Patricia A. Swasey Washington, Ph.D., CCC‐SLP

Assistant Professor
NSSLHA Faculty Advisor
Bilingual Emphasis Coordinator

Biography

Dr. Patricia Swasey Washington received a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Spanish from Douglass College, Rutgers University in 1987, an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from William Paterson University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from Temple University in 2010. She has extensive experience as a speech-language pathologist, providing services to monolingual and bilingual individuals in a variety of settings (including school and healthcare). Prior to joining the faculty of the Communicative Disorders Department of West Chester University, Dr. Swasey Washington served as interim director of clinical education and clinical services as well as speech-language supervisor for the Temple University Speech-Language-Hearing Center. Her research focuses on the development of language in Spanish-speaking English Language Learners, cultural and linguistic diversity, and global issues in communication disorders. Dr. Swasey Washington is founder and coordinator of the Bilingual Emphasis Course Sequence in CSD. She regularly presents at local, state, and national conferences, and has publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Education

Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, January, 2010
Dissertation Topic: Factors Affecting Norming: A Developmental Study of Oral Language Measures in Spanish-Speaking English Language Learners

M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (Bilingual emphasis program)
William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, January, 1990.

B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Spanish
Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, May, 1987

Courses

Undergraduate

Class Number Class Name
CSD 204 Speech and Language Development
CSD 163, 363, 463, 166, 266, 366 Undergraduate Seminars
CSD 163, 363, 463 online seminars
CSD 166, 266, 366 online seminars
CSD 333 Language Disorders
CSD 498

Seminar Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Issues in Speech-Language Pathology

Graduate

Class Number Class Name
SLP 551 Graduate Practicum
SLP 553-05 School-based Affiliation
SLP 598

Seminar Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Issues in Speech-Language Pathology

SLP 526 Clinical Articulation and Phonology

 

Language development in Spanish‐Speaking English Language Learners

Language disorders in Spanish‐speaking English Language Learners

 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 1990-present.

Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA), 2012-present.

Licensed, Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Speech-Language Pathology (1999 – present).

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Swasey Washington, P. & Iglesias, A. (2014). Tense shifting in Spanish-speaking English language learners.Communication Disorders Quarterly, 1- 10.

Swasey Washington, P. (2012). Risk-taking and second language proficiency in bilingual Spanish-English children.

eHearsay, 2(2), 18-24.

Swasey Washington, P. & Iglesias, A. (2011). Age or grade as an index of oral language development in Hispanic school-age children. Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Journal, 2, 2011, 33- 48.

Goldstein, B., Fabiano, L., & Washington, P. (2005). Phonological skills in predominantly English-speaking, predominantly Spanish-speaking and Spanish-English bilingual children. Language, Speech, & Hearing Services in the Schools, 36, 201-218.

Goldstein, B., & Swasey Washington, P. (2002). Successful collaborations: The phonology of bilingual children. The ASHA Leader, 7 (5), 6-7.

Goldstein, B. & Swasey Washington, P. (2000). An initial investigation of phonological patterns in typically developing 4-year-old Spanish-English bilingual children. Language, Speech & Hearing Services in the Schools, 32, 153-164.

Invited Presentations

International (Invited)

Swasey Washington, P. (2017). SALT (Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts) para el an á lisis del lenguaje. Invited presentation at the III Congreso Internacional de terapia del lenguaje, San José, Costa Rica​.

Swasey Washington, P. (2017). Cuestiones de diversidad cultural y lingüística en la terapia del lenguaje. Invited presentation at Speech Therapy Day, Universidad Santa Paula, San José, Costa Rica y Estados Unidos

Arenas, Diana & Swasey Washington. Focus group, “Sin Fronteras,” between West Chester University and Universidad Santa Paula, August 2015.

National (Invited)

Swasey Washington, P. (2015, April). Developing vocabulary in young bilingual children. Invited short course presentation at the 69th Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Columbus, Ohio.

Swasey Washington, P. (2015, April). Using storybooks in early intervention with bilingual children. Invited short course presentation at the 69th Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Columbus, Ohio.

Swasey Washington, P. (2014, October). Research using narrative sampling with bilingual children. Invited presentation to the class, LAN 305/505 Introduction to Bilingual/Bicultural Education, West Chester University, West Chester, P.A.

