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Deanna Gagne

 

Department of Psychological Sciences                                      Cell      +1 602 710-5930

University of Connecticut                                                             Fax     +1 860 486-2760

406 Babbidge Road                                                                        Skype     deannalgagne

Unit 1020                                                                                         Email     deanna.gagne@uconn.edu

http://psych.uconn.edu/graduate-students/deanna-gagne/

http://deanna-gagne.grad.uconn.edu

 

 

2012 – Present

Graduate Fellow, Department of Psychological Sciences (Developmental Division), Cognitive sciences and Neurobiology of Language, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

 

Education

University of Connecticut, Storrs, Ct.

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, 2017; M.A., Developmental Psychology, 2015

Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

B.S., ASL-English Interpreting, 2000; Minors in Psychology and Linguistics

 

Research Areas: Language acquisition; Language emergence and change; Cognition and language, Homesign; Semantics; Sign Language; Cognitive development; Sign language, gesture, and modality issues

 

Competitive Grant Awards

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012-2017
  • National Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Traineeship in the Neurobiology of Language, University of Connecticut, 2013-2017

 

Languages     Native: English and American Sign Language; native conversational in written and spoken Spanish; conversational in Nicaraguan Sign Language and homesign gesture systems.

 

Research Positions

University of Connecticut, Department of Psychological Sciences

2012 – 2017    Doctoral research    Advisor: Dr. Marie Coppola

2010 – 2012    Lab Manager with Dr. Marie Coppola, Language Creation Lab

 

 

Published Articles

Gagne, D. & Coppola, M. (accepted). Visible social interactions do not support the development of False Belief understanding in the absence of linguistic input: Evidence from deaf adult homesigners. Frontiers in Psychology. 8:837. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00837

 

Manuscripts Submitted and in Preparation

Gagne, D., Matsuoka, K., Yano, U., Conti, J., Durkin, A., & Davidson, K. (under revision). A gestural basis for the use of height to convey set size in sign languages. Gesture.

Davidson, K., & Gagne, D., (under revision). “More is Up” pragmatic intuitions are grammaticalized in American Sign Language as overt contextual domain restrictions. Semantics and Pragmatics.

Gagne, D., Senghas, A., & Coppola, M. (in preparation). Peer interaction is necessary for full conventionalization of space in an emerging language: Evidence from hearing children of Nicaraguan signers.

Gagne, D., Coppola, M. (in preparation). A critical view of children of deaf parents as heritage language speakers: benefits and considerations.

 

Published Conference Proceedings

Gagne, D. and M. Coppola. (2014). Disentangling language and education effects on False Belief understanding: Evidence From Homesigners, Signers, and Unschooled Spanish Speakers. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2246-2251). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. https://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2014/papers/391/paper391.pdf

Coppola, M., D. Gagne, and A. Senghas. (2013). WHO chased the bird? Narrative cohesion in Nicaraguan signing. Linguistic Society of America Extended Abstracts. Published online at eLanguage.net. http://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/lsa-2013-annual-meeting-extended-abstracts

 

Invited Talks: Scholarly

Gagne, D. (2016). The contribution of peer interactions on the emergence of space in an emerging language. Department of Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Gagne, D. (2016). Homesigners’ False Belief Understanding: considerations of language, education and executive functioning. Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT, Cambridge, MA.

 

Invited Talks: Public Engagement

Gagne, D., (2017). A look at the history of Nicaraguan Sign Language and its newest contributors: issues of peer interaction and language acquisition. Graduate seminar in Deaf Education, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Gagne, D., (2016). Children of Nicaraguan Signers: the contribution of heritage signers to an emerging language. Children of Deaf Adults annual conference panel of researchers, Austin, TX.

Coppola, M. and D. Gagne. (2015). Early language: Creating an optimal foundation for deaf children’s development. Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Annual Coffee Hour, State House, Providence, RI.

Coppola, M. and D. Gagne. (2015). Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Rhode Island School for the Deaf, Providence, RI.

Coppola, M. and D. Gagne. (2013). Manos Unidas: Facing challenges to language access and education for deaf Nicaraguans. Graduate seminar in Program Evaluation, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

 

Presentations at Conferences

Papers:

Gagne, D., Coppola, M., Shusterman, A. (January 2016). Disentangling Language and Education Effects on False Belief Understanding: Evidence From Homesigners, Signers, and Unschooled Spanish Speakers. Talk presented at the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Pyers, J. E., Gagne, D., Senghas, A., Coppola, M. (January 2016). Leveraging First-Hand Experience to Assess Theory of Mind Development  in Deaf Populations with Limited Sign Language Ability. Talk presented at the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Coppola, M., GagneD., Miranda, E. (November 2015). The development of narrative structure in an emerging sign language: An episode analysis. Talk presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.

Davidson, K., Gagne, D. (January 2015). Context made visible: Evidence from ASL for domain arguments in quantified noun phrases. Talk presented at Linguistic Society of America conference, Portland, OR.

Davidson, K., Gagne, D. (October 2014). Context made visible: On the structure of quantified noun phrases. Talk presented at North East Linguistic Society conference, Boston, MA.

Gagne, D., Coppola, M. (July 2014). Numerical Cognition with inadequate linguistic input: Explaining (and improving) deaf children’s poor mathematical performance. Talk presented at a special seminar of number cognition at the Cognitive Science Society conference, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Gagne, D., Coppola, M. (September 2013). Modality Effects in Developmental Psychology: An interdisciplinary approach yields new integrative insights. Poster presented at the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology, Bridgeport, CT.

