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Sharlene Ottley, PhD

Director of Early Childhood Research and Practice

BS, Andrews University
MS, Gallaudet University
PhD, Howard University

Dr. Sharlene Ottley serves as Director of Early Childhood Research and Practice, a position she has held since 2015.

She completed graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology at Gallaudet University with an emphasis in Pediatric Aural Rehabilitation. Prior to The River School, Dr. Ottley worked in a variety of early intervention, school-based and outpatient settings providing services to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those with hearing loss and Spanish-English bilingual students. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University with a focus on children with cochlear implants from bilingual Spanish/English speaking homes.

Dr. Ottley oversees the research and assessment efforts, as well as provides support to the speech-language pathologists in the Elementary Division.