Dr. Tinita Ortega Kearney is a pediatric speech-language pathologist (SLP) specializing in autism spectrum disorder. Hailing from New York, she attended college in Washington, DC, receiving her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in speech-language pathology from Howard University. Dr. Kearney has 10 years of experience in the field, with the majority of this time spent in the non-public and public school settings. She has also owned and operated a successful speech/language therapy private practice for the past eight years.
Dr. Kearney is a public speaker, a member of many professional organizations and honor societies, and she currently serves on both local and state professional boards, including the Maryland Board of Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Music Therapists, for which she serves as Vice-Chair. As a mentor and researcher, Dr. Kearney has served as an adjunct professor, has published research articles, and has presented at numerous professional conferences. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Award for Continuing Education by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning.
Striving to advance the interests of those in the autism community, Dr. Kearney serves as an Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador for the state of Maryland. She has also recently entered the world of children’s books and has authored an award-winning lift-the-flap board book series targeting specific speech/language skills in young children. She seeks to empower families by providing a fun, interactive way for caregivers to teach fundamental speech/language skills using her lift-the-flap board books and companion products in her series, "Lola Koala's Travel Adventures."