Coppola M., Gagne, D. (April 2013). Explaining (and improving!) deaf children’s poor mathematical performance: Combining perspectives from cognitive psychology, language, and education research. Talk presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) preconference session on the Development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, Seattle, WA.

Coppola M., Gagne, D., & Senghas, A. (January 2013). Narrative cohesion and linguistic devices in an emerging language. Talk presented at the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) annual meeting, Boston, MA.

Coppola M., Gagne, D., & Senghas, A. (November 2012). WHO chased the bird? Narrative cohesion in an emerging language. Talk presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), Boston MA.

Posters (refereed):

Gagne, D., Davidson, K. (January 2016). Overt domain information in American Sign Language reveals gestural origins and sheds light on semantic-syntactic structures cross modally. Poster presented at the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research conference, Melbourne, Australia.

GagneD., Senghas, A., Coppola, M. (November 2015). A language model is not sufficient to promote conventionalization of space in an emerging sign language. Poster presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.*

* Poster selected as an alternate talk.

Gagne, D., Coppola, M. (July 2014). Disentangling Language and Education Effects on False Belief Understanding: Evidence From Homesigners, Signers, and Unschooled Spanish Speakers. Poster presented at the Cognitive Science Society conference, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Gagne, D., Coppola, M. (June 2014). Disentangling Language and Education Effects on False Belief Understanding: Evidence From Homesigners, Signers, and Unschooled Spanish Speakers. Poster presented at the Finding Common Ground Conference, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Davidson, K., Gagne, D. (January 2014). Vertical representation of quantificational domains. Poster presented at Linguistic Society of America conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Gagne, D., Coppola, M. (September 2013). Modality Effects in Developmental Psychology: An interdisciplinary approach yields new integrative insights. Poster presented at the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology, Bridgeport, CT.

Davidson, K., Gagne, D. (September 2013). Vertical representation of quantificational domains. Poster presented at Sinn und Bedeutung conference, Basque Country, Spain.

Coppola M., Gagne, D., & Senghas, A. (July 2013). Stories don’t get better with age:  Maturation and life experience do not drive narrative structure in emerging languages. Poster presented at Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR) conference, London, England, U.K.

Coppola M., Gagne, D., & Senghas, A. (April 2013). WHO chased the bird? Narrative cohesion emerges with language complexity. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Posters (non-refereed):

O’Neill, T., Gagne, D., & Coppola, M. (2017). Heritage Signers of Nicaragua: an ethnographic analysis. Poster presented at Frontiers in Undergraduate Research, Storrs, CT.

Montalvo, K., Gagne, D., & Coppola, M. (2016). The importance of peer interaction on Deaf children’s development. Poster presented at Frontiers in Undergraduate Research, Storrs, CT.

Miranda, E., Gagne, D., Coppola, M. (April 2014) The development of Narrative Structure in an Emerging Sign Language: An episode analysis. Poster presented at the annual Language Fest at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Gagne, D. & M. Coppola. (April 2014) Disentangling language and education effects on False Belief understanding: Evidence from homesigners, signers, and unschooled Spanish speakers. Poster presented at Finding Common Ground: Social, Ecological, and Cognitive Perspectives on Language Use, Storrs, CT.

Coppola, M. & Gagne, D. (April 2013) Stories don’t get better with age: Maturation and life experience do not drive narrative structure in emerging languages.
 Poster presented at the annual Language Fest at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Gagne, D., Coppola, M., & Senghas, A. (April 2012). WHO chased the bird? Narrative cohesion in an emerging language. Poster presented at the annual Language Fest at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Teaching: University of Connecticut

Spring 2017:    PSYC 2400: Developmental Psychology

2014 – 2017:   Co-Initiated and led Theory of Mind reading and discussion group

 

Teaching: Other Institutions

Phoenix Community College

Spring 2010:    Simultaneous ASL- English Interpreting

Fall 2009:        Consecutive ASL-English Interpreting

Northeastern University, ASL-English Interpreting

Fall 2007:        Interpreting Expository Texts

Spring 2007:    Interpreting Practicum & Ethical Business Practices

Fall 2006:        Interpreting Inquiry Texts

Spring 2006:    Interpreting Practicum & Ethical Business Practices

Spring 2005:    Interpreting Practicum & Ethical Business Practices

 

Guest Lectures:           Language and Culture (UConn) 2017; Developmental Psychology (UConn) 2017; ASL Structure (Boston University), 2016

 

Service

University of Connecticut IRB graduate representative: January 2016 – April 2017

Mentorship and supervision of undergraduate research assistants: Eli Miranda, January 2013 – May 2015; Karianna Montalvo, September 2015 – July 2016; Therese O’Neill & Jamie Conti, September 2016 – present, Samantha Richards, January 2017 – present

Manos Unidas consulting board member, October 2014 – present

IGERT Events committee, July 2013 – present

Visiting Student and Faculty guide, September 2013 – present

IGERT Outreach committee, September 2015 – January 2016

SignFest Conference organizer, Fall 2014

Student Volunteer, Linguistic Society of America Conference, January 2013

Latino Student Leadership Conference committee member: 2006 – 2007

New England Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) retreat organizer: 2004

 

Professional Certifications

National Interpreter Certificate- Advanced, 2009

Certificate of Transliteration from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, 2006

Certificate of Interpretation from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, 2002