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 Sarah Poissant has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders. She assumes the position previously held by Professor Karen Helfer, who stepped down to begin her work in the Chancellor's Leadership Fellow program.

Howard Shane

Communication Disorders alumnus Howard Shane ’69 ‘72MA recently received the Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) at its annual Founders Breakfast on November 22 in Orlando, FL. The Kleffner Award is the organization’s highest honor, and recognizes an individual’s outstanding contributions to communication sciences and disorders over a period of at least 20 years.

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The Department of Communication Disorders is training future generations of speech-language pathologists to better serve their clients.