About Us

Welcome to the mAClab!

We are the Gallaudet University Multimodality, Acquisition and Cognition (MAC) Lab, directed by Dr. Deanna Gagne. Our lab studies language acquisition and use across individuals with varied modality experiences, including visual (sign, gesture, written), tactile, and spoken/auditory.

Our Publications

Selected Publications

Our Team

Meet the MAClab Team

Deanna Gagne, PhD

Primary Investigator


Deanna Gagne, PhD: A headshot of Deanna looking into the camera with a slight smile, her hair down.

Hayley Broadway

Research Assistant


Hayley Broadway, M. Ed.: An action shot of Hayley outdoors in a three-way PT conversation, grinning.

Jessica Ennis, MA

Research Assistant

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Jessica Ennis, MA: An outdoor action shot of Jess mid- PT thought.

Kaj Kraus, MA

PhD Student

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Kaj Kraus, MA: A headshot of Kaj with a beard and slight smile, looking into the camera, his hair blowing in the wind.

Marjorie Bates, MA

PhD Student


Marjorie Bates, MA: A headshot of Marjorie smiling against a plain background.

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Our Lab

What We do...

We're more than just a research lab, we're inspiring the future of language!

Exploring Technology’s Role in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities
Collaborative Research for Improved Communication and Access
Educational Resources and Training for Deaf and Hard of Hearing