Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Dyslexia Training Institute
Kelli is an author and the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute.
california, united-states
advocacy, author, educator, speaker
advocacy, literacy


Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D. is an author and co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. Dr. Kelli is a national advocate who regularly writes about dyslexia advocacy. She has studied Structured Word Inquiry, the Orton-Gillingham approach, Lindamood-Bell, RAVE-O and Read Naturally and Linguistics. Dr. Kelli is a Past-President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She co-created and produced “Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia,” and she is a frequent speaker at conferences. Kelli is the author of the well-received books, Dyslexia Advocate! How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System and Dyslexia and Spelling. Her latest book, The Adult Side of Dyslexia will be published in late 2021. She received her doctorate in literacy with a specialization in reading and dyslexia from San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. She has a MA in Linguistics and is completing her TESOL certification.

Read more on Kelli on Dyslexia Training Institute.



  • Ed.D. – Literacy, San Diego State University and University of San Diego (2010)
  • MA – Linguistics, San Diego State University
  • MA – Education, National University
  • BA – Psychology, University of Arizona

Professional Memberships/ Associations

  • International Dyslexia Association  |  Board Member  [2002 - 2010]
  • Commission on Adult Basic Education Association

Professional Experience

  • Co-Founder - Dyslexia Training Institute [2008 - Till Date]
  • Adjunct Professor - Teacher Education |  National University, San Diego, California [2008 - Till Date]


Journal Articles

  • Sandman-Hurley, K. (2008). Volunteers tutoring reading disabled adult learners: A case study. Journal of Adult Basic Education and Literacy, 2(2).
  • Sandman-Hurley, K. & Moder, M. (2008). When words get in the way: A collaborative plan to address health literacy in San Diego County.
  • Sandman-Hurley, K. & McFadden, C. (2008). A collaborative for the Health of San Diego County. Focus on Basics, 9.

Other Publications & Materials

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