Christine Liao, MSW

Senior MCH Program Specialist | UCEDD and MCH TA Teams
Phone: 240-821-9462

Christine Liao, MSW

Christine Liao is a Senior Program Specialist for both the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and UCEDD technical assistance team. Her role is to engage and promote leadership among AUCD Emerging Leaders (current and former trainees, and early career professionals). Christine supervises the two AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns. In addition, she plans all trainee-related events and scholarships for the AUCD Conference, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Meeting, and AUCD Policy Forum during the Disability Policy Seminar.

Christine comes to AUCD with eight years' professional experience serving people with disabilities. She has extensive experience serving the deaf and disability communities in mental health, health care, academic, and community settings in both of her native languages, American Sign Language and English. She has supported deaf refugees through a global non-governmental organization, deaf children and adults with developmental and other disabilities, and adults who became deaf due to brain and/or physical injury. Through these activities, Christine gained experienced in universal design, program planning, community outreach, and community organizing; she also developed expertise in disseminating information using technology accessible to a variety of audiences with limited access to advanced communication systems. She brings intersectionality, cultural and linguistic competence, leadership, and innovative ideas to support the next generation of leaders to serve people with disabilities.

Christine earned her MSW from Arizona State University's School of Social Work, with an emphasis on policy, planning and community organizing. She holds a BS degree in Psychology with a minor in American Sign Language from the University of Washington. Christine is also a former Arizona LEND trainee.

Areas of Interest:


  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Intersectionality
  • Deaf Community
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leadership Development