Communication has a profound effect on what we do as human beings and on our quality of life. The Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to the study of both normal and disordered communication. It has a rich history of preparing researchers to advance the knowledge base in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders and clinicians to work with individuals with communication disorders from linguistically and culturally diverse populations across the lifespan.
The Department offers a wide range of academic programs including:
In the Spotlight
The Department of Communication Disorders partnered with the College of Nursing for an interprofessional education (IPE) event held in the nursing simulation lab in Springfield Center. The clinical focus for the day was on Parkinson’s Disease.
Professor and Department Chair of Communication Disorders Karen Helfer and colleagues have received a new five-year, $2 million NIH grant to investigate the idea that what middle-aged adults perceive as hearing loss may instead be an early age-related change in listening effort.
Pioneer Valley residents with Parkinson's Disease learn vocal training techniques from UMass Amherst Communication Disorders graduate students, instructed by Clinical Assistant Professor Lisa Sommers.