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Ashley O'Rourke

Ashley O'Rourke is an alumni of the Mercy College Communication Disorders program. She serves as the Director of Clinical Education and Services. Ashley teaches graduate level courses in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Pediatric Feeding Disorders, and Clinical Seminar. She has traveled internationally to provide speech, language, and feeding services for those with developmental disabilities and craniofacial anomalies in China, Guatemala, and Morocco.

Ashley has focused her clinical career on serving the pediatric population with a heavy focus on developmental disabilities. She previously worked for the Department of Education, District 75, as a therapist in a self-contained setting and provided both public and private early intervention services across the five boroughs of NYC.  Ashley also served as a member of a multidisciplinary Pediatric Feeding Team for District 75.

Ashley is completing her EdD in Leadership in Healthcare and Education and her PhD in Communication Disorders. She seeks to explore knowledge of ASD in healthcare providers and the use of AAC in individuals with complex communication needs.


MS, Communication Disorders - Mercy College

BS, Speech-Language Hearing Sciences - La Salle University

BS, Psychology - La Salle University

Selected Publications

2020 (Postponed) Poster Presentation at New York State Speech, Language and Hearing Convention in Tarrytown, NY. Bridging the Generational Gap in the Clinical Education of Speech Pathology Students  

2018 Poster Presentation at Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference in Boston, MA. Medical Orientation Pre-Externship Curriculum.

2014 Poster presentation at Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing (ASHA) Association in Orlando, FL. A Case Study Examining Oral Transit Time & Severity Level of Dysphagia in Cerebral Palsy.

2012 Poster presentation at New York State Speech, Language and Hearing Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Communicating Effectively with Adults Who Have Dementia.


Member, Alpha Eta National Honor Society for Allied Health Professionals (2011)



O'Rourke, A. (2021) Micro Senate Grant. Covid-19 and Augmentative Communication: Resources for Hospitalized Patients. Mercy College.

O’Rourke, A. (2020). Faculty Development Grant. Closing the Generational Gap in the Clinical Education of Speech-Language Pathology Students. Mercy College.

Contact Info

Ashley O’Rourke
Ashley O'Rourke
  • Instructor, Communication Disorders
  • Clinic Director, Communication Disorders