Deanne Otto

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Ph.D. Education

With Walden University since 2007. Areas of expertise are Teaching & Learning specifically in the areas of 1) Research Methods & Statistics, 2) Foundations of Education, and 3)Educational Testing & Evaluation. Past work experience includes working as a government contractor with the US Air Force working in data and cybersecurity. This included as a Researcher Engineer working in the emerging technology initiative. This was accomplished by detection of emerging technologies through evaluation of concepts and review of existing and developing technology. This requires repeatable and validated research methodologies and statistics to identify and assess along two dimensions: (1) Technology Readiness Level, and (2) Concept Maturity. Research techniques include in-depth analytical skills. Advanced statistical analysis includes multivariate and nonparametic statistics including techniques for both qualitative and quantitative areas. This include using all techniques in the evaluation process including factor analysis, principal components analysis (PCA), and cluster analysis as well as non-parametric regression analysis, Bayesian modeling, and statistical bootstrapping methods to understand and correlate outcomes in this area of research. Other experience as a biostatistician working with nurses Provide biostatistical support to the University of Maryland - School of Nursing staff in development and administration of federal and state-based research. Participated as a Sub-Investigator to protocol-based clinical trails research. Taught Graduate level seminars and coursework in statistics. Additional experience with physicians at the American College of Cardiology designing, developing and implement survey research for the College. Provide data analyses of survey research. Assisted College committees with surveys. Coordinated surveys with other departments. Catalog and archive data files. Assist in the development and use of social sciences research methods. And most recently as the Associate Director of Medical Education at a Midwest School of Medicine in Ohio.


PhD, University of North Dakota

MS, University of North Dakota

BS, Trenton State College

Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Wright State Research Institute – Wright State University

Awards / Honors

NASA Space Grant Fellow, NASA, 1991

Air Force STEM Awards: AF Outstanding Engineer, , 2013

Finalist for the (ISC) 2 GISL Award (US Government I), , 2012


Otto, D. W., Conway, K. (2018). Hands on experience with Practice Based Learning and Improvement in the third year clerkship setting.. Wright State University Booshoft School of Medicine

Otto, D. W., Conway, K. (2018). The Who, What, When, and Why of synchronous and asynchronous delivery methods in the third year clerkship setting. Wright State University Booshoft School of Medicine