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Research Opportunity

Alice Brennan is currently completing her Master of Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University. Alice is seeking deaf participants for her research project, which aims to explore the life stories of young deaf adults reflecting back on their childhood experiences growing up with hearing parents. Alice is deaf herself with hearing parents and can communicate using both Spoken English and Auslan.

She has worked with deaf children for over six and half years and is passionate about improving services for deaf children. It is hoped that this study can help inform interventions for deaf children such as child and youth programs that address the social, emotional or educational needs of deaf children or specialised family or parenting programs.


She is seeking deaf young adults aged 18-30, who live in Melbourne or surrounding areas, who have a hearing loss of more the 40 decibels, can communicate using either Spoken English or Auslan, have hearing parent(s) or caregiver(s) and have no other disabilities.


Participation will involve attending a 60-90-minute interview, complete a demographic questionnaire and a questionnaire about your psychological well being. The questions asked in the interview will cover the following topics: family, early intervention experiences, primary and secondary school experiences, deaf identity and social, emotional and mental well being. Participants will also be asked their high, low and turning points of childhood and their advice for parents, professionals and support services.

Participation is voluntary, your identity will be confidential, and all responses will be reported in a way so that you remain anonymous.


If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact me me via email or text or face time 0422 459 802 or please contact the Chief Investigator, Dr Roslyn Galligan, via email or phone call on 03 9214 5345.


This project has been approved by or on behalf of Swinburne’s Human Research Ethics Committee (SUHREC) in line with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this project, you can contact: Research Ethics Officer, Swinburne Research (H68), Tel (03) 9214 5218 or +61 3 9214 5218 or