Areas of Study


Sharon serves as the Center’s external evaluator. Her experience includes 25 years as Director and Applied Professor of Deaf Education at the University of Tulsa. Dr. Baker’s research focuses on language acquisition and prevention of language delays in young deaf children. She is a co-developer of the standardized Visual Communication and Sign Language checklist, the only standardized measure of sign language acquisition in children 0-5. Additionally, she is an experienced grant writer and evaluator. She has served as a Project Director of grants funded by the US Dept of Education, participated in grant evaluation training through the CDC, and has evaluated state-level health initiatives involving the adult deaf population. Over the past twenty years, she has evaluated federal projects led by deaf PIs or deaf-owned companies for the US Department of Education and the US Department of Commerce