Judith Johnston

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Judith R. Johnston joined the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in 1989 and served as Director from 1989 to 2000. She continued as a Professor from 2000 to her retirement in 2008.  Following retirement, Judith generously offered her invaluable support to our students and faculty as Emerita Professor. Judith passed away on August 26, 2018 and will be fondly remembered for her wise leadership and mentoring that deeply impacted the lives of so many in the School’s community and beyond.

Judith’s research focused on the developmental relationships between language and cognition, and she contributed countless articles and book chapters to furthering our understanding of these relationships. In 2008, she received a lifetime achievement award for research from colleagues at the Symposium for Research in Child Language Disorders for her contributions to the understanding of developmental language disorders.

Her excellence in teaching was also recognized through receipt of the UBC Killam Teaching prize in 2002 and the Canadian 3M Teaching Fellowship in 2003. Furthermore, both Speech and Hearing BC (formerly BCASLPA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association bestowed upon her the Honours of the Association for her outstanding contributions to the field (in 1998 and 2004 respectively).

The impact of your support

All who knew her will sorely miss Judith’s brilliant intellect, dedication and passion for teaching, and unwavering generosity. She has left behind an inspiring legacy that will continue to shape the School and its community in the years to come.

Judith and her loved ones have established the Dr. Judith Johnston Fellowship in Child Language. The terms of the fund will be finalized in consultation with the family. Your gift will continue her legacy at UBC’s School of Audiology and Speech Sciences.

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