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Yvette D. Hyter

Yvette D. Hyter, PhD, CCC-SLP

Yvette D. Hyter, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, and Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Western Michigan University, focuses on culturally/linguistically responsive services, and macro level structures affecting participation in daily life. As one of the founding members of the Children's Trauma Assessment Center of Southwest Michigan she addresses social communication skills of children with histories of maltreatment and prenatal alcohol exposure, and prepares transdisciplinary teams to serve those from diverse national, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. She developed a social pragmatic communication assessment battery for young children being implemented in the United States, Greece, and Brazil. Dr. Hyter has served in leadership positions regarding culturally responsive practices and competent global engagement at WMU, ASHA, and the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP). As co-director of the nonprofit organization Cultural Connections: Transnational Research and Education Laboratory, Dr. Hyter and partners develop curriculum units, and teach courses in West Africa and the U.S. Midwest about causes and consequences of globalization on systems, policies, and practices. In 2016, Dr. Hyter and colleagues launched a website that provides information about pragmatics and social communication of African people and the African Diaspora (

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