Ph.D. Learning Disabilities, Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University, 1977
She teaches courses related to mild/moderate disabilities including educational methods, assessment, and technology.
She has served as the Assistant Director for two federally funded grants: Project LITT (Literacy Instruction Through Technology): Enhancing the Reading Skills of Students with Learning Disabilities through Hypermedia-Based Children's Literature, and Enhancing the Writing Skills of Students with Learning Disabilities through Technology, both through the San Diego State University Foundation. Dr. Ashton serves as an Associate Editor of Assistive Technology for the Journal of Special Education Technology, The California Council for Exceptional Children presented her with the 2000-2002 Exemplary Special Educator Award. Dr. Ashton is a frequent speaker on special education topics most recently presenting for the International Conference of the Council for Learning Disabilities, the International Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and the Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children. She has also published articles in the Journal of Educational Computing Research, The Successful Professor, Diagnostique, Special Education Technology Practice, and Teaching Exceptional Children. Dr. Ashton's current research focuses on alternate measures to enhance traditional reading assessment, general education/special education collaboration, and instructional best practices for students with mild/moderate disabilities.