Yao is a doctoral student in Informatics (Fall 2016-Present) at the University of California, Irvine. My advisor is Katie Salen. The focus of her Ph.D. research lies at the intersections of instructional design, therapy design, and game design using mobile applications for children with communication impairments. Prior to attending UCI, she worked as a bilingual Mandarin-English speech language pathologist across multiple educational and medical settings (e.g., private school, hospital, outpatient clinic) with children with developmental disabilities and adults with neurological disorders. She completed her M.A. in Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Texas, Austin in 2014, where she worked with Dr. Li Sheng for a master thesis on developing a language screener for bilingual Mandarin-English speaking preschoolers. She received my B.A. in Communication Disorders and Sciences at San Jose State University in 2011.