Farha Najah Hussain (she/her), MScA, SLP, is a Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student. Dr. Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT, and Dr. María Rosa Brea, PhD, CCC-SLP, are her advisors. Prior to beginning full-time studies at NYU, Farha was a clinician in a public rehabilitation center in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), primarily working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) youth and young adults.
Farha’s research interests include critical reflexivity informed by social justice; communication, language, and disability justice; and innovative interdisciplinary approaches combining arts-based research as it relates to confronting intersectional power imbalances and working towards meaningful connection. Her critical lens is especially informed by critical race feminism, particularly as articulated by Black feminist scholarship (e.g., Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Kimberlé Crenshaw).
Farha’s successful candidacy paper was a scoping review entitled, Confronting Pathology: In search of a Critical Landscape and Social Justice within the Field of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) (manuscript revisions under review). Conducted in collaboration with Dr. Lilly Padía, Dr. María Rosa Brea, and Dr. Nisha Sajnani, it was presented at NYU’s Steinhardt School’s Research and Scholarship Annual Showcase (Spring 2022), NYU Steinhardt’s Center of Health and Rehabilitation Research Showcase (Spring 2022), and the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) Annual Meeting (Summer 2023).
Farha received two Steinhardt PhD Research & Travel Grants: one that allowed her to conduct an independent pilot study at Gallaudet University, Washington D.C. in 2022 for her arts-based research with DHH young adults who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and one that supported her travel to the 2023 ISLS Annual Meeting.
Farha has been humbled by, and continues to learn from, the activism of DHH people, communities, and movements, including advocating for sign-spoken language interpreters when Deaf and hearing people come together. It is for this reason that Farha sought funding for American Sign Language-English interpreters for her study and was recently awarded a Diversity Innovation Grant from the Office of Diversity, Equity, Belonging at NYU Steinhardt for her dissertation study, Learning from Young Deaf/Hard of Hearing Black Adults, Indigenous Adults, and/or Adults of Color (YA DHH RBIPoC)’s Interactions with Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) through Arts-Based Research.
Farha teaches a course on Culturally Responsive Practice in the CSD department at NYU Steinhardt. She has held research appointments at Université de Montréal - École de travail social and at Université de Montréal - École d’orthophonie et d’audiologie, and is/has been a guest lecturer and clinical educator at McGill University’s School of Communication Sciences Disorders.
Farha speaks Urdu, English, and French, and has basic skills in American Sign Language (ASL).