Doctor of Philosophy, Speech and Language Pathology, University of Michigan, 1989
Master of Science, Speech and Language Pathology, University of Michigan, 1984
Bachelor of Arts, English, Spelman College, 1982
Language development and language disorders in high risk populations
Early literacy and language interactions
African American child English
African American student achievement
Julie A. Washington is the chair and a professor in the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders.
In addition, Washington is co-director of the Center for Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy, a multi-disciplinary initiative focused on children and adults who struggle with language and literacy, particularly those growing up or living in urban settings.
Her work focuses on understanding cultural dialect use in African American children with a specific emphasis on the impact of dialect on language assessment, literacy attainment and academic performance.
Her work with preschoolers has focused on understanding and improving the emergent literacy skills necessary to support later reading proficiency in high-risk groups, with a special focus on the needs of children growing up in poverty in urban contexts.
Currently, Washington is a principal investigator on the Georgia Language Disabilities Research Innovation Hub, funded by the National Institutes of Health – Eunice Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. This research hub is focused on improving early identification of reading disabilities in elementary school-aged African American children and includes a focus on children, their families, teachers and communities.