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Robert Cresson Nutt

Adjunct Associate in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences

Research Interests

Dr. Nutt’s academic and clinical interests are anchored in his passion to improve our understanding of the interactions between deafness and developmental disabilities. His research interests have included health disparities and underserved populations, child and family health, and program development and evaluation. Dr. Nutt has served on research advisory committees for T23 and R01 funded research on health literacy, maternal and child health disparities, as well as the impact of hearing loss on child social, psychological, and linguistic development. He has served as a consultant on numerous task forces and committees to optimize the pediatric provider’s role in caring for children with chronic health conditions in the Primary Care Medical Home. Dr. Nutt has worked with numerous organizations to improve the experience of patients and their families after receiving a new diagnosis of hearing loss, as well as to appreciate the psychosocial impact of having a child or sibling with a chronic health condition. Through this work, he has engaged in larger conversations relating to health disparities in underserved or socially vulnerable populations. He has been invited to share his experience as a Developmental and Behavioral pediatrician, and has contributed significantly through workshops and conferences on the topic of diagnosing autism spectrum disorder in children who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Technology has been an ubiquitous element of finding solutions to complex problems, and Rob has worked with several engineering teams in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rochester to finding solutions to complex situations. Rob has enjoyed sharing his inspirational story as a mentor and motivational speaker.