Welcome to the UMass Amherst Department of Communication Disorders website. This website will provide you with important information about our degree programs and their associated curricula, the research activities of our faculty and students, and other details about the Department, its faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Our faculty are involved in cutting-edge research focusing on the normative processes underlying speech, language, and hearing abilities, the effects of disorders and/or differences on communication function, and approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of communication disorders. We offer several degree programs, including a B.S. degree in Communication Disorders, an M.A. degree in Speech-Language Pathology, an Au.D. degree in Audiology, and the Ph.D. degree in Communication Disorders. In this latter program students can elect to complete their degree in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. All of our classes are taught by dedicated instructors who are passionate about both teaching and student learning. Our faculty also are engaged in important and valuable outreach activities that extend to our colleagues in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, as well as to the public. One of our major efforts in the outreach area is the Department’s operation of the Center for Language, Speech and Hearing, which offers clinical services in speech-language pathology and audiology to residents within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and surrounding areas. These clinical services are provided to the public by our graduate students under the direct supervision of certified and licensed speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Individuals who are interested in accessing information about these services can find more information under the Center option listed in the menu bar at the top of each webpage.
I hope that the information that we have provided will be helpful in addressing the questions that may have brought you to our website; however, if you cannot find the information you were looking for or if you would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Karen S. Helfer, Ph.D., CCC-A
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Disorders