Swasey Washington, P. (2009). Language sample analysis demonstration with SALT. Invited presentation in the Language Disorders Class, West Chester University.

Goldstein, B. & Swasey Washington, P. (2001). Successful collaborations: Research in the field. Invited presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Swasey Washington, P.A., (1994). The speech-language profession: Preparation and prospects. Workshop presented to high school students enrolled in a career development program, Camden, NJ

Swasey, P.A. (1989). Servicing the bilingual population: Use of supportive personnel in assessment and treatment of bilingual individuals. Invited presentation to the Language Disorders class, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Presentations

International (Peer-Reviewed)

Alfelt, A., Finkenaur, R., Ibarra, T., Palange, R., & Swasey Washington, P. (2014, October). Challenges and methods of recruiting Spanish-English bilingual study participants. Poster session presented at the International Conference on Higher Education, Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica.

Fabiano, L. Goldstein, B. & Swasey Washington, P. (2003). Phonological development in monolingual English, monolingual Spanish, and bilingual (Spanish-English) Latino children. Poster session presented at the Child Phonology Conference. Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

National (Peer-Reviewed)

Swasey Washington, P. & Gunter, C. (2019). Study abroad experiences: Challenges and creative solutions. Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Lancaster, P.A.

Swasey Washington, P., Gunter, C., & Castro, V. (2019). Student accountability for cultural competence while studying abroad. Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Lancaster, P.A.

Brodowski, L, Coleman, K., Fedak, E., Fisher, R., Forrester, M., Lynch, A., Washington, J., Washington, M., & Swasey Washington, P. (2018). Clinical experiences in a study abroad context. Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Brown, M., Stetler, R., & Swasey Washington, P. (2018). Impact of study abroad on speech-language pathology students. Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Grillo, G., Koenig, M., & Swasey Washington, P. (2018). Use of clinical simulation across the speech-language pathology graduate curriculum. Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Brodowski, L., Coleman, K., Fedak, E., Fisher, R., Forrester, M., Lynch, A., Washington, J. Washington, M., & Swasey Washington, P. (2017). Similarities and differences of Classroom and clinical experiences between West Chester University and Universidad Santa Paula. Poster presentation at the 10th Annual State System Summit on Inclusive Excellence and International Education, West Chester University.

Moreau, S., Lumbis, A., McIntyre, K., Swasey Washington, P., & Grillo, E. (2017). Estill’s figures and qualities in the global voice therapy model. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Harrisburg, PA.

Swasey Washington, P. & Coleman, K. (2017). Graduate students’ confidence and skills in serving Spanish-speaking English Language Learners. Poster session presented at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Harrisburg, PA.

Swasey Washington, P., Towers, M., Levitz, M. & Simmons, M. (2016). Comparing SLP services across two Central American countries. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Swasey Washington, P. & Arenas, D. Partners in Communication: West Chester University and Universidad Santa Paula. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Swasey Washington, P. (2015, April). Storybook reading for improving language skills of Spanish-English bilinguals.

Poster presented at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Harrisburg, PA.

Alfelt, A., Finkenaur, R., Ibarra, T., Palange, R., & Swasey Washington, P. (2014, November). Challenges and methods of recruiting Spanish-English bilingual study participants. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL.

Swasey Washington, P. (2013, November). Bilingual fairy tales in speech-language therapy. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Swasey Washington, P. & Iglesias. A. (2013, November). Relation among English noun phrase elaboration types and other syntactic measures in Spanish-English bilingual children. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Swasey Washington, P. & Iglesias. A. (2013, September). Tense shifting in Spanish-English bilingual child narratives.

Presentation at the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) Conference, New Brunswick, NJ.

Krieger, S., Cragin, A., Begley, M., Bosnic, T., Kazor, S., Swasey Washington, P., & Iglesias, A. (2013, April). English noun phrase elaboration in Spanish-English bilingual children. Poster session presented at Research Day, West Chester University, West Chester, PA.

Krieger, S., Cragin, A., Begley, M., Bosnic, T., Kazor, S., Swasey Washington, P., & Iglesias, A. (2013, April). English noun phrase elaboration in Spanish-English bilingual children. Poster session presented at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA). Harrisburg, PA.

Swasey Washington, P. (2012, November). Using film for understanding cultural-linguistic diversity with graduate students. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Atlanta,GA.

