Katya Hill, PhD, CCC-SLP

Katya Hill has thirty years of AAC clinical, research and teaching experience.  Her clinical practice with individuals with complex communication disorders motivates her translational research and technology innovations which includes funding from NIH, NIDILRR, foundations and industry partnerships.  She introduced Language Activity Monitoring (LAM) to the field as a data logging feature to measure AAC performance that provides for precision measurement of AAC human-computer interaction and linguistic competence. Current research efforts include translational efforts on testing EEG Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) as an access method for AAC technology, use of BCI implants for computer control, and exploring smart home features for AAC.  In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Hill is the Senior Director of the UPMC Augmentative Communication Program at the Center for Assistive Technology. 

Current Project(s):

Project Leader, Smart Home Service Delivery

Fun Tech Fact Questions & Answers:

Q: Mainstream tech device you can’t live without? Why?  

A: My Android phone. I don’t have a landline. I love being able to take and show photos that are meaningful and remind me about gratitude.