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 in conjunction with the UMass Amherst Stroke Support Group will host Broken Chords, Healing Harmonies, a concert to raise awareness of individuals with communication impairments and the healing power of music, on Saturday, March 30, from 1:00 – 2:15 pm in the Northampton Center for the Arts.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor of Communication Disorders Karen Helfer

Karen Helfer, Chair and Professor of Communication Disorders, is one of six UMass Amherst faculty members who have been awarded a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship for 2019. She will work with Michelle Budig, Vice Provost for Faculty Development in the Office of Faculty Development. 

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.