Program Personnel

Kathy Miraglia, MS, CSC, Program Coordinator and Instructor

Kathy Miraglia has more than 35 years of experience as an interpreter, manager, and educator in the field of sign language interpretation. She managed the Interpreter Services Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center for 23 years before joining the full-time faculty at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in fall 2009. Kathy teaches Introduction to Healthcare Interpreting and Introduction to Mental Health Interpreting as well as core curriculum courses in the ASL-English Interpretation bachelor's degree program. Kathy was the principal investigator on the national grant Speaking Together from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation aimed at developing best practices for Language Access Programs in hospitals across the United States She is also the Program Director for the newly created MS in Health Care Interpretation.

Kathy holds a master's degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Career and Human Resource Development and the Comprehensive Skills Certificate (CSC) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Contact Information:
Phone: (585) 475-5441

Robyn K. Dean, CI/CT, PhD

Robyn 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, 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 is currently on the teaching faculty as an assistant professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the department of ASL and Interpreter Education.

Robyn continues her research on ethics, decision-making, and moral development in community interpreting. Her doctoral dissertation examined the ethical discourse and justice reasoning abilities in sign language interpreters. Robyn completed her PhD in Translation and Interpreting from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland in June 2015. Her contributions to interpreter education was 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.

Scott R. Smith, MD, MPH, MD Consultant/Instructor

Dr. Scott Smith is a board-certified developmental-behavioral pediatrician who is profoundly deaf and uses sign language to communicate with others. He obtained his medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in 1996 and completed his residency in general pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Eastern North Carolina in 1999. He then moved to Boston, MA where he completed two post-doctoral fellowships in general academic pediatrics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. In 2004, Dr. Smith relocated to Rochester, NY to take a position as an attending behavioral pediatrician at the Behavioral Pediatrics Program at Rochester General Hospital where he evaluated and took care of many deaf and hearing children with variety of behavioral and developmental problems.

From a busy clinical practice at the Rochester General Hospital System, Dr. Smith joined the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the National Center for Deaf Health Research as a Preventive Cardiology Fellow in March 2009. During his fellowship, Dr. Smith prepared a K01 grant to study health knowledge and health literacy in young deaf people, which was successfully funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute beginning in July 2010. Dr. Smith was subsequently promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at URMC. In November 2015, Dr. Smith began a new position as a Research Associate Professor in the Office of the President at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.