Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Communication disorders encompass a wide variety of problems in speech, language, and hearing.

Speech and language impairments include voice disorder, articulation problems, fluency problems, aphasia, phonological problems, and delays in speech or language. Hearing impairments include partial hearing and deafness. We teach students to understand and treat these challenges throughout the entire lifespan of human development from early childhood through the elder years and encourage them to develop a holistic understanding of the communication process and to investigate new ways to expand the mind’s potential to formulate, absorb, and express ideas. We are consistently ranked one of the top programs in the United States. For example, the most recent version of US News and World Report ranked Speech and Language Pathology #7 and Audiology #13.

Upcoming Events

Dr. Sininger's Talk

Join us Friday, February 23, 2018 | BMC 5.102 | 3:00pm
Yvonne Sininger, Ph.D.
Hearing Science Consultant
C&Y Consulting, LLC

Technological Advances Provide Dramatic Improvement in Speed and Accuracy of Pediatric Audiologic Assessments

Recently, advanced technology has been implemented for use with auditory evoked potential measures. These have the much needed capacity to decrease testing time and improve on accuracy of threshold measurements which are particularly important for pediatric diagnostic assessments. New technologies that will be discussed include CE-Chirp stimuli which improves response amplitude, Bayesian weighting for intelligent noise control, Fmp for accurate detection of ABR and “Next Generation” ASSR using CE-Chirps and improved response detection sensitivity. Data and case examples will be used to illustrated the principles.

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Woolfolk Distinguished Lecture Series

Join us Friday, March 30, 2018 | Location TBA | 1:00pm

Nina F. Dronkers, Ph.D.
VA Research Career Scientist
Director, Center for Aphasia & Related Disorders
Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, Davis

Dr. Dronkers' research and clinical interests have always focused on understanding the speech, language, and cognitive disorders that occur after injury to the brain. She and her colleagues have worked extensively with individuals who have aphasia to understand the relationship between areas of the brain affected by injury and the speech and language disorders that ensue. Using novel methodologies, Dr. Dronkers and her colleagues have isolated numerous brain regions that play critical roles in the processing of speech and language, as well as how these relate to other cognitive skills. Her latest work involves analyzing the structural and functional connections that contribute to language and cognitive processing through advanced work with diffusion and resting state functional neuroimaging. (http://www.ebire.org/aphasia/dronkers/)

Ralf Schlosser, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northeastern University
Director of Clinical Research, Center for Communication Enhancement, Boston Children's Hospital

Ralf W. Schlosser holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from Purdue University. He is Fellow of ASHA, AAIDD, and ISAAC, and Founding Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention. He has published extensively on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) interventions and evidence-based practice for children with developmental disabilities in general and autism in particular. In 2015, Ralf was named “Extraordinary Professor” by the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria, in South Africa.

Contact Information

General Phone: (512) 471-4119
Graduate Admissions Phone:
(512) 471-2385
UT Speech & Hearing Center:
(512) 471-3841
Office: CMA 4.114
Fax: (512) 471-2957

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Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers specialization in Audiology, Deafness Studies/Deaf Education, and Speech-Language Pathology. Undergraduate students receive broad academic preparation in the normal processes of communication and its development, as well as in the identification and treatment of communication disorders. Students may choose to pursue a non-professional or professional track.

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Graduate Program

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department has over 250 undergraduate majors, 100 graduate students, and a faculty and staff of 20. Students in the Department hail from all over the nation. Upon leaving the University, our graduates enter the clinical, teaching, and research fields throughout the United States.

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About the Department

Our vision is to be a world leader in research, educational programs, and evidence-based clinical services in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Speech & Hearing Center

The center provides services to individuals with communication problems and serves as a training site for students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.