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

The Department of Communication Disorders partnered with the College of Nursing for an interprofessional education (IPE) event held in the nursing simulation lab in Springfield Center. The clinical focus for the day was on Parkinson’s Disease.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor of Communication Disorders Karen Helfer

Professor and Department Chair of Communication Disorders Karen Helfer and colleagues have received a new five-year, $2 million NIH grant to investigate the idea that what middle-aged adults perceive as hearing loss may instead be an early age-related change in listening effort.

Featured Video

Communication Disorders students are going Beyond the Classroom to enrich and advance their education & future careers. These ambitious graduate students spent the last several months volunteering their time to create a presentation educating the Hadley Police Department on how to recognize a person with a traumatic brain injury.