Wendy Quach, PhD (she/her)

Wendy Quach

Professor, Communicative Disorders & Sciences 

Wendy Quach, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a licensed, certified speech language pathologist and associate professor in the Communicative Disorders & Sciences Department at San José State University. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for people with complex communication needs and motor speech disorders. She also is also the department Graduate Program Director and manages grants from the US Department of Education and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Field Initiated Program grant that focuses on assessment for people with complex communication needs.

Education

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

Recent Publications

  • McKelvey, M., Weissling, K., Lund, S., Quach, W., Dietz, A. (2021). Assessment of adults with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis who need augmentative and alternative communication: Clinical decisions of AAC specialists. Communication Disorders Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/ 15257401211017143
  • Lund, S., Weissling, K., Quach, W. McKelvey, M. (2021). Finding a voice for individuals with ASD who are minimally verbal through comprehensive communication assessment. Perspectives ASHA SIGs (SIG 2). https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_PERSP-20-00227
  • 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. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1044/2016_LSHSS-15-0086

Recent Presentations

  • Caswell, T., Quach, W., Barton-Hulsey, A., Boesch, M., Chung, Y. (2021). Emergency preparedness for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication: Reviewing a Text Message Toolkit [ePoster]. ISAAC Connect Conference.
  • Weissling, K., McKelvey, M., Lund, S., & Quach, W. (2020 postponed to 2021). Improving skills and decision making of advanced clinicians using a case study approach [Seminar]. ISAAC Conference, Cancún, Mexico.
  • Weissling, K, McKelvey, M., Lund, S., & Quach, W. (2020 cancelled). Augmentative and alternative communication boot camp [Seminar]. ASHA Convention, San Diego, CA, United States.
  • Goldman, A., Quach, W., Caswell, T., Zangari, C., Miller Sonntag, A. (2019, November). Preparing AAC Users, Families & Emergency Personnel for Disasters. Seminar at the ASHA annual convention, Orlando, FL.
  • Weissling, K., McKelvey, M., Lund, S., Quach, W. (2019, November). Augmentative and Alternative Communication Assessment: How to adapt procedures for a successful AAC assessment. Seminar at the ASHA annual convention, Orlando, FL.

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • 2021 Lurie College of Education Strategic Planning Seed Grant (with Alison Pentland). Title: Perspectives on Culturally Sustaining Practices for Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Funding: $12,000)
  • 2021 SJSU Level Up Grant (with Matthew Love, Special Education). Title: Leveling up Interpdisciplinary Practice and Preparation (Funding: $20,000)
  • 2020 Lurie College of Education Strategic Planning Seed Grant (with Matthew Love, Special Education). Title: Interprofessional Summit (Funding: $5000)
  • 2019 Fried-Oken, M., Quach, W., Soto, G. 19th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). An R13 grant submitted to the National Institues of Health, $39,999
  • 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

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Assessment
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Personality Playlist

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