Yao Du, PhD

Title(s)Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (Clinician Educator)
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
Address1537 Norfolk St.
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    University of California, Irvine, IrvinePh.D.08/2020Informatics
    University of Texas, Austin, AustinM.A.05/2014Communication Science and Disorders

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    Yao Du, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Speech-Language Pathology at the Caruso Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. She is a bilingual Mandarin-English speaking speech-language pathologist who has worked with pediatric and geriatric clients in schools, private practices, hospitals (inpatient and outpatient), skilled nursing facilities, and home health. She also provides consulting for digital health startup companies to develop digital diagnostic and assistive technology tools for children and adults with disability.

    Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, Dr. Du's research seeks to bridge the gap between speech-language pathology and human-computer interaction through the design and evaluation of web, mobile, and voice technology for both children and adults with communication and cognitive disorders. She has presented and published in speech-language pathology, medical informatics, game design, and assistive technology conferences and journals.


    OHNS 303, Telehealth and Assistive Technology (Y1, Spring Semester)
    OHNS 502, Language and Literacy Disorders (Y1, Fall Semester)
    OHNS 506, Autism, AAC, Cognitive Communication Disorders in Children (Y1, Spring Semester)
    OHNS 512, Communication Disorders in Early Childhood (Y1, Summer Semester)
    OHNS 517, Multicultural Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (Y2, Fall Semester)
    OHNS 518, Research/Capstone (Y2, Fall and Spring Semesters)
    OHNS 522, Telepractice and Technology Apps in Speech-Language Pathology (Y2, Summer Semester)

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    1. ChatGPT for Therapy? Opportunities and Barriers for ChatGPT in Speech-Language Therapy. 2023. Du, Y., Xu, J. View Publication.
    2. Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments in Education. Using Multi-Stakeholder Perspectives to Enhance Integration of Mobile Technology for Students with Communication Needs. 2023; 175-230. Lubniewski, K., Price, L., Du, Y., & Soni, N. View Publication.
    3. Typical and Atypical Language Development in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity. Grammatical profiles of Mandarin-English bilingual children at risk for developmental language disorder. 2023; 172-194. Sheng, L., Yang, M., Du, Y., Peña, E., & Bedore, L. View Publication.
    4. ASTER: Automatic speech recognition system accessibility testing for stutterers. 2023. Liu, Y., Li, Y., Deng, G., Xu, F. J., Du, Y., Zhang, C., Liu, C., Li, Y., Ma, L., Liu, Y. View Publication.
    5. "They Can't Believe They're a Tiger": Insights from pediatric speech-language pathologist mobile app users and app designers. Int J Lang Commun Disord. 2023 Sep-Oct; 58(5):1717-1737. Du Y, Lubniewski K, Price L, Breslin G, Thomson P, Jinadasa N, Soni N. PMID: 37219400.
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    6. Listening to Stakeholders Involved in Speech-Language Therapy for Children With Communication Disorders: Content Analysis of Apple App Store Reviews. JMIR Pediatr Parent. 2022 Jan 21; 5(1):e28661. Du Y, Choe S, Vega J, Liu Y, Trujillo A. PMID: 35060912; PMCID: PMC8817219.
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    7. “Alexa, What is That Sound?” A Video Analysis of Child-Agent Communication from Two Amazon Alexa Games. 2021; 513-520. Du, Y., Zhang, K. J., Ramabadran, S. V., Riambon, A., and Liu, Y. View Publication.
    8. Connected Play in Virtual Worlds: Communication and Control Mechanisms in Virtual Worlds for Children and Adolescents. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction. 2021; 5(5):27. Du, Y., Grace, T. D., Jagannath, K., & Salen-Tekinbas, K. View Publication.
    9. Becoming an Exceptional SLP Leader: 16 Speech-Language Pathologists Do Much More Than Talk. When Minority Unites Together, We Become the Majority. In Aurora Corialis Publishing. 2021; 82-92. Du, Y. . View Publication.
    10. “Try Your Best”: Parent Behaviors During Administration of an Online Language Assessment Tool for Bilingual Mandarin-English Children. 2020; 409-420. Du, Y., Sheng, L., & Tekinbas, K. S. View Publication.
    11. Bridging the Gap in Mobile Interaction Design for Children with Disabilities: Perspectives from a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. 2020; 23-24:100152. Du, Y., & Tekinbas, K. View Publication.
    12. Unpacking Meaningful Play in the Clinical Context: Mobile App Use between Children with Disabilities and Their Speech Language Pathologists. 2019; 114-131. Du, Y. View Publication.
    13. In-Home Speech and Language Screening for Young Children: A Proof-of-Concept Study Using Interactive Mobile Storytime. AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc. 2019; 2019:722-731. Du Y, Abbas H, Taraman S, Segar S, Bischoff N. PMID: 31259029; PMCID: PMC6568130.
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    14. From Behavioral and Communication Intervention to Interaction Design: User Perspectives from Clinicians. 2018; 198–202. Du, Y., Boyd, L., & Ibrahim, S. View Publication.
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