South Africa
Speech and Hearing
  • Professor and Chair, Department of Speech and Hearing Services
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Lecturing and Research: Rehabilitation of Aphasia
  • University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
  • July 2013 - December 2013
  • Fulbright Presentation (.PDF)
  • Curriculum Vitae (.PDF)
  • Photos
  • Email: dkendall@uw.edu

Diane Kendall is Professor and Chair of the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department at the University of Washington and a Research Scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Puget Sound. She has been on the faculty at the University of Washington since 2008 and before then, she was on the faculty at the University of Florida (1998-2008). Dr. Kendall was appointed Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria where she was a Fulbright Scholar (2014).  Prior to her academic career, she practiced as a clinical speech language pathologist working in medical centers and rehabilitation hospitals from 1989-1998.

Dr. Kendall has held over 20 years of research grant funding from Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development to develop a behavioral treatment program for individuals who have suffered a stroke in their left cerebral hemisphere and consequently have a disorder of language called "aphasia". She and her colleagues are now conducting a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of that treatment program.

As a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pretoria in 2014, Dr. Kendall collaborated with faculty and graduate students to study individuals who have bilingual aphasia. That is, when a person who is bilingual (in this case Afrikaans and English) has aphasia, the question arises as to the differential impact of that brain lesion on language function in each language. Their research has been published in the South African Journal of Communication Disorders.  Dr. Kendall continues to engage in research mentorship with masters and doctoral students at the University of Pretoria.

Dr. Kendall is passionately interested in building and supporting new academic programs in speech language pathology and audiology programs through consultation with programs in Rwanda and Saudi Arabia. She hopes to phase out her current research career and transition into full time academic program development in underserved countries. She did a single parent adoption of an infant 15 years ago who has spent her life tagging along with her mother on her international academic collaborations.