Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity


ASL & Interpreting

First Advisor

Erica Alley


ASL and Interpreting


There is currently a need for further research in the interpreting field for working in support group settings for mental health and addiction recovery. This gap in the research leaves many unanswered questions of how best to provide services to deaf consumers in these settings. By gathering information on the experiences of both interpreters and deaf consumers who have been in support groups, this research will identify issues that may need to be addressed in order to improve the interpretation process. This research will be the groundwork for future research to identify effective training and skill development that is needed for interpreters to be ready to enter the field of interpreting support groups. The methodology used in this research will be grounded theory which will analyze both questionnaires and interviews to find common themes amongst the study’s participants.