5), 419-432.

Lederberg, A.R., Miller, E.M., Easterbrooks, S.R., and Connor, C.M. (2014). “Foundations for literacy: An early literacy intervention for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.” Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 19(4), 438-455.

Trussell, J.W., and Easterbrooks, S.R. (2014). “The effect of enhanced storybook interaction on the vocabulary of young deaf/hard of hearing children who use sign language.” Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 19(3), 319-332. doi: 10.1093/deafed/ent055

Easterbrooks, S., and Beal-Alvarez, J. (2013). “Literacy acquisition in students who are deaf and hard of hearing.” A book in the Oxford University Press Series, Professional Perspectives on Deafness: Evidence and Applications. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Easterbrooks, S.R. (2013). “American Sign Language and Deaf culture: Their rightful place in university curricula.” NECTFL Journal, 71, 37-54.