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Katya Hill has twenty years of AAC clinical and teaching experience. Her interest in AAC and assistive technology started when she was working with children with significant disabilities in the public schools and AAC was emerging as a field. As the use of AAC interventions expanded and the number of technology interventions increased she became aware of the growing complexity of the decision-making process and need for evidence to support clinical decisions. Hill's clinical experiences led to a keen desire to conduct research to develop methods to measure AAC performance and outcomes. She found that the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh to offer the most student-centered, multidiscipline and collegial doctorate program in the country to launch this area of research. Hill has mentored student research projects that resulted in over 20 student papers being accepted for publication or presentation.