About Betty Yu




Associate Professor


Special EducationGraduate College of Education


Burk Hall (BH)


Office Hours: 

Tuesday: 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Wednesday: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

Please call 510-338-1001 or email cdinfo@sfsu.edu to schedule a meeting.


At SF State Since:



Betty Yu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communicative Disorders. Before joining the faculty at San Francisco State, she practiced as a speech-language therapist primarily serving young children and their families in minority communities. Her research interest is in how children's language development interfaces with the development of sociocultural competence. Her current research focuses on the communication experiences of children on the autism spectrum and their families within bilingual contexts (more information on the Autism & Heritage Language Research website). She is a member of the Conversation Analysis Research in Autism (CARA) research group. She teaches courses related to language development, atypical language development, cultural and linguistic diversity, intervention in young children, and counseling in Communicative Disorders. The emphasis of her clinical instruction is on the provision of family-centered services to support communication development in children on the autism spectrum. She is the co-director of Project Common Ground, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to prepare speech-language therapists to work effectively with diverse children on the autism spectrum. She is currently the Chair of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Asian Pacific Islander Caucus

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”





  • Kashinath, S., & Yu, B. (Expected Publication 2017). Embedding intervention strategies within everyday family routines. In M. Siller & L. J. Morgan (Eds.), Handbook of Family-Centered Practice for Very Young Children with Autism. New York: Springer.


  • Yu, B. & Luo, F. (Expected Publication 2017). Augmentative and alternative communication. In G. Hao & Z. Shao (Eds.), Autism spectrum disorders: Assessment and intervention. Chongqing, China: Chongqing Publishing Group. (Will be published in Chinese)


  • Epstein, L., Solomon-Rice, P., & Yu, B. (Expected Publication 2017). Speech/Language Impairments and Communication Disorders. In Y. Bui & E. L. Meyen (Eds.), Exceptional children in today's schools: What teachers need to know.


  • 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.


  • Yu, B. (2016). Code-switching as a communicative resource within routine, bilingual family interactions for a child on the autism spectrum. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 1(14), 17-28.


  • 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.


  • Solomon-Rice, P. & Yu, B. (2012). ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologists Pursuing Doctoral Degrees in Related Areas: An Untapped Doctoral Shortage Resource?Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, 15(2), 53-58.


  • 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.


  • Yu, B. & Kashinath, S. (2011). Family-centered care and other labors of love: Culturally competent service delivery for young children and their families.CSHA Magazine, 41(1), 12-13.


  • Yu, B. (2010). Achieving cultural reciprocity in early intervention through a recommitment to family-centered care.CSHA Magazine, 40(1), 8-9.


  • Epstein, L., Nazario, A., & Yu, B. (2009). Evaluation of evidence in evidence-based practice and how library science can help.Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, 12(1), 32-41.


  • Soto, G., Yu, B., Morton, J. (2008). Effectiveness of multifaceted narrative intervention on the stories told by a 12-year old girl who uses AAC.Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 24(1), 76-87.


  • Soto, G., Yu, B., Henneberry, S. (2006). Supporting the development of narrative skills of an eight-year old child who uses an augmentative and alternative communication device.Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 23(1), 27-45.