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

Sarah Poissant

Associate Professor of Communication Disorders Sarah Poissant is among the new 2021-22 cohort of Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows embarking on new initiatives to enhance faculty life at UMass Amherst.

University of Massachusetts Department of Communication Disorders faculty Jill Hoover

Associate Professor of Communication Disorders Jill Hoover is one of two NIH-funded lead investigators for a national study that aims to better understand language and cognition in two groups of children affected by language disorders.

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