Dr. Nancy B. Robinson

Nancy Robinson

( She/Her/Hers )
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Phone: (415) 405-2170
Email: nancyr@sfsu.edu

Nancy B. Robinson is a professor at San Francisco State University in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences department. In her teaching and research, Dr. Robinson has built curriculum resources in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) including the AAC Conversation Club, a group meeting for young adults to practice conversation skills and to teach future SLPs to be effective communication partners with individuals who use AAC as their primary means of communication. For many years, she worked at the University of Hawaii with the Center on Disability Studies with a team of faculty and students in health, education, and social science who developed interdisciplinary education models to support individuals with disabilities and their families. Recently, Dr. Robinson co-authored a book with Dr. Kathleen Sadao titled Assistive Technology for Young Children: Creating Inclusive Environments. Dr. Robinson and Dr. Gloria Soto have co-directed two personnel preparation grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs. These grants, “Collaborative AAC Services in Inclusive Early Intervention Settings” and “Collaborating for Language, Literacy and Augmentative Systems in Schools” (Project CLLASS), were designed to prepare SLPs and special educators with specialization in AAC. Dr. Robinson and Dr. Soto just published a new book: AAC in the Schools, Best Practices for intervention.

Educational Background

  • Education, Area of Special Education/Early Childhood Special Education, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington - 1987, Ph.D.
  • Speech Communication/Speech and Hearing Sciences, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon - 1975, M.S.
  • Speech Communication/ Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara - 1971, B.S.

Certification and Licenses

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1977- Present)
  • California State License in Speech and Language Pathology, Speech Language and Audiology Licensing Board (1999-Present)

Selected Publications

  • Robinson, N. & Soto, G. (2014). AAC in the Schools: Best Practices for Intervention. Verona, WI: Attainment Company.
  • Sadao, K. & Robinson, N. (2010) Assistive Technology for Young ChildrenCreating Inclusive Learning Environments. Brookes Publishing, Inc.: Baltimore, MD.
  • Sadao, K. & Robinson, N. (2007). Handbook on Developing and Evaluating Interagency Collaboration in Early Childhood Special Education Programs. Supporting Early Education Development Systems (SEEDS), CA: California Department of Education Press.
  • Robinson, N. (2012). The Doctoral degree in Special Education: Contributions to Speech-Language Pathology.Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, Division 10. American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Perspectives, 15, No. 2, 58-62.
  • Robinson, N. & Sadao, K. (January, 2011). Emergent Literacy in Early AAC. California Speech-Language and Hearing Association Magazine, January 10-11
  • Robinson, N. B., Graham, M. S., Epstein, L.  & Graham, B. J. (2008, April 15). Strategic Planning in CSD Programs: The San Francisco State Example. The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Leader.
  • Robinson, N. & Solomon-Rice, P. (2009). Supporting collaborative teams and families in
  • AAC.). In Practically Speaking: Language, Literacy, and Academic Development for Students with AAC Needs. Soto, G. & Zangari, C. (Eds.). Baltimore, MD: Paul H.
  • Brookes.
  • Robinson, N. & Robb, M. (2008). Early communication and assessment: A dynamic process. In Language and Communication Disorders in Children, Sixth Edition. Bernstein, D. & Tiegerman-Farber, E. (Eds). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Sadao, K. C., Robinson, N. B., & Grant, D. (Feb/Mar 2007). It’s all about access: Getting the word out about assistive technology in early intervention. Invited publication. Closing the Gap Newsletter, 25, 6, p. 1, 9-11.
  • Robinson, N. B. & Sadao, K. C. (2005). Person-focused learning: A collaborative teaching model to prepare future AAC professionals. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 21, 2, 149-163.


  • 2014 -  Honors of the Association, California Speech-Language and Hearing Association
  • 2013 -  Fellows of the Association, California Speech-Language and Hearing Association