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

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Woolfolk Distinguished Lecture Series

Join us Friday, March 30, 2018 | BMC 5.208 | 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

Title: What do language disorders reveal about the brain? From classic models to network approaches
Past approaches to the study of language and the brain have focused largely on the contributions of Broca's and Wernicke's areas. By using advanced neuroimaging techniques with individuals who have aphasia, we have now learned that language is an extraordinarily complex system that requires an extensive and interactive network of brain regions to sustain it. We have also learned that an intricate system of fiber pathways connect these regions together and has been underestimated in terms of its importance in supporting language. This information has advanced our understanding of how the brain processes language in important ways, while inviting future investigations to embrace novel approaches to the study of brain-behavior relationships.

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

Title: Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children: Technology Innovations, Research, and Evidence-based Practice
The presentation will highlight the development of and research into recent technology innovations that facilitate language and communication in children with moderate-to-severe Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In addition to the role of animation in the processing of graphic symbols for verbs and prepositions, the use of scene cues to foster directive following will be discussed. Newly developed Applications will be shared along with research into the repurposing of general consumer mobile technologies that meet the communication needs of children with ASD. Next, the presentation will feature the Visual Immersion System™, a comprehensive assessment and treatment framework proposed by our clinical/research team to promote comprehension and expression for this population. The concluding section will address evidence-based practice with particular emphasis on evidence-based information sources.

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.