About the Director

Amy Pace, Ph.D., 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's research focuses on language acquisition, assessment, and early intervention from birth to five, with emphasis on children from diverse, disadvantaged, or high-risk backgrounds. The primary goals of this research are to understand the environmental factors and learning mechanisms that contribute to successful language acquisition, and to apply this knowledge to develop targeted, community-centered interventions that support positive developmental outcomes in early childhood and beyond.

When she is not in the lab, you can find Dr. Pace swimming outdoors, welding, hiking, reading, or hanging out with her family.


Affiliated Faculty

John C. Thorne, Ph.D., CCC-SLP: Associate Teaching Professor; Discipline Leader for Speech-Language Pathology, University of Washington Center On Human Development and Disability; clinician and researcher, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network.  Dr. Thorne's research to date has focused on interdisciplinary assessment in children with prenatal alcohol exposure and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. As a speech-language pathologist & special educator, he has over 30 years experience as a direct service provider to school-aged children with special needs and their families. 

Professors Emeriti

Truman Coggins, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Professor Emeritus of Speech and Hearing Sciences.  Dr. Coggins’ program of research has examined communication disorders in a social context specifically, whether children with CNS impairment and prenatal alcohol exposure have impairments in higher-level integrative language functioning.  He is a certified speech-language pathologist and Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  During his tenure at Washington, Dr. Coggins was a research affiliate in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center at the University’s Center on Human Development and Disability.  Dr. Coggins has been a mentor to more than three decades of interdisciplinary health professionals and graduate students for leadership roles in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.

Lesley B. Olswang, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Professor Emeritus of Speech and Hearing Sciences.  

Patricia Dowden, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Professor Emeritus of Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington.  Dr. Dowden’s research has included augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in school-age children, caseloads of speech-language pathologists in Washington State schools and early signals of communication in infants and toddlers with severe motor impairments.  In addition, Dr. Dowden supervised in the Speech & Hearing Clinic and taught courses in AAC, Clinical Methods, Evidence-Based Practice and Social-Cultural Aspects of Communication. She will continue to teach courses in AAC in the coming years.

Research Coordinator

Emily Fowler, B.S. is a UW graduate from Biology and Psychology, with a passion for how the brain works. She's loved being part of the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department and learning new things about language acquisition, development, and interventions in different populations. In the lab, she oversees the various projects in process and assists with keeping things running smoothly and working on IRB Applications for research studies currently in the works.

Additionally, she is a team member in the Speech & Hearing NeuDLL Lab working on language studies, and Seattle Children's Research consenting & interviewing study families during the weekends. 

She loves visiting the Seattle Symphony (especially when they are playing movie soundtracks), tending her myriad of plants, and getting in cat snuggles when she can at the Meowtropolitan Cat Cafe in Wallingford.



Graduate Students    

Frances Bueno is a second year master's student in the speech-language pathology program. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies at California State University, Fresno with a minor in Behavioral Psychology. Before graduate school, she worked as a behavior interventionist with children on the autism spectrum. Frances is particularly interested in early childhood language development and providing family-centered services in interdisciplinary settings. When she has free time, Frances can be found in a coffee shop or reading a comic book!


Lily Parrish is a second year master's student in the medical speech-language pathology program. She earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida, with a minor in Spanish. She is primarily interested in early intervention focusing on the role of interactions in language development, as well as complex pediatric medical cases. Lily is currently working on a master's thesis in the Child Language Lab that examines joint engagement behaviors in preschoolers with language impairments. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with children of diverse abilities at camps and recreational programs, backpacking, running, and cross-stitching.  


Theresa Le is a first year master’s student in the Core Speech-Language Pathology program. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the UW in 2018. Her field-related interests include multiculturalism, bilingualism, and working with underrepresented communities. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new cafes.




Research Assistants

YingJu (Jessica) Lu is a volunteer at the Child Language Research Lab and a senior in the Speech and Hearing Sciences program at UW. She loves working with kids and aspires to become a pediatric dentist serving underrepresented populations. She is interested in studying autism spectrum disorder, brain and cognitive sciences, and children literacy development. Jessica brings her experience of working with children with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD at the Experimental Education Unit and tutoring experience at the nonprofit organization Reading Partners to the lab. In her free time, she's either reading in a cafe, working out in a gym or exploring new hiking trails in Washington!



Kimi Phippen is a volunteer in the Child Language Research Lab and a post-baccalaureate student in the University of Washington’s Speech and Hearing Sciences Department. In 2017, she graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in applied linguistics. Although Kimi now hopes to become a speech-language pathologist, she previously worked in California’s almond industry doing everything from making promotional videos to operating heavy machinery. In her free time, she enjoys taking spin classes and going to the movies.

Linda Tashjian is a volunteer at the Child Language Research Lab and a post-baccalaureate student majoring in Speech & Hearing Sciences at UW. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Linguistics at the University of California Santa Barbara, with a minor in Speech Language Pathology. In her last year of undergraduate studies, she carried out a senior thesis where she researched dialectal variations in the Armenian language. She aspires to become a Speech-Language Pathologist who provides services in multiple languages. Furthermore, she hopes to one day pursue a Ph.D where she can research the phonological processes of Armenian and document language acquisition for bilingual children learning English and Armenian. In her free time, she loves to cook and go for walks!      Shina Cook is a senior majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington and a volunteer research assistant with the Child Language Lab. She plans to get a Master’s in Speech Language Pathology after graduation. Shina also works as a behavior technician working with children with autismspectrum disorder. She is particularly interested in language development, especially the differences between typically and atypically developing children.

Celine Chien is a post-baccalaureate student in the University of Washington’s Speech and Hearing Sciences program. Before coming to the United States, she earned her bachelor’s degree in foreign languages at National Taiwan University, and a master’s degree in English linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. She aims to become a speech-language pathologist focusing on early language and literacy development in preschoolers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with special emphasis on Chinese-English dual language learners. In her free time, Celine enjoys watching movies, trying out new recipes, and hanging out with four-legged friends.


  Ellie Hurlbert is an undergraduate senior in the Speech and Hearing Sciences program. She is pursuing a career in Speech-Language Pathology, gearing more towards the medical side of the field. Although she is still emerging as a student, her interests revolve around the brain, specifically how Traumatic Brain Injury affects language in general (language development in particular). Outside of school she loves to journal, adventure to new places (near or far) and have as many picnics as possible!


Jiaharn Choo is an undergraduate senior majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She hopes to eventually practice as a speech-language pathologist in culturally diverse communities and work with dual language learners. Her field related interests include language acquisition, bilingualism, and social-cultural aspects of communication. In her free time, she enjoys hopping on the busses and discovering Seattle. 











































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