Information for Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HH) Persons

Dr. Fox's Deaf Introduction

I am hearing and born into a hearing family with an older Deaf sibling. I have been signing since early childhood. My allyship with the Deaf community has expanded, deepened, and changed throughout my life as I have served in many roles. I could carry on about the many things that I have learned in my various intersections in the Deaf community as a sign language teacher and interpreter, program developer, volunteer, mental health counselor, supervisor, friend, and a proud hearing Soda (sibling of a deaf adult).

Professional Experience and Deaf Communication Skills

I have been working with deaf, Deaf, and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) persons and their families since 2008, including psychotherapy, psychological testing, program development and evaluation, conference presentations, workshops, and forensic consultation. I conduct interviews and assessments with deaf individuals directly in sign language. I am skilled at communicating with deaf individuals whose sign language fluency is limited.

Pre and Post Doctoral Studies

I completed my pre-doctoral psychology internship with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Deaf Wellness Center. I remained with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) to complete my postdoctoral fellowship focusing on suicide prevention with D/HH communities.

Editorial and Journal Positions

My editorial and journal positions include being a member of the editorial board for American Annals of the Deaf and reviewer for Gallaudet University Press and Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. I have collaborative relationships with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a Rochester Institute of Technology college.

Intentional about accessibility

I am intentional about my value of prioritizing accessibility to mental health education, resources, and services with the Deaf community through genuine allyship that is open, challenging, and forgiving.

Video Introduction

You are invited to check out my video introduction to learn more about my services and my background at:

My Practice Policies & Procedures in American Sign Language (ASL)

For ease of access, you may review each of the videos directly or by selecting the video link from the list that follows.

D/HH Mental Health Resources

Deaf Wellness Center

The Deaf Wellness Center (DWC) is a program of the University of Rochester Medical Center, based in its Department of Psychiatry. The DWC staff engage in clinical services, teaching and research activities that pertain to mental health, healthcare, sign language interpreting, and other topics that affect the lives of people who are D/HH.

For more information, visit the Deaf Wellness Center website.

Deaf Crisis Text Line

Deaf persons text DEAF to 741741.

The Deaf Crisis Text line is a free, confidential, 24/7 text-messaging support line for people in crisis.

Substance and Addiction Intervention Services for the Deaf (SAISD)

SAISD provides drug addition information, education, prevention, intervention and referral services to the D/HH community residing in the Greater Rochester area of New York State as well as to the students at National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).

For more information, visit the SAISD website.

National Deaf Therapy

NDT is a national web-based mental health platform fully dedicated to serving the deaf, deaf and blind, deaf and disabled and hard-of-hearing communities with a nationwide network of deaf therapists.

For more information, visit the National Deaf Therapy website.

Deaf Counseling Center

Deaf Counseling Center is a Deaf-owned and operated therapy, counseling, coaching, assessments and psychiatric and consulting practice staffed by Deaf licensed professional therapists. They aim to offer national Deaf therapy services.

For more information, visit the Deaf Counseling Center website.



The American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA) is a national organization that brings together professionals from vocational rehabilitation, mental health, chemical health, education, interpreting, and related fields to share best practices in working with individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind to address policy and program concerns, and to network. Our goal is to improve the lives of those we serve while growing professionally.


We are the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves thousands of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing healthcare professionals and students worldwide. Since 2000, we have connected deaf and hard of hearing healthcare professionals around the world and provided support in the form of advocacy and mentorship.

National Assoc. of the Deaf

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

National Alliance on Mental Illness | ROCHESTER

NAMI Rochester is an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Together, we can advocate for better lives for those individuals who have a mental illness, and we offer our support, education and advocacy as we do so.

Janessa Fleming Memorial Fund

The Janessa Fleming Memorial Fund's goal is to continue to carry on that loving and caring spirit that made Janessa so easy to love.

Contact Me Today!

I invite you to contact me to learn more about my services with D/HH persons and their families.