Dr. Sislena Ledbetter – Associate Vice President of Student Development

Office Location: Bldg 38, Room A-10

Dr. Sislena Grocer Ledbetter is the Director of Counseling and Student Development at the University of the District of Columbia providing overall direction for client services and University support activities.  Dr. Ledbetter is a distinguished psychologist, lecturer and counselor and has over 25 years of research experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  Her past work included advertising and branding, product development (ideation and evaluation) customer satisfaction/user experience, and strategic planning.  She has applied her skills across a wide variety of sectors including engineering education, non-profit diversity, consumer marketing, primary education, healthcare, aging and non-profit advertising.  She also has experience establishing research functions within companies.   Dr. Ledbetter completed her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from North Carolina Central University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Ledbetter completed her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Social Psychology from Howard University. The focus of her academic studies was exploring life satisfaction for mid-life African American and White women.  During her studies at Howard, Dr. Ledbetter was recognized for excellence in public service and received the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship in Public Affairs during which she traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to work with the Program to Combat Racism, and served as a White House intern in the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton Administration. Dr. Ledbetter’s post-doctoral training includes the Leadership Training Program at Georgetown University and life coach training with the Newfield Network.

Dr. Ledbetter has lectured and presented at many organizations and institutions including: Howard University, Xerox University, Trinity University, Virginia Commonwealth University and a number of conferences and symposia.

Dr. Ledbetter previously worked for the American Psychological Association, where she served as a liaison between the association and undergraduate psychology students. She also served on several committees including a committee developed to increase minority student recruitment and retention in the field of psychology. At the National Educational Association’s Membership Corporation, Dr. Ledbetter revolutionized communication and feedback between NEA members and the Member Benefits Corporation by creating the NEA Member Advisory Panel.  As a Sr. Research Advisor at AARP Dr. Ledbetter has received the Sustained Excellence Award, a New Ventures in Leadership fellowship, and is the co-founder of the Jerry Florence Memorial Mentoring Program. Dr. Ledbetter is a life coach and the founder of LedBetter Coaching, a company that provides personal and business coaching and counseling services.


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