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

Students, faculty, and staff will be participating in the 2017 Parkinson’s Unity Walk being held in New York City on Saturday, April 22 to raise funds for research and awareness of Parkinson’s Disease. Team captain Lisa Sommers, Clinical Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders, invites all UMass Amherst students, faculty and staff to join them this year as they try to reach their new fundraising goal of $3,000.

University of Massachusetts Department of Communication Disorders faculty Kelly Richardson

Research by Assistant Professor Kelly Richardson was recently profiled in a Neurology Now article about her work using choral breathing and singing techniques with a Parkinson's support group.

Featured Video

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.