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Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Hatch received her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the CLDS, Dr. Hatch was a school-based speech and language pathologist and an assistive technology specialist.


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • M.S., California State University, Hayward, Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • B.S. Skidmore College, Dance

Credentials and Licensures

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2009, Nathaniel Otis Owings Speech and Hearing Sciences Time-Limited Scholarship
  • 2010, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Graduate Education Advancement Board’s Impact Award

Selected Publications

  • Erickson, K., Hatch, P., & Clendon, S. (2010). Literacy, assistive technology, and students with significant disabilities. Focus on Exceptional Children, 42(5), 1-16.
  • Erickson, K., Hanser, G., Hatch, P., & Sanders, E. (2009). Research-Based Practices for Creating Access to the General Curriculum in Reading and Literacy for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities. Monograph prepared for the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Assessing Special Education Students (ASES) State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS).
  • Hatch, P. (2009). The effects of daily reading opportunities and teacher experience on adolescents with moderate to severe intellectual disability. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Hatch, P. (2009). Functional literacy: What does that really mean? Ablenet’s Thoughtful Conversations Newsletter.

Research and Scholarly Interests

Penny Hatch