Ila Parasnis' teaching and research in the field of deaf education involve: 1) the implications of cultural diversity for deaf education and teacher-training programs, 2) the effective use of technology and online learning in deaf education, 3) understanding visual cognitive skills and control of visual attention in deaf people, and 4) the assessment of learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders in deaf people. She has published extensively and presented her work at numerous national and international conferences. She is the editor of the book Cultural and Language Diversity and the Deaf Experience (Cambridge University Press, 1996, 1998), the guest editor of the 1997 reference issue of the American Annals of the Deaf on Cultural Identity and Diversity in Deaf Education, and has published Attention Deficit Scales for Adults: Sign Language Version (ADSA-SLV), which is the first sign language-based computerized ADHD screening test for deaf and hard of hearing adults (Parasnis, Berent, Samar, Triolo, & Murphy, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2008).
Parasnis holds a Ph.D. In psychology from the University of Rochester, M.A. In psychology from the University of Rochester, M.A. in psychology from Nagpur University, B.A. in journalism from Nagpur University, and B.A. in psychology, English literature, and Sanskrit from Nagpur University.