The primary goal of Matt Hall’s research program is to maximize the developmental potential of all d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) children. To that end, he applies knowledge from cognitive/developmental psychology and linguistics to questions that concern DHH children, their families, the professionals who serve them, and other stakeholders. Given the very strong and often contradictory claims that are prevalent in both research and practice, he is committed to increasing the quality of the empirical evidence so that clinicians and families can make better-informed decisions toward the shared goal of promoting the long-term and holistic well-being of DHH children. He also maintains a secondary line of research that explores the interplay of cognitive and communicative pressures in shaping the structures that new human languages take as they begin to emerge. This research uses experimental semiotics to evaluate theories generated on the basis of observational fieldwork on homesign systems and young/emerging sign languages.
- PhD, Cognitive Psychology, University of California, San Diego
- MA, Cognitive Psychology, University of California, San Diego
- BA, Brain & Cognitive Sciences and American Sign Language, University of Rochester