Oscar L. Ocuto

Doctoral Student


  • Austin, TX

Current Employment

  • Former Middle School Teacher, Texas School for the Deaf, Austin, Texas


  • M.A. in Deaf Education, Gallaudet University, 2003
  • B.A. in Secondary Education and English, Gallaudet University, 2002

Research Interests

  • Critical thinking skill development in Deaf children of hearing families
  • The Home Language Environment (HLE) of a Deaf child
  • Parent perspectives on raising a Deaf child

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Ocuto, O. (2015). A review in retrospect: American Sign Language Instructional Guide by Todd Czubek (review). American Annals of the Deaf, 160(4), 427-429. doi:1353/aad.2015.0032
  • Cawthon, S. W., Caemmerer, J. M., Dickson, D. M., Ocuto, O. L., Ge, J. & Bond, M. P. (2015). Social skills as a predictor of postschool outcomes for individuals who are deaf. Applied Developmental Science, 19, 19-30. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2014.948157

Recent Non Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • N/A

Recent Presentations

  • Ocuto, O. (2017, April). The importance of research lab mentorship and collaboration for deaf doctoral scholars. Lead panel facilitator for panel discussion at the biennial pre-conference meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Austin, TX.
  • Ocuto, O. (2017, February). Chasing the why: Understanding the deaf child’s home language environment (HLE). Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for College Educators-Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (ACE-DHH), San Antonio, TX.

Dissertation Focus

  • Qualitatively exploring a Deaf child’s Home Language Environment (HLE)