Specialist Directory

Karla N. Washington, PhD, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C), BCS-CL


University of Toronto, Department of Speech-Language Pathology


160-500 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Karla N. Washington, PhD, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C), BCS-CL, ASHA Fellow

Karla N. Washington, PhD, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C), BCS-CL, is an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati, where she directs the Pediatric Language, Literacy, and Speech (PedLLS) Lab. Her research and clinical interests focus on speech-language development for monolingual and multilingual preschoolers. Dr. Washington is active in NIH- and US Department of Education-sponsored research characterizing children’s expressive language, functional communication, and speech productions. She is an invited member of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech and was the 2021 Chair of ASHA’s Academic Affairs Board. Dr. Washington is an Editor for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools and is an ASHA Fellow.

Areas of Emphasis:

  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity/Bilingual Speakers/English as a Second Language
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Speech Sound Disorders

Other Areas of Emphasis


Ages of Emphasis:

  • Birth to Three
  • Early Education (Ages 3–5)