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, hiking, reading, or hanging out with her family.


Affiliated Faculty

Senior Lecturers

John C. Thorne, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a senior lecturer, clinical supervisor, and clinical researcher at the University of Washington.  His research to date has focused on narrative assessment in children with prenatal alcohol exposure. As a speech-language pathologist & special educator, he has over 20 years experience as a direct service provider to school-aged children with special needs.

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 excited to be a 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, in the Washington State Twin Registry working on a study of twins with depression,  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.


Research Assistants

Postbaccalaureate & Undergraduate Students

Justin Brodt is a volunteer in the Child Language Research Lab working towards his Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Currently he is a senior in the SPHSC department and hopes to attend graduate school at the University of Washington with the intent of working as a speech language pathologist in a public school setting. Outside of school, Justin is married with two beautiful children whom take up most of his free time—and he wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Tim Gaynor is a volunteer in the Child Language Research Lab working towards his Bachelor’s degree in the Speech and Hearing Sciences. Ultimately, Timothy aspires to obtain an education for not only the Speech & Hearing Sciences, but Audiology as well; like a marrying of two worlds. Finally, with a PhD at the end of the tunnel, Timothy hopes to utilize his training and knowledge to devise and investigate clear communication strategies that might not be commonly taught among all groups of people. In his free time, Timothy likes to make a fool of himself at the Southgate Roller Rink, cook and power-lift!

Theresa Le is a volunteer at the Child Language Research Lab and an undergraduate senior majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Her field-related interests include language acquisition and development, social-cultural aspects of communication, and multiculturalism/bilingualism. She aspires to become a Speech-Language Pathologist who serves children from diverse, disadvantaged, and underrepresented backgrounds. In her free time, she enjoys trying out new cafes.

YingJu (Jessica) Lu is a volunteer at the Child Language Research Lab and a senior in the Speech and Hearing Sciences program at the University of Washington. She loves working with kids and aspires to pursue a doctor of medicine degree to become a pediatrician 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! 

Hannah Miller is a volunteer in the Child Language Research Lab pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a focus on Speech Language Pathology. She is thrilled to be engaging with the ongoing research at the University of Washington relating to child language development in such a hands-on manner, and looks forward to learning more about the team research process throughout the year. She hopes to eventually practice as a Speech Language Pathologist within the public school setting, and would like to continue researching as a graduate student along the way. With an interest in connecting with those around her, Hannah is also working towards minors in Spanish and Comparative Religion, and plans on learning ASL in the near future. 

In addition to her studies, Hannah is very passionate about her work in various settings: a speech and language preschool, a community-based day program for adults with disabilities, and a candy store! In her free time, Hannah enjoys baking, exploring the Pacific North West with friends, and catching up on the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Michelle "Misha" Gregg is an undergraduate volunteer at the University of Washington Child Language Research Lab. She is currently working on her post-baccalaureate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and plans to graduate at the end of the Summer before pursuing her Masters Degree in the Fall. She earned her bachelor's degree from U.C. Berkeley with a double major in Linguistics and Theater and Performance Studies. In the years between her two degrees, Misha taught English as a foreign language in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to children between the ages of 2 and 18. In Vietnam, she also volunteered as a shadow/assistant to a French speech-language pathologist in an orphanage for children with disabilities. In her free time, she enjoys archery, embroidery, and playing ukulele. Misha is very excited to be working on the QUILs project this year, running tests for participants.

Graduate Students

Frances Bueno is a first 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 language development and providing family-centered services in interdisciplinary collaborative settings. When she has free time, Frances can be found in a coffee shop or reading a comic book!



Minmin (Emma) Lin

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