Betty Yu

Associate Professor
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Betty Yu is an Assistant Professor in the Communicative Disorders Program in Special Education. Before joining the faculty at San Francisco State, she practiced as a speech-language therapist primarily serving young children and their families in minority communities. Her research interest is in how children's language development interfaces with the development of sociocultural competence. Her current research focuses on the communication experiences of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families within bilingual contexts. She teaches courses related to language development, atypical language development, cultural and linguistic diversity, intervention in young children, and counseling in Communicative Disorders. The emphasis of her clinical instruction is on the provision of family-centered services to support communication development in children on the autism spectrum. She is the co-director of Project Common Ground, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to prepare speech-language pathologists to work effectively with diverse children on the autism spectrum. She supervises the Autism Spectrum Communication Clinic.

Educational Background

  • University of California at Berkeley/San Francisco State University, 2009, Ph.D. Special Education
  • New York University, 1999, M.A. Speech-Language Pathology
  • University of California at Berkeley, 1996, B.A. Linguistics

Certification and Licences

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1999-present
  • California State License in Speech and Language Pathology, Speech Language and Audiology Licensing Board, 1999-present


  • Yu, B. (2013). Issues in bilingualism and heritage language maintenance: Perspectives of minority-language mothers of children with autism spectrum disorders. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 22(1), 10-24.
  • Solomon-Rice, P. & Yu, B. (2012). ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologists Pursuing Doctoral Degrees in Related Areas: An Untapped Doctoral Shortage Resource? Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, 15(2), 53-58.
  • Yu, B. & Epstein, L. (2011). Facilitating critical reflections about disability among students in speech-language pathology.Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, 14, 11-20.
  • Yu, B. & Kashinath, S. (2011). Family-centered care and other labors of love: Culturally competent service delivery for young children and their families. CSHA Magazine, 41(1), 12-13.
  • Yu, B. (2010). Achieving cultural reciprocity in early intervention through a recommitment to family-centered care. CSHA Magazine, 40(1), 8-9.
  • Epstein, L., Nazario, A., & Yu, B. (2009). Evaluation of evidence in evidence-based practice and how library science can help. Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, 12(1), 32-41.
  • Soto, G., Yu, B., Morton, J. (2008). Effectiveness of multifaceted narrative intervention on the stories told by a 12-year old girl who uses AAC. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 24(1), 76-87.
  • Soto, G., Yu, B., Henneberry, S. (2006). Supporting the development of narrative skills of an eight-year old child who uses an augmentative and alternative communication device. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 23(1), 27-45.


  • 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award, California Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • 2009 SFSU Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education Distinguished Doctoral Student
  • 2008 Spencer Foundation Mentored Research Fellowship for Doctoral Research