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About CATIE

In 2021, the CATIE Center was awarded a U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration grant to increase the number of working interpreters who are trained and qualified to interpret in healthcare settings, reducing the gaps in equity in healthcare communication for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind, individuals.

This site is maintained by the CATIE Center, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, grant #H160D210004. Although the contents were developed under a grant from the Department of Education, these contents do not necessarily represent the policies of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

For more information about St. Catherine University CATIE Center, visit the CATIE Center website at stkate.edu/catie

Project Staff

LaTanya E. Jones

LaTanya E. Jones

MSM, NIC, Principal Investigator/Project Director

LaTanya is an interpreter with thirteen years of interpreting experience. She has worked in a plethora of professional and video relay settings but specializes in healthcare interpreting. LaTanya is also an adjunct professor at both the Community College of Philadelphia and the University of Southern Maine.

A staunch, lifelong advocate for education, LaTanya earned an Associate in Applied Science in American Sign Language/English interpreting from the Community College of Philadelphia, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Fox School of Business at Temple University; continued her studies in ASL linguistics at Gallaudet University, and earned a Master of Science in Management from Rosemont College. Currently, LaTanya is a graduate student at Widener University pursuing an MSW and an MEd in Human Sexuality in a dual degree program.

LaTanya enjoys giving back by volunteering her time and talents. LaTanya is an Ex-Officio for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), served as the Region I Representative for RID, and serves as the Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Registry Interpreters for the Deaf.

LaTanya enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends in her free time.

Paula MacDonald

Paula MacDonald

M.S, NIC, QMHI, Instructional Designer/Assistant Director

Paula MacDonald, M.S, NIC, QMHI is a reflective English/ASL Interpreter practitioner specializing in; Deaf Professional/Designating Interpreting, legislative, government, conference, mental health and DeafBlind (ProTactile, Tactile and Low Vision) settings since 2009. She holds a Certificate in Deaf Studies, an A.A.S. in English/ASL Interpreting and Transliteration, B.A. in Multicultural Interpreting and a M.S. in Interpreting Pedagogy-completing her teaching practicum at Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria. Since 2013, she has worked as an instructional designer and online educator using a variety of learning management systems. She intentionally applies evidence-based best practices to culturally relevant pedagogical, andragogical, and heutagogical curricula design for adult and non-traditional learners.

Anaya Mitra

Anaya Mitra

MPH, Ph.D., Evaluator

Anaya is associate professor of psychology at St. Catherine University. Her area of specialization is biological psychology and she received her doctorate from the University of Florida. Her doctoral work examined the impact of maternal obesity on fetal development, using a rodent model. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Florida. Her master’s thesis examined smoking cessation outcomes at the local public health department, following dissemination of information regarding the adverse effects of smoking on one’s health and on one’s wallet. Following her doctoral work, she did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. She has been on the faculty at St. Catherine University since 2011, and she joined the CATIE Center in 2017. Anaya’s research interests include neural regulation of energy intake and expenditure and understanding the sociocultural and environmental factors which influence food intake and physical activity. She is also interested in, and learning more about, factors which influence maternal health, especially as they pertain to malnutrition, obesity, and infertility.

Andrea Olson

Andrea Olson

Ph.D., Evaluator

Andrea is professor of psychology at St. Catherine University and an evaluator for the CATIE Center. Her specialty is industrial/organizational psychology and she earned her master’s degree and doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota. Andrea joined St. Catherine University in 2001 and has worked with the CATIE Center since 2005. Prior to joining St. Kate’s, Andrea worked at a survey research organization and management consulting firms. At St. Kate’s, she teaches industrial/organizational psychology, statistics, and research methods. She serves on the University Institutional Review Board and she served as Chair of the Psychology Department for five years. Her research interests include team member performance, job performance, and work/life/school balance of college students. She is also interested in cross-disciplinary topics, including understanding the work of healthcare interpreters and designated healthcare interpreters.

Taryn Philippi

Taryn Philippi

MSW, LGSW, Program Specialist

Taryn works as a program specialist for the CATIE Center’s Project Level Up grant. She graduated from Gallaudet University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Taryn is a LGSW (Licensed Graduate Social Worker) and obtained her Master of Social Work degree at St. Catherine University in 2022. Taryn has 5+ years of experience working in the mental health field serving Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing. She is happy to be a part of the CATIE Center team and its mission to diversify and increase the number of qualified healthcare interpreters.

Laurie Swabey

Laurie Swabey

Ph.D., Executive Director

Dr. Swabey is a Professor of Interpreting and Executive Director of the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University. Her doctorate is in linguistics from the University of Minnesota. Her current research interests include interpreting in the healthcare context and interpreting pedagogy. Dr. Swabey’s research has been published in several journals, most recently in Sign Language Studies (2017); International Journal of Research and Practice in Interpreting (2016); Journal of Interpreting (2016); International Journal of Interpreter Education (2016, 2015); Journal of Healthcare Quality (2016); and the International Journal of Translation and Interpreting (2014). Dr. Swabey is also the co-editor of two books: Advances in Interpreting Research (Benjamins, 2011) and Educating Healthcare Interpreters (Gallaudet University Press, 2012). She has served as an advisor to the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, as well as on the board of directors for Conference of Interpreter Trainers and American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association. Dr. Swabey’s most recent national and international conference presentations include Critical Link in Edinburgh, Scotland (2016); the 6th International Conference on Public Service Interpreting and Translating in Madrid, Spain (2017); and the International Symposium on Signed Language Interpreting Research in Washington, DC (2017).

Endings and Beginnings

The Behavioral Health Interpreting project ended December 31, 2021.

More information about Project Level Up, a new project from the CATIE Center, is coming soon!

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