Julie A. Washington, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders at Georgia State University (GSU). In addition, Dr. Washington is affiliate faculty of the Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy focused initiative and a Co-Director of the Urban Child Study Center at GSU. Dr. Washington’s work focuses on understanding language variation in African American children with a specific emphasis on the impact of this variation on language assessment, literacy attainment, and academic performance of children growing up in poverty in urban contexts. Currently, Dr. Washington is Principal Investigator on a Language Disabilities Research Innovation Hub funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. This research hub is focused on improving identification and diagnosis of reading disabilities in low income, elementary school aged African American children.