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Ms. Teresa Lynch
Assistant Professor, C.L.C.S.
Assistant Professor, Centre for Deaf Studies


Teresa is an Assistant Professor (part-time) at the Centre for Deaf Studies where she teaches courses on Irish Sign Language and interpreting. holds an MSc in Deafhood Studies (University of Bristol), a Diploma in ISL Teaching (TCD) & a Community Management Diploma (NCI). She currently serves as the chairperson of the National Deaf Women of Ireland. She has served on several committees: She was the (first female) chairperson of the Irish Deaf Society (1990-2) and was a Director of SLIS - the government funded Sign Language Interpreting Service. Teresa has presented on Deafhood, Irish Sign Language, issues relating to deaf women, and interpreting in many domains. Teresa is a practicing interpreter, who has also worked with external bodies that hire interpreters/translators (e.g. RTE). She is a member of the Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters (CISLI) and is a founder member of The Council of Irish Sign Language Teachers (CISLT), established in 2018.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Justisigns: Developing research-based training resources on sign language interpreting in police settings in Europe. in, editor(s)Brunson, Jeremy L. , Teaching legal interpreting, Washington DC, Gallaudet University Press, 2021, [Napier, Jemina; Skinner, Robert; Turner, G. H.;Leeson, Lorraine; Lynch, Teresa; Sheikh, Haaris; Vermeerbergen, Myriam; Salaets, Heidi; Doggen, Carolien; Haug, Tobias; Bucher, B.; Diaz, B.; Berger, M.; Krähenbühl, M. ] Book Chapter, 2021 URL

Access to Justice for deaf signers: the Justisigns Project in, editor(s)Goedele A.M. De Clerk , UNCRPD Implementation in Europe - a deaf perspective: Article 9: Access to information and communication, Brussels, European Union of the Deaf, 2021, [Leeson, Lorraine; Jemina Napier, Tobias Haug, Teresa Lynch, and Haaris Sheikh] Book Chapter, 2021 URL

Noel O'Connell and Teresa Lynch, Translating Deaf Culture: An Ethnodrama, Qualitative Journal SAGE Publications, 10.1177/1077800004, (9843945), 2019, p1 - 11 Journal Article, 2019 DOI DOI DOI DOI DOI

Lorraine Leeson, Haaris Sheikh, Myriam Vermeerbergen, Jemina Napier, Robert Skinner, Teresa Lynch, Tobias Haug, Heidi Salaets, Graham H. Turner, Future proofing access to justice for deaf sign language users in the European Union: Language and Policy Issues, International Congress of Linguists 20, Cape Town, South Africa, 2-6 July 2018, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Research with Deaf Sign Language Users: Action Research in Bilingual-Bimodal Legal Contexts in, Jim McKinley and Heath Rose , Doing Research in Applied Linguistics: Realities, Dilemmas and Solutions, London, Routledge, 2017, pp134 - 146, [Lorraine Leeson, Jemina Napier,, Robert Skinner, Teresa Lynch, Lucia Venturi and Haaris Sheikh] Book Chapter, 2017 URL

Leeson, Lorraine, Haaris Sheikh, Asim Sheikh, Lucia Venturi and Teresa Lynch, Stakeholders in Shaping Better Policy and Practice: An Irish Case Study, Critical Link 8, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, 29 June - 1 July 201, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016 URL

Leeson, Lorraine, Lucia Venturi, Teresa Lynch and Haaris Sheikh, Access to Justice for Deaf People in the EU, 5th Community Interpreting Conference, GEMS, University of Limerick, 20 May 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL

Lorraine Leeson, Lucia Venturi and Teresa Lynch , Justisigns: Toward Equality Before the Law for European Deaf People, NUI Cork, 26 May 2015, 2015, Dr. Gill Harold Invited Talk, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Lorraine Leeson and Teresa Lynch, Using Demand-Control Schema in Police Settings, 20-21 September 2014, In:Using Demand-Control Schema in Police Settings, 2014, Trinity College Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2014 URL

Lynch, Teresa, 'Irish Sign Language (ISL) information on domestic violence.', Women's Aid,, Women's Aid, 2014, - Translation, 2014 URL

Three Leaps of Faith and Four Giant Steps: Developing Interpreter Training in Ireland in, editor(s)Jemina Napier , Signed language interpreter education and training: A world survey, Washington DC, Gallaudet University Press, 2009, pp35 - 56, [Lorraine Leeson and Teresa Lynch] Book Chapter, 2009

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Lynch, Teresa, Deaf Peoples' Experiences of Working as Professional Interpeters in the Republic of Ireland, University of Bristol , 2015 Thesis, 2015