Speech & Hearing Sciences
1417 NE 42nd St, Seattle, WA 98105
EGL 161

Amy E.

Assistant Professor
PhD Language and Communicative Disorders, San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego
BA Spanish Literature and Political Science, University of California, San Diego
Academic Expertise: 
Language acquisition and development, birth to five
Language assessment and early intervention
Parent-child interaction and language outcomes
Behavioral and electrophysiological indices

Amy Pace joined the Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty in 2016. She completed her postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and received her doctorate in Language and Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego in 2013. 

Dr. Pace is the director of the Child Language Research Lab at the University of Washington. Dr. Pace's research focuses on language acquisition, assessment, and intervention from birth to five, with emphasis on children from diverse, disadvantaged, or high-risk backgrounds. The primary goal of this research is to advance the field’s practical knowledge about how children integrate multiple sources of information to extract meaning from the complex input of human experience, how this information supports language development in typical and atypical populations, and how the understanding the products and processes of language development can lead to targeted, community-based interventions that support positive language outcomes in all children. Research is conducted in the laboratory, in the classroom, and in the community. 

Dr. Pace teaches Assessment and Treatment of Communication Disorders, Birth-to-Four (SPHSC 529) and Developmental Aspects of Communication (SPHSC 304). 


Recent Publications
Fast mapping word meanings across trials: Young children forget all but their first guess. (2018 Aug) Cognition 177(): 177-188 Aravind A, de Villiers J, Pace A, Valentine H, Golinkoff R, Hirsh-Pasek K, Iglesias A, Sweig Wilson M

Playing With Ideas: Evaluating the Impact of the Ultimate Block Party, a Collective Experiential Intervention to Enrich Perceptions of Play. (2017 Sep) Child Dev 88(5): 1419-1434 Grob R, Schlesinger M, Pace A, Golinkoff RM, Hirsh-Pasek K

A goal bias in action: The boundaries adults perceive in events align with sites of actor intent. (2017 Jun) J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn 43(6): 916-927 Levine D, Hirsh-Pasek K, Pace A, Michnick Golinkoff R

Action Interrupted: Processing of Movement and Breakpoints in Toddlers and Adults. (2016 Jan 1) J Cogn Dev 17(1): 105-121 Friend M, Pace AE

The Contribution of Early Communication Quality to Low-Income Children's Language Success. (2015 Jul) Psychol Sci 26(7): 1071-83 Hirsh-Pasek K, Adamson LB, Bakeman R, Owen MT, Golinkoff RM, Pace A, Yust PK, Suma K