Judy K. Montgomery received her BS and MA degrees in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and California State University-Long Beach respectively. She received her PhD from Claremont Graduate University in Language and Cognition. Currently, she is a professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department in the College of Health Sciences at Chapman University in Irvine, CA.
Her career as a speech language pathologist includes extensive clinical experience with children in public schools, in higher education as a professor in special education, literacy, and communication disorders. She was a speech language clinician in Los Angeles Unified and Santa Ana Unified School Districts, Director of the AAC Center, Principal and Director of Special Education in Fountain Valley School District in California for 21 years. Today, she teaches graduate courses in child language and literacy at Chapman and is the executive director of the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center.
Dr. Montgomery is active in professional organizations, having served as president of five national professional groups including ASHA in 1995. She is a Fellow of ASHA and received the ASHA Honors in 2010. In 2008, she received the Annie Glen Award for Outstanding Leadership in Speech Language Pathology in Schools. Montgomery received the Scudder Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service at Chapman University twice. She is a clinical coordinator for Healthy Hearing, a healthcare initiative with Special Olympics Worldwide to provide hearing screening for athletes with intellectual disabilities in 70 countries.
Dr. Montgomery has authored or co-authored over 30 articles, four books, and eight therapy materials including The Bridge of Vocabulary, START-IN, Funnel Toward Phonics, and one standardized test — The Montgomery Assessment of Vocabulary Acquisition (MAVA). She is the editor-in-chief of Communication Disorders Quarterly Journal. She is an active member of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) and presents frequently at national conferences and conventions. Montgomery is a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and serves on the American Board of Child Language and Literacy Disorders (ABCLLD).