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Yao Du, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Graduate Faculty

Speech-Language Pathology
Graduate Center 174
Office Hours
Tuesday: 10 - 11 a.m.

Yao Du, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Yao Du, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Supervisor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified speech-language pathologist through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in the states of New Jersey and California.

Dr. Du has clinical experiences working with both pediatric and geriatric clients in schools, private practice, skilled nursing facility, home health, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation units. She also holds the Advanced Telehealth Coordinator Certificate from the University of Delaware. Dr. Du completed her doctoral degree in Informatics from the University of California, Irvine where she investigated the design and evaluation of web, mobile, and voice interfaces for both monolingual and bilingual Mandarin-English speaking children.

Her prior work has been published in medical informatics, game design, and assistive technology conferences. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, her current research studies seek to bridge the gap between speech language pathology and human computer interaction through the design and evaluation of mobile and voice technology for teletherapy.

Additionally, she also provides consulting for digital health startup companies to develop digital diagnostic and therapeutic tools for children with autism.


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Advanced Telehealth Coordinator Certificate, University of Delaware

M.S. , University of Texas, Austin

Research Interests

Dr. Du’s research interests include educational and assistive technology, voice games using conversational agents, virtual worlds for youth with disabilities, web-based bilingual assessment for Mandarin-English children, telehealth.


Scholarly Articles

Du, Y., Sheng, L., & Tekinbas, K. S. (2020). “Try Your Best”: Parent Behaviors During Administration of an Online Language Assessment Tool for Bilingual Mandarin-English Children. In Proceedings of the Interaction Design and Children Conference, 409-420.

Du, Y., & Tekinbas, K. S. (2020). Bridging the Gap in Mobile Interaction Design for Children with Disabilities: Perspectives from a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 23, 100152. DOI:

Du, Y., Abbas, H., Taraman, S., Segar, S., & Bischoff, N. (2019). In-Home Speech and Language Screening for Young Children: A Proof-of-Concept Study Using Interactive Mobile Storytime. AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science Proceedings., 2019, 722-731.

Du, Y., Boyd, L., & Ibrahim, S. (2018). From Behavioral and Communication Intervention to Interaction Design: User Perspectives from Clinicians. In Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, 198-202.

Du, Y. (2018). Unpacking Meaningful Play in the Clinical Context: Mobile App Use Between Children with Disabilities and Their Speech Language Pathologists. In Proceedings of the 2018 International Academic Conference on Meaningful Play, 114-131.

Presentations/Invited Talks

Hughes, D., Du, Y., Duval, J., & Tompkins, R. (2020). “Looking Behind the Screen”: Demystifying the Design and Evaluation of Apps for Differing Users and Contexts. SIG 12 invited panel presentation at the 2020 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, San Diego, CA. (Conference canceled due to Coronavirus)

Du, Y., Salen, K., & Sheng, L. (2020). Parents as Test Agents: A Pilot Study Using a Mandarin-English Receptive Language Screener. Oral presentation accepted at the 15th International Congress of the Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL), Pennsylvania, PA. (Conference postponed due to Coronavirus)

Du, Y. (2019). Voice Games for Children with Disabilities. Panel discussion “Failure, Breakdowns, Peer-to-Peer, and Institutional Support of Play” presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Irvine, CA.

Du, Y., Soria, A.M, & Salen, K. (2019). Super Word: Accessible Voice Games for Children with Communication Impairments (CwCI). Tech demo presented at the Connected Learning Summit 2019, Irvine, CA.

Du, Y. (2018). Considerations and Challenges in Designing Speech and Voice Technology for Children with Complex Communication Needs. Short paper presented at the Accessible Voice Interface Workshop, 21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Social Computing, Jersey City, NJ.

Du, Y., Abbas, H., Taraman, S., Segar, S., Bischoff, N. (2018). In-home Speech and Language Screening for Young Children: A Pilot Study Using Interactive Mobile Storytime. Abstract presented at the AIMed North America, Dana Point, CA.

Du, Y. (2018). How Are Mobile Apps Designed and Used to Help Children with Communication impairments? Technical research session (#4599) presented at the 2018 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA.

Du, Y., & Soria, A.M. (2018). Designing Conversational Agents to Support Home Exercises for Children Who Receive Speech and Language Therapy. Poster and oral presentation presented at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2018 Annual Symposium, San Francisco, CA. (Selected as the 2nd place at the Student Design Challenge “Delivering Care Anytime Anywhere”).

Du, Y. (2018). Tracking Children’s Speech and Language Development: A Pilot Study Using Interactive Mobile Storytime. Short talk presented for the “Panel – Working with Industry & Making Impact” at the Researching Multimodal Childhood Symposium, Odense, Denmark.

Du, Y. (2018). Insights from Pediatric Speech Language Pathologists: Considering Instructional Goals in App Recommendations for Children with Disabilities. Short paper presented accepted for the 2nd International Workshop on Children & Recommender Systems (KidRec), Trondheim, Norway.

Du, Y., & Salen, K. (2018). Connected Learning from Assessment to Treatment: How Clinical Decision-Making and Practices in Speech Therapy Can Inform Game Design. Poster presented at the Connected Learning Summit 2018, Cambridge, MA.

Du, Y., Abbas, H., Taraman, S., & Seger, S. (2017). Storytime: In-home Automatic Assessment for Speech and Language Development in Young Children. Abstract presented at the 1st Shaping the Future of Pediatrics Congress, Rome, Italy.