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Speech & Hearing Sciences
1417 NE 42nd St, Seattle, WA 98105
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Associate 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
Dual language acquisition and multilingual contexts for learning (e.g., Dual Language Immersion)
Parent-child interaction and language outcomes
Brain and behavioral development

Amy Pace (she/her), Ph.D., CCC-SLP, 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 promoting healthy language development and learning outcomes. Current research projects focus on how Dual Language Learners (DLLs) develop their home language(s) and English; how to transform assessment and intervention practices for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and how to build research-to-practice collaborations by engaging families, educators, and community partners. Research is conducted in the laboratory, in the classroom, and in the community. 

Dr. Pace teaches Assessment and Treatment of Communication Disorders, Birth-to-Five (SPHSC 529) and Speech and Language Development (SPHSC 304). 


Recent Publications
Cascades in language acquisition: Re-thinking the linear model of development. (2023) Adv Child Dev Behav 64(): 69-107 Guo LX, Pace A, Masek LR, Golinkoff RM, Hirsh-Pasek K

Classification accuracy of the Quick Interactive Language Screener for preschool children with and without developmental language disorder. (2022 Nov-Dec) J Commun Disord 100(): 106276 Pace A, Curran M, Van Horne AO, de Villiers J, Iglesias A, Golinkoff RM, Wilson MS, Hirsh-Pasek K

Beyond talk: Contributions of quantity and quality of communication to language success across socioeconomic strata. (2021 Jan) Infancy 26(1): 123-147 Masek LR, Paterson SJ, Golinkoff RM, Bakeman R, Adamson LB, Owen MT, Pace A, Hirsh-Pasek K

Within and Across Language Predictors of Word Learning Processes in Dual Language Learners. (2021 Jan) Child Dev 92(1): 35-53 Pace A, Luo R, Levine D, Iglesias A, de Villiers J, Golinkoff RM, Wilson MS, Hirsh-Pasek K

Keeping the end in mind: Preliminary brain and behavioral evidence for broad attention to endpoints in pre-linguistic infants. (2020 Feb) Infant Behav Dev 58(): 101425 Pace A, Levine DF, Golinkoff RM, Carver LJ, Hirsh-Pasek K