Spotlight on Dorothy Leone, PhD

Dorothy Leone, PhD, is devoted to supporting teachers and therapists to truly understand their students; she often encourages colleagues to act as a “detective” when addressing challenges in and out of the classroom. She whole-heartedly believes in a positive, developmental approach to learning that analyzes the whole person. She is currently an associate professor of speech communication studies at Iona College and a New York State and ASHA certified speech language pathologist. She graduated from Iona with a Bachelor of Arts in speech language pathology and audiology and furthered her studies by completing a Master of Science and Ph.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University in speech language pathology. While completing her Ph.D., she worked as a speech-language pathologist for the New York City Department of Education. She had the honor to work in a program for elementary students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  As her professional and educational journey continued, she engaged in a variety of research projects centered around diverse learners and began supporting schools' professional development needs to understand this population. To date, she has worked in over 50 different schools supporting students, parents, teachers and administrators as both a workshop facilitator and an embedded coach.