Robyn Dean

Robyn Dean

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland,Translation & Interpreting Studies, 2015
  • M.A., Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Theological Studies, 2006
  • B.A., Maryville College, Maryville, TN, Sign Language Interpreting, 1990

Robyn K. Dean has been an interpreter for over 25 years, with particular service experience in medical and mental health settings. She conducts workshops internationally on the topics of ethics, reflective practice, and work effectiveness, with particular emphases on healthcare interpreting and professional development. Robyn’s demand control schema has been the topic of numerous presentations, publications, grant projects, and most recently a textbook, which is being used in interpreter education programs across the globe.

Robyn continues her research on ethics, decision-making, and moral development in community interpreting. Her contributions to interpreter education were recognized in 2008 with the Mary Stotler Award, an award conferred every two years, conjointly, by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Conference of Interpreter Trainers.

Robyn is due to complete her PhD from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June 2015. Her dissertation examines the ethical discourse and justice reasoning abilities in sign language interpreters.

Robyn’s work has brought her to over eight countries. She enjoys traveling and meeting interpreters from all over the world.


Interpreting in medical and mental health settings; theoretical and practical approaches to ethics and decision-making in community interpreting; supervision and reflective practice in community interpreting; demand control schema (co-creator)


Certificate of Interpretation and Certificate of Transliteration from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

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