Julie Dalessio, M.S., CCC-SLP
Julie Dalessio is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist, licensed to practice in the state of Washington. She spent the first part of her career working in the healthcare insurance and professional liability insurance fields in the areas of corporate communications and operations. Prior to leaving the private sector, she worked as an Operations Manager overseeing business planning, budgets, reporting, and administrative workflow and leading a staff of ten.
Seeking a career shift to the service delivery side of healthcare, she moved across the country to attend the University of Washington to study speech-language pathology, earning her M.S. degree in 2002. She completed her Clinical Fellowship at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and then worked in the Seattle area for several years as a medical speech-language pathologist across acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, transitional care, and skilled nursing settings. Her specific clinical interests include neurogenic speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders, as well as interventions for patients with head and neck cancer.
Julie joined the SPHSC faculty in 2006 to help develop the clinical curricula for the M.S.-MedSLP program. Her initial responsibilities included development and coordination of community-based practica and internships for M.S. students, clinical supervision, and oversight of MedSLP program operations. Over the last eleven years, she's had the opportunity for involvement in both academic and administrative roles. In addition to teaching in the classroom and the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic, she helped develop new courses at the BS and MS levels, revise the B.S. and M.S.-CoreSLP degree programs, create the new M.S.-EdSLP program, oversee academic and student services, and develop degree program policies and procedures.
Her key service responsibilities in the department have included sixteen years on the MS Admissions Committee (chairing for the last 5 years), twelve years on the BS Admissions Committee (chairing for 8 years), eleven years as the department's Curriculum Coordinator, as a member of the CAA Site Review and Reaccreditation Committee, and on the SPHSC Executive Committee, and six years as the Chair of the Student Progress Committee. Within the Univiersity, she is a Faculty Senator representing the SPHSC and Linguistic Departments, a member of the UW Advisory Council for Technology-Enhanced Teaching (ACTT), and a Student Appeal Reviewer for Student Conduct and Title IX cases at the UW.
Outside of the University, Julie served as the Membership Committee Chair for the Washington State Speech-Language Hearing Association (WSLHA) from 2012-2013, the WSLHA Treasurer from 2013 - 2016, and is now serving as the Chair of the WSLHA Bylaws, Standards, & Advocacy Committee.