Betty Yu

Betty Yu

( She/Her/Hers )
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Phone: (415) 338-3429

Dr. Betty Yu is a Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Her research and clinical interests are in how the development of communicative, linguistic and sociocultural competencies among racialized bilingual/multilingual children interfaces with

institutional practices/policies, family socialization, and dominant ideologies about race/language/disability. Another strand of her work focuses on issues of linguistic disability justice, particularly the systemic influences of raciolinguistic discrimination, ableism and pathologization in the field of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS). She is an advisory board member to the Asian Pacific Islander Speech-Language-Hearing Caucus. She is also a co-managing editor of the Journal of Critical Study of Communication and Disability

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 Licenses

  • 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
  • Hanen certified speech-language pathologist for “It Takes Two to Talk”, “More Than Words” and “Talkability”

Selected Publications

  • Yu, B. & Sterponi, L. (2023). Towards Neurodiversity: How Conversation Analysis Can Contribute to a New Approach to Social Communication Assessment. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 54(1), 27-41
  • Sterponi, L. & Yu, B. (2022) Neurodiversity. In A. Church & A. Bateman (Eds.) Talking with Children: A Handbook for Early Childhood Education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Yu, B., Nair, V. K., Brea, M. R., Soto-Boykin, X., Privette, C., Sun, L., Khamis, R., Chiou, H. S., Fabiaon-Smith, L., Epstein, L. & Hyter, Y. D. (2022) Gaps in Framing and Naming: Commentary to “A Viewpoint on Accent Services”. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. doi:doi:10.1044/2022_AJSLP-22-00060. Open Access:
  • Yu, B., Horton, R., Munson, B., Newkirk-Turker, B. L., Johnson, V. E., Khamis-Dakwar, R., Muñoz, M. L., Hyter, Y. (2021). Making Race Visible in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences: A Critical Discourse Analysis. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Yu, B., Epstein, L., Tisi, V. (2021) A DisCrit-Informed Critique of the Difference Versus Disorder Approach in Speech-Language Pathology. In R. Horton (Ed.) Critical Perspectives on Social Justice in Speech-Language Pathology. IGI Global.
  • Yu, B., & Hsia, S. (2018). Inclusion of heritage language learners on the autism spectrum: Lessons from second-generation parents. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 0(0). doi:doi:10.1111/ijal.12233
  • Yu, B. (2016). Bilingualism as Conceptualized and Bilingualism as Lived: A Critical Examination of the Monolingual Socialization of a Child with Autism in a Bilingual Family. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-015-2625-0.
  • Soto, G., & Yu, B. (2014). Considerations for the provision of services to bilingual children who use augmentative and alternative communication. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 30(1), 83-92. doi:10.3109/07434618.2013.878751
  • 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.
  • 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.



  • 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