Stacy Betz, Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Office: 232 Memorial Hall
Stacy Betz is an Associate Professor and currently serves as Chair and Program Director of the
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She earned her B.S. in Cognitive Science from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her M.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of
Washington, and her Ph.D. in Child Language from the University of Kansas. Dr. Betz joined
Western Illinois University in 2012 and teaches courses in assessment and treatment of child
language disorders as well as typical child language development.
Dr. Betz's research interests include the assessment of child language disorders,
particularly in school-aged children. Findings have shown that the diagnostic criteria used
for identifying childhood language impairments vary widely among researchers and clinicians.
Dr. Betz's research aims to identify the linguistic characteristics that most accurately diagnosis
children with language impairments and to advocate for the use of these criteria to ensure children
receive the most appropriate services. Another aspect of Dr. Betz's research focuses on the scholarship
of teaching and learning within the field of communication sciences and disorders as well as increasing
the number of doctoral level professionals qualified to teach at the university level.