Dr. Beverly Wulfeck passed away September 9, 2017 after a long 3-year battle with cancer. Dr. Wulfeck was an internationally recognized scholar, educator, researcher, and mentor who had a long history at San Diego State University. Receiving her credentials as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist from UC Santa Barbara, she joined the SDSU faculty 1976 as a Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor and subsequently served as the Coordinator of the Clinical Training Center.
She took a hiatus in her clinical practice to train under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Bates at UC San Diego where she completed her Ph.D in 1987. She returned to SDSU in 1994 as a faculty member in the Department of Communicative Disorders – now known as the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS). Dr. Wulfeck served as the Director of SLHS from 2004-2014, when she retired from SDSU. During this time, she continued a close relationship with UCSD, maintaining a Research appointment in the Center for Research in Language. Dr. Wulfeck’s research focused on real-time processing and brain imaging techniques to examine the neural correlates of language and cognitive processing in typical children and adults, adults with aphasia, and children with neurodevelopmental impairment.
Dr. Wulfeck was a founding member of the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders (JDP-LCD) and served as the program’s SDSU director from 1997 until her retirement in 2014. For her services and accomplishments as an educator, Dr. Wulfeck was awarded the SDSU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions for the College of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Wulfeck shaped the lives and curriculum of SLHS and the JDP-LCD with integrity and compassion.