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Julie Washington, Ph.D.
Program Director in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders
Georgia State University

Julie A. Washington is a professor and the program director in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In addition, Washington is an affiliate faculty of the Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy initiative and the Urban Child Study Center at Georgia State. Her work focuses on understanding cultural dialect use in African American children with a specific emphasis on the impact of dialect on language assessment, literacy attainment, and academic performance. Her work with preschoolers has focused on understanding and improving the emergent literacy skills necessary to support later reading proficiency in high-risk groups, with a special focus on the needs of children growing up in poverty in urban contexts. Currently, Washington is a principal investigator on the Georgia Language Disabilities Research Innovation Hub, funded by the National Institutes of Health – Eunice Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. This research hub is focused on improving early identification of reading disabilities in elementary school-aged African American children and includes a focus on children, their families, teachers, and communities.

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Dyslexia and Literacy Conference Archives - Harvard Medical School 2017

The Dyslexia Foundation's conference Dyslexia and Literacy: Differences within Differences; was held at The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School on October 13th, 2017.  Previews of the sessions from the October 2017 conference can be viewed below.  Full session recordings will be available soon.

Ola Ozernov-Palchik, MS - Neurological Differences in Dyslexia and Literacy

Full Video Session

Julie Washington, Ph.D. -Issue Differences Among African-American Students

Full Video Session

Michael Coyne, Ph.D. - Foundation of Reading Acquisition and Dyslexia: Implications for Early Intervention

Full Video Session

Esther Geva, Ph.D. - Dyslexia and English Language Learners: The Variations among Different Learners

Full Video Session

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Special Thanks and Acknowledgement
Westmark School
for their support of this conference.


Brehm Preparatory School
Neuhaus Educational Center
Wilson Language Training


AIM Academy
Athena Academy
Camperdown Academy
Carroll School
Currey Ingram Academy
The Howard School
Jemicy School
Marburn Academy
The New Community School
The Schenck School
The Southport School
The Summit School
Westmark School


UCSF Dyslexia Center, San Francisco, CA