Brenda Seal


Washington, D.C


She was the first nationally certified speech-language pathologist (SLP). She began teaching in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at James Madison University in 1975; Dr. Seal also earned her interpreter’s certification (CSC) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., in 1975. She joined the faculty at Gallaudet University as a Professor in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) in 2009 where she also serves as the Program Director. Dr. Seal’s research interests include Baby Signing, infant sign perception, language acquisition of infants born in poverty, childhood speechreading and fingerspelling, adult speechreading and fingerspelling. She is author of several peer-reviewed publications, including Best Practices in Educational Interpreting (2nd Ed.)