History

The Department of Communication Disorders has a long and illustrious history at UMass Amherst. Originally part of the Department of Speech, faculty in the field of Communication Disorders helped create the Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing in 1959. The clinic has now served the needs of individuals with communication disorders and differences for over 50 years.

In 1975, the Department was officially established as a part of the newly developed School of Health Sciences. The Department later joined the School of Public Health and Health Sciences when the school was reorganized in 1993.

Today, the Department flourishes under the leadership of Department Chair Karen Helfer and offers two professional degree programs, as well as a bachelor’s (B.S.) and a Ph.D. degree program. The two professional degree programs (the Master of Arts  (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)) are fully accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.