Wendy Quach, PhD

Wendy Quach

Professor, Communicative Disorders & Sciences 

Wendy Quach, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a licensed, certified speech language pathologist and professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CDS) at San José State University. Her teaching and research focus on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for people with complex communication needs and motor speech disorders. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally and is actively engaged in several collaborative research projects and is supported through several US Department of Education grants. She has a passion for instilling research in her students and has mentored several students on various projects related to AAC.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Alberta, Canada
  • B.A., Linguistics, University of Alberta, Canada

Recent Publications

  • Quach, W. & Tsai, P. (2017). Preparing Future SLPs for the Clinical World of Cultural-Linguistic Diversity. Perspectives ASHA SIGs, 2 (SIG 14), 82–102. doi: 10.1044/persp2.SIG14.82
  • Lund, S. K., Quach, W., Wiessling, K., McKelvey, M., & Dietz, A. (2017). Assessment with children who need augmentative and alternative communication (AAC): Clinical decisions of AAC specialists. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. doi: 10.1044/2016_LSHSS-15-0086
  • Dietz, A., Quach, W., Lund, S., & McKelvey, M. (2012) AAC assessment and clinical decision making: The impact of experience. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 28, 148-159 doi: 10.3109/07434618.2012.70452.
  • Binger, C., Ball, L., Dietz, A., Kent-Walsh, J., Lasker, J., Lund, S., McKelvey, M., & Quach, W. (2012). Personnel roles in the AAC assessment process. Augmentative & Alternative Communication. 28, 278 – 288 doi: 10.3109/07434618.2012.716079

Recent Presentations

  • Quach, W., Lund, S., McKelvey, M., & Weissling, K. (2018, November). Augmentative & Alternative Communication Clinical Assessment Project: Protocol for assessment of children with cerebral palsy. Seminar at the ASHA annual convention, Boston, MA.
  • McKelvey, M., Weissling, K., Quach, W., & Lund, S. (2018, November). Augmentative & Alternative Communication Clinical Assessment Project: Protocol for assessment of individuals with ALS. Seminar at the ASHA annual convention, Boston, MA.
  • Yoshimura, J. & Quach, W. (2018, November). Pre-Service Education in Augmentative & Alternative Communication: Student Ratings of Self-Efficacy. Seminar at the ASHA annual convention, Boston, MA.
  • Goldman, A., Begley, E., Blackstone, S., Caswell, T., Quach, W., & Zangari, C. (2018, November). Disasters, AAC Users & SLPs: Lessons From the Trenches. Seminar at the ASHA annual convention, Boston, MA.
  • Quach, W., Pollock, K., Simpson, B.*, & Klassen, J.* (2018, July). Parent perspectives on an AAC camp experience. Paper presentation at the 18th biennial conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Kim, E., Pollock, K., Ruelling, A., Quach, W., Adams, K. (2018, May). Weekend camps for communication disorders: Student, client, and family outcomes. Paper presented at the SAC 2018 Conference, Edmonton, Canada.

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • 2015 Quach, W. (2015). Project Tapestry –Preparing Culturally Competent Speech-Language Pathologists to Deliver High Quality Services to Children with Disabilities. A personnel development grant submitted to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. Proposed project period June 2015 – May 2020, $1,250,000
  • 2015 Quach, W., & McCullough, J. (2015). Project EPICS: Educating Pacific Island Clinicians in Speech-Language Pathology. A personnel development grant submitted to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. Proposed project period September 2015 August 2020, $1,250,000
  • 2013 Lund, S., Quach, W., McKelvey, M., & Weissling, K. (2013). Optimal Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology for Individuals with Severe Communication Disabilities: Development of a Comprehensive Assessment Protocol. A development grant submitted to the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Field Initiated Program. Proposed project period September 2013 – August 2016, $573,103
  • 2012 Quach, W. (2012). Project AACES – Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Educational Settings. A personnel development grant submitted to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. Proposed project period October 2012 – July 2017, $1,250,000

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Assessment
  • Augmentative and alternative communication

Personality Playlist

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