Yvette D. Hyter is an ASHA Fellow and Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Her research and teaching focus on the influences of culture on communication development and disorders, with emphasis in the areas of (1) pragmatic language and social communication of speakers of African American English and (2) culturally responsive and globally sustainable practices.
As a founding member of the Children's Trauma Assessment Center of Southwest Michigan, Dr. Hyter's clinical concentration is twofold: (1) the social pragmatic language of children with histories of maltreatment and prenatal alcohol exposure and (2) transdisciplinary assessments. She developed a social pragmatic communication assessment battery for young children that is currently being tested in Brazil, Cyprus, Greece, and the United States.
Dr. Hyter serves in leadership positions regarding global practice, diversity, inclusion, and equity. She served 6 years in the leadership of WMU's Steering Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, 6 years as Chair of WMU's College of Health and Human Services Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, two terms as Chair of the Child Language Committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP), and was a member of the IALP Board of Directors. She recently completed two terms as the Coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 17 (Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders).
As Co-Director of a nonprofit, Cultural Connections: Transnational Research and Education Laboratory, Dr. Hyter co-teaches study-abroad courses in West Africa and in the U.S. Midwest about the causes and consequences of globalization on systems, policies, and practices. She has published articles underscoring the need for conceptual frameworks guiding practice in globally sustainable and culturally responsive ways. Dr. Hyter developed a conceptual framework focused on sustainable global practices and recently published a co-authored textbook on culturally responsive practices.