Swasey Washington, P. & Iglesias. A. (2012, November). Tense-shifting in the narratives of Spanish-English bilingual children. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Atlanta, GA.

Swasey Washington, P. (2012, November). Using fairy tales to support the two languages of English language learners. Poster session presented at the Pennsylvania Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Penn-TESOL). Abington, PA.

Swasey Washington, P. (2012, May). Involving students verbally using science groups. Poster session presented at the NJTESOL/NJBE Annual Conference, New Brunswick, NJ.

Swasey Washington, P. & Iglesias, A. (2012, April). Age vs. grade: Oral language measures with Spanish-speaking ELLs. Poster session presented at Research Day, West Chester University, West Chester, PA.

Swasey Washington, P. & Iglesias. A. (2012, April). Cross-sectional or longitudinal:Oral Language measures with Spanish-speaking ELLs. Poster session presented at Research Day, West Chester University, West Chester, PA.

Swasey Washington, P. & Iglesias, A. (2010, November). Age vs. grade: Oral language measures with Spanish-speaking ELLs. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Swasey Washington, P. & Iglesias. A. (2010, November). Cross-sectional or longitudinal: Oral Language measures with Spanish-speaking ELLs. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Swasey Washington, P., Iglesias, A., & Goldstein, B. (2005, December). Complex syntax in bilingual Spanish-English children. Poster session presented at the Graduate Student Research Symposium, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Goldstein, B., Fabiano, L. & Swasey Washington, P. (2003, December). Phonological development in monolingual and bilingual children. Poster session presented at the Graduate Student Research Symposium, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Fabiano, L., Swasey Washington, P. & Goldstein, B. (2003). Phonological Development in English and Spanish monolingual and bilingual (Spanish-English) children. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Chicago, IL

Swasey, P.A., Oratio, A.R., & Hall-Olsen, K. (1990). A correlational analysis of risk-taking and second language. Poster session presented at the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, East Rutherford, NJ

Swasey, P.A., & Oratio, A.R. (1989, November). A correlational analysis of risk-taking and second language proficiency. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, St. Louis, MO

Center for International Programs Internationalization Awards Review Committee, “Prevention and Screening of Communication Disorders in Costa Rica” ($1,000 for July 1 2019 to June 30 2020).
Role: PI.

College of Health Sciences and YMCA of Greater Brandywine Valley Community Engaged Research Award. Patricia Swasey Washington ($2,000 May 28 to June 17, 2019).
Role: PI

College of Health Sciences International Initiatives Award, West Chester University ($2,500 for summer 2020 Faculty led study abroad to Costa Rica).

College of Health Sciences International Initiatives Award, West Chester University ($1,300 for summer 2019 Faculty led study abroad to Costa Rica).

Student-Faculty Research, College of Health Sciences Award, West Chester University: “Critical Period for Phonological Development in Second Language Acquisition”
Investigators: Sojung Kim, Patricia Swasey Washington, and Alyssa Zimmerman ($1500, 4/2019)
Role: Co P.I

Faculty/Staff-led Study Abroad Program Proposal, Center for International Programs ($2,500 for summer 2015),
Role: Author

West Chester University Faculty Grants Committee, “Child-Directed Speech, Socioeconomic Status, and Knowledge of Child Development in Korean- and Spanish-Speaking Bilingual Mothers,” ($6,209, July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014).
Investigators: Sojung Kim and Patricia Swasey Washington.
Role: Co-PI.

Awards & Activities

Received Chapter Advisor Honors “in recognition of outstanding achievements and commitment as a NSSLHA Chapter Advisor” at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, November, 2016.

Received the Faculty Academic Advisor Appreciation Award presented by the Omicron Delta Kappa and Undergraduate Studies & Student Support Services (spring 2015).

“Gold” status awarded to the WCU National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 under my advisement.

Honored during “Women of Color Day” (spring 2014) for noteworthy contributions to the West Chester University community.

Member, Golden Key International Honour Society, Temple University chapter, Philadelphia, PA, 2007-present.

Future Faculty Fellowship recipient, Graduate School, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2006-2009.

The Outstanding Research Award, the Eleventh Annual Student Awards Assembly, Sponsored by the Alumni Association, for Master’s thesis, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ, May 20, 1990.

Bilingual Emphasis Program Scholarship in Speech-Language Pathology, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ, 1987-1990.

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