The Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR) is pleased to announce the selection of Julie A. Washington, PhD, as a new editor-in-chief of the Language section of the publication. Dr. Washington will begin her term on January 1, 2023, succeeding Stephen Camarata, PhD.

Dr. Washington is a professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). She also serves as the director of the California Learning Disabilities Research Innovation Hub and the Language Variation, Poverty, and Academic Success Lab at UCI. Her work focuses on understanding the role of cultural dialect in assessment, identifying reading disabilities in African American children, and examining the relationship between reading and early language skills in children growing up in poverty.

Dr. Washington’s Background

Dr. Washington has served in various roles with the ASHA Journals for more than 30 years and previously served as associate editor (now editor) for the Language section of JSLHR from 1995 to 1998. More recently, she has served as a guest editor for JSLHR and the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (AJSLP) and has served on the editorial board for JSLHR this year. In total, she has served an editor or reviewer for more than a dozen journals.

Dr. Washington has published more than 20 articles for the ASHA Journals from 1992 to 2019 and received the Editor’s Award from Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS) in 2018. In total, Dr. Washington has written or co-authored more than 60 articles and book chapters throughout her career, and her work has more than 3,700 citations.

Dr. Washington earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College and earned a master’s degree and a doctoral degree (PhD) in speech and language pathology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Washington’s work in African American English in schools has been highlighted in The Atlantic.


JSLHR publishes peer-reviewed research and other scholarly articles on the normal and disordered processes in speech, language, hearing, and related areas. Articles are published in Speech, Language, and Hearing sections, each with their own roster of editors and editorial board members.

JSLHR has been published since 1991, the merger of two previous journals active since 1936 and 1958. You can read more than 60 years of articles in JSLHR’s archive or check out the latest issue.

Dr. Julie A. Washington can be reached at She welcomes your input and suggestions on how JSLHR can best serve the language and communication community—and the discipline of communication sciences and disorders at large.