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.