Kayla Kristensen, MS, CCC-SLP

Position title: Speech-Language Pathologist

Kayla Kristensen, CCC-SLP


Kayla Kristensen is a speech-language pathologist and clinical researcher who provides patient- and family-centered services in the Waisman Center Clinics. She has over seven years of clinical experience on interdisciplinary teams providing comprehensive speech and language assessment, as well as speech and language therapy with individuals using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Kayla also has over seven years of experience collaborating with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in research settings. Currently, she enjoys learning from young adults with Down syndrome and their families within a Waisman Center interdisciplinary research study. Additionally, Kayla works to share information about the impact and outcomes of the Waisman Center AAC-Partnership Program. Kayla provides clinical supervision and mentorship, including through the Clinical Assessment, Screening, Treatment, and Leadership in Evidence-based Practices for Children with Autism (CASTLE Project). One of Kayla’s special interests is increasing cultural responsiveness within speech and language assessment and intervention, including supporting individuals who are bilingual and multilingual language learners who communicate with AAC strategies and supports.


Professional Certification and Education

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Wisconsin State License in Speech-Language Pathology
  • MCH-LEND and Clinical Fellowship: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waisman Center Clinics UCEDD
  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Selected Publications