Jody Cripps

Associate Professor, Deaf Studies


Contact Information

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Ph.D.: Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona
M.A.: Sign Language Studies, Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology, University of Arizona
B.A.: Sociology and Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University

Areas of Expertise

Reading process in deaf children
Language acquisition
Educational and signed language linguistics
Signed language pathology
Signed music

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Selected Publications 

Cripps, J. H. & Cooper, S. B. (2016). Signed language pathology. In G. Gertz & P. Boudreault (Eds.), The Deaf Studies encyclopedia, Vol 3 (pp. 878-880). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Cripps, J. H., Cooper, S. B., Austin, E. N. (2016). Emergency preparedness with people who sign: Toward the whole community approach. Journal of Emergency Management, 14(2), 101-111.

Cripps, J. H., Cooper, S. B., Supalla, S. J., & Evitts, P. M. (2016). Meeting the needs of signers in the field of speech-language pathology: Some considerations for action. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 37(2), 108-116.

Cripps, J. H., Rosenblum, E., & Small, A. (2016). Music: Signed. In G. Gertz & P. Boudreault (Eds.), The Deaf Studies encyclopedia, Vol. 2 (pp. 702-705)Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Cooper, S. B. & Cripps, J. H. (2015). Service-Learning: Deaf Studies in the community. In O. Delano-Oriaran, M. W. Penick-Parks, & S. Fondrie (Eds.), Service-Learning and civic engagement (pp. 287-294). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Murray, E., Cripps, J. H., Cooper, S. B., & Wynd, M. (2015). Internet access through American Sign Language: A pilot study of innovative web designs. Reinvention: an International Journal of Undergraduate Research, 8(1),

Supalla, S. J., McKee, C., & Cripps, J. H. (2014). An overview on the ASL-phabet. Tucson, AZ: The Gloss Institute Press.

Cripps, J. H. & Supalla, S. J. (2012). The power of spoken language in schools and deaf students who sign. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2(16), 86-102.

Selected Presentations

Cripps, J. H. (2016). Understanding signed music. Paper presented at “Leading by Example: Access and Equity in Maryland” – The Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Lecture Series, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (March 24, 2016).

Cripps, J. H., Rosenblum, E., Small, A., & Cripps, J. S. (2015). Signed music: An interperformative art. Paper presented at Society for American Sign Language 2015 Symposium, Towson University, Towson, MD (November 14, 2015).

Cripps, J. H., Fenicle, R., Sever-Hall, A., & Cooper, S. B. (2015). Inverted-type pedagogy for American Sign Language instruction: Two empirical studies. Paper presented at American Sign Language Teachers Association 2015 Conference, Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, Bloomington, MN (June 26, 2015).

Cooper, S. B., Cripps, J. H., & Featherstone, A. (2015). Examination of a campus American Sign Language residential community and its relationship with the Deaf Studies program. Paper presented at American Sign Language Teachers Association 2015 Conference, Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, Bloomington, MN (June 25, 2015).

Cripps, J. H. & Fenicle R. (2015). An Examination of Vocabulary Acquisition in American Sign Language Textbooks. Paper presented at Forging Linguistic Identities: Language in the Nation, the Region, & the World conference, Towson University, Towson, MD (March 14, 2015).

Small, A., Cripps, J. S., Rosenblum, E., & Cripps, J. H. (2015). Signed Music: Rhythm of the heart – Documentary presentation and forum discussion. Paper presented at Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Education, Knowledge Centre & the Institute for Sign Language & Deaf Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands (February 12, 2015).

Cripps, J. H. & Supalla, S. J. (2015). Print and American Sign Language. Symposium paper presented at Modern Language Association 2015 Convention, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (January 8, 2015).

Cripps, J. H. (2015). Orality and Literacy in American Sign Language. Paper presented at Modern Language Association 2015 Convention, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (January 8, 2015).

Cripps, J. H. (2013). Universal Design and the Whole Community: Uniting the Deaf Community with the Society. Paper presented at MDAD/PCRID 2013 Conference: Engaging Our Local Community, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia, MD (November 3, 2013). 

Cripps, J. H. & Cooper, S. B. (2013). Emergency and Safety Preparedness with Deaf People Who Sign. Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference 2013: Confronting Today’s Challenges, Laurel, MD (September 24, 2013).

Research Projects 

Signed Music -

ASL Vocabulary Acquisition – coming soon