Communication Disorders

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

University of Massachusetts Department of Communication Disorders faculty Kelly Richardson

Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders Kelly Richardson recently received a three-year, $461,000 early career research award from NIH’s National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders to study two different approaches to treating speech and voice symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor of Communication Disorders Karen Helfer

Professor and Chair of Communication Disorders Karen Helfer is among the record eight UMass Amherst faculty members and administrators who have been chosen to attend the 2018-19 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) institutes, a leadership development program for women, according to John McCarthy, interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Featured Video

Communication Disorders students are going Beyond the Classroom to enrich and advance their education & future careers. These ambitious graduate students spent the last several months volunteering their time to create a presentation educating the Hadley Police Department on how to recognize a person with a traumatic brain injury.