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Carrie Lou Garberoglio, PhD

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As a deaf person who grew up in the deaf community, Dr. Carrie Lou Garberoglio’s professional expertise is steeped in her lived experience.

A nationally-recognized educational researcher, she is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at UT Austin. She also directs the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes and is the principal investigator for the federally funded grant. Working in tandem with Associate Director Tia Ivanko, MA, NIC, to manage the organization, Dr. Garberoglio oversees the center’s research, community and government engagement, and outreach initiatives.

Her motivation for her work is deeply personal, and largely driven by the desire to center deaf people in decision-making that makes an impact on everyday lives. Dr. Garberoglio’s work seeks to counter commonly held narratives about deaf people that are built on a deficit perspective. She advocates for examining the deficits within systems, then changing the systems — not the people.

In her work, Dr. Garberoglio strives to reach a more nuanced understanding of the development of deaf people throughout the life cycle, particularly in the adolescent and young adult period, and how that development is significantly affected by psychosocial factors and systemic barriers. She seeks to provide the field with current and accurate data about deaf people that places outcome data within appropriate contexts, through secondary analyses of large-scale federal datasets.

Her research into the critical transition period after high school for deaf people is also the topic of Shifting the Dialog, Shifting the Culture: Pathways to Successful Postsecondary Outcomes for Deaf Individuals, the critically acclaimed book Dr. Garberoglio co-authored in 2017 with NDC Founding Director Stephanie W. Cawthon, PhD. They also co-authored Research in Deaf Education: Contexts, Challenges and Considerations in 2017 to increase research rigor in work that involves deaf communities.

As an early-career deaf scholar, she is part of the current movement of deaf academics who are stepping up to take the mic, demanding a seat at the table, and forging new paths through academia.

Dr. Garberoglio has authored over 25 scholarly publications and numerous technical and evaluation reports, and presents regularly at conferences. She is committed to increasing the accessibility of research for deaf audiences, using American Sign Language (ASL) to translate and disseminate complex academic content. She also teaches research methods and statistics coursework at the University of Northern Colorado.

As a child of deaf parents who were also educators in the deaf education system, Dr. Garberoglio’s first language was ASL, and dinner conversations revolved around teaching and school systems. She attended one of the largest state schools for the deaf in the nation. She was also mainstreamed for part of the school day from 3rd to 9th grade, where she used ASL interpreters and navigated systems that were not fully accessible in terms of social interactions — an unfortunately common experience for many deaf students in mainstream U.S. schools.

Dr. Garberoglio earned two master’s degrees, the first in Deaf Education and Deaf Studies from Lamar University, and the second in Program Evaluation from The University of Texas at Austin. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin.

An avid gardener and home cook, Carrie Lou lives in Austin and enjoys reading, camping, and traveling with her two daughters and partner Lizzie.

Current Affiliations and Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Practice | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin

  • Project Manager | Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin

  • Instructor | Department of ASL & Interpreting Studies at the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado

  • Evaluator | Deaf STEM Community Alliance

  • Associate Editor | Journal of American Sign Language and Literature

  • Review Board Member | Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education