- Brenda Schick studies the development of spoken and sign language and its relationship to cognition in deaf and hard-of-hearing DHH children. Currently, she conducts research in a national Center for Literacy in the Deaf, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. She has conducted research on the relationship between language development and Theory of Mind and literacy in children with a hearing loss. Each grant required data collection across the nation and the development of language assessment tools for ASL. She has served as the school board president for an ASL/English school for DHH children (that has agreed to serve as a site), and is a former teacher of the deaf in an oral school. She grew up in a culturally deaf family, is fluent in ASL and is a former certified interpreter of the deaf.