Sandy Ayala faculty profile
Sandy Ayala


Phone: 707-664-2972

Office:Stevenson Hall 3011

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Sandy Ayala

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education

Courses Taught


I am in my first year at Sonoma State University. I am thrilled to be part of such a dynamic school of education. I came here from the University of California Riverside where I earned my doctorate in special education with an emphasis in technology. My dissertation research looked at the effects of video self modeling on the decoding skills of students at risk for reading disabilities. I spent four years as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Learning Disabilities where I expanded my interests in the way universal design for learning can positively impact students with learning disabilities. I have been a teacher for close to 20 years including working as a speech pathologist in New York and Southern California. My latest interest is in the use of the iPad in the classroom as a progressive tool for communication, synthesis, expression and engagement.


  • PhD Education, University of California Riverside, 2010
  • MS Special Education-Credential, CSU San Bernardino, 2003
  • MA University of Northern Colorado, 1989
  • BS Speech Pathology State University of New York Geneseo, 1985

Research Interests

  • Special Education
  • Assistive Technology
  • Video Self Modeling
  • Response To Intervention
  • Autism
  • Communication/ Language Development
  • Teacher Development
  • Educational Technology
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research
  • iPads in Special Education

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor Special Education
  • Teacher Special Education
  • Autism Specialist
  • Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Educational Technology Consultant
  • Camp Director
  • Non Profit Orgaization Executive
  • Professional Musician

Recent Scholarship and Publications