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Julia Fischer

Interests and Experience

Teaching Experience

  • Professor, UW-Stevens Point (2004-present)
  • Assistant Professor, UW-Oshkosh (1998-2000)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno (1995-1998)

Research Interests

  • Aphasia and Primary Progressive Aphasia
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Professional Experience

  • Speech-Language Pathologist PRN Theda Care Neenah Wisconsin (2001-2002)
  • Speech-Language Pathologist Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Lincoln Nebraska (1992-1993)
  • Speech-Language Pathologist Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Hospital Fishersville Virginia (1989-1992)

Presentation and Publications

Simmons-Mackie, N., King, J., & Beukelman, D. (Eds.). (2013). Supporting Communication for Adults with Acute and Chronic Aphasia. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.



  • Various committees


  • National Aphasia Association Affiliate, Conversation Group for People with Aphasia

Professional Memberships

  • American Speech Language and Hearing Association (1989-present)
  • Wisconsin Speech Language and Hearing Association (2015-present)
  • International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (1994-present)
  • United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (1994-present)

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Best advice you ever received?

Treat others as you would like to be treated.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A doctor or a teacher

Favorite Quote?

Mister Rogers “There are three ways to ultimate success. The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”

One thing about your school that you are most proud of?

The UWSP Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic is an on-campus clinic where students get experience working with clients during their senior year and during their graduate programs. This practicum experience gives students opportunities to apply what they have learned in their classes.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy working with students’ to facilitate their critical thinking and learning the content relevant for their future careers.

A piece of advice for students in your school?

Get to know other students and the faculty in the department via a student organization, faculty office hours, or social events.

Julia Fischer
Interim Assistant Dean - School of Health Sciences and Wellness
Professor - Communication Sciences and Disorders
Department Chair - Communication Sciences and Disorders
Program Director
Co-coordinator of Graduate Programs - Communication Sciences and Disorders

034 College of Professional Studies


Ph.D. in Communication Disorders
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1995

M.Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology
University of Virginia, 1989

B.S. in Communication Science and Disorders
UW-Madison, 1987


CSD 264 - Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Language
CSD 724 - Neuromotor Speech Disorders
CSD 740 - Aphasia and Age-Related Changes
CSD 765 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CSD 791-795 - Graduate Practicum