Team Members


Michele DeBerry

Michele DeMichele DeBerryBerry, MS CCC-SLP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, The Oklahoma Autism Network
Director, The Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities
(405) 271-2131, ext 47123


Ed.D. Candidate
MS, University of Oklahoma
BS, University of Oklahoma 


Michele DeBerry recently joined the College of Allied Health as a Clinical Assistant Professor.  She is the Director of the Oklahoma Autism Network and the Director of the Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities.  Michele earned her B.S. in Communication Disorders and M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Allied Health.   Michele is completing her Ed.D. in Education Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus.

Michele has worked in the field of special education for the past 29 years serving students and families from birth to age 22.  Before joining OUHSC-COAH, Michele worked in Oklahoma public schools as a district level administrator, a speech language pathologist, school psychometrist, and most recently at the Oklahoma State Department of Education.  She is on the Board of Directors for the Arc of Oklahoma to help advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities.  Through her experiences working with many professional and community stakeholders, it is her goal to always strive to build consensus, understand diversity, and create respectful dynamics.  Being an advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families is Michele’s passion.  She enjoys serving as a resource for parents, general education and special education teachers, related service providers, school district administrators, and evaluation and eligibility teams. 

Research Interest:

  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Specific Learning Disabilities including Dyslexia
  • Communication Disabilities
  • Inclusion
  • School-based Special Education Services
  • Parent Advocacy and Training
  • Trauma-informed Supports and Interventions