Welcome Message

Karen HelferWelcome to the Department of Communication Disorders and our website. This website will provide you with important information about our faculty and staff, our degree programs and their associated curricula, the research activities of our faculty and students, and a wealth of other information about the Department, its faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Our faculty are involved in cutting-edge research activities focusing on the normative processes underlying speech, language, and hearing abilities, the effects of disorders and/or differences in any of these areas on communication function, and the best approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of communication disorders. We offer a number of degree programs, including a B.S. degree in Communication Disorders, a M.A. degree in Communication Disorders, an Au.D. degree in Audiology, and the Ph.D. degree in Communication Disorders. In this latter degree program students can elect to complete their degree programs in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. All of our classes are taught by dedicated teachers who are passionate about both teaching and student learning. Our faculty are also engaged in important and valuable outreach activities that extend to our colleagues in the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, as well as 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 professionals. 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 this brief introduction will provide you with an overview of our Department and the activities of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni that will entice you to delve deeper into our website. I trust that the information that we have provided will be helpful in addressing the questions that may have brought you to our website; however, if it does not provide 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.
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Disorders