DNEA Leadership

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Alisha Fletcher, LCSW  has worked at the Center for Disabilities Studies since May of 2020. Alisha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over two decades of experience working in the mental health field with families and individuals with autism.  Alisha brings her mental health expertise to the DNEA to help the network meet the unique training and technical assistance needs of the many different professionals who work with individuals with autism across the state of Delaware.

Prior to becoming the Director of the DNEA, Alisha worked as a mental health coach at the Center for Disabilities Studies training professionals who work with and support individuals with autism. ​Alisha is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Wilmington University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Alisha earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing her DSW in clinical social work at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sarah B. Mallory, Ph.D. joined the DNEA in August 2019. Sarah holds a doctorate in special education with expertise in autism spectrum disorder, teacher education, and other developmental disabilities. She has supported individuals with autism across the lifespan and leverages these experiences to educate professionals who support people with autism across multiple clinical, hospital, school, and community-based settings. Sarah currently serves as the DNEA’s Principal Investigator and provides conceptual leadership to DNEA activities.

Sarah is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Delaware and director of the Health and Wellness Unit at the UD Center for Disabilities Studies. Before joining the DNEA and UD, Sarah was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Special Education and the Director of Special Education Teacher Preparation Programs at the University of Maryland.

Sarah received her Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.  At Columbia University, she was an instructor in the Intellectual Disability/Autism teacher preparation program and an Advanced Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities. Before entering academia, Sarah was a special education teacher with experience working with youth with autism and their families in school- and home-based settings.