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

University of Massachusetts Department of Communication Disorders faculty Jill Hoover

The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences is pleased to announce that Jill Hoover, Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders, is the winner of the 2018-19 College Outstanding Teacher Award.

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. 

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Healing Harmonies is an all inclusive choir for those who have trouble expressing themselves verbally. It