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

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders Jennifer Mack

Assistant Professor Jennifer Mack has been named a 2021-22 Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Scholar. She'll research the impact of self-disclosure of aphasia on neurotypical listeners. 

Sarah Poissant

Associate Professor and Acting Chair of Communication Disorders Sarah Poissant has been appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee on Evaluating Hearing Loss for Individuals with Cochlear Implants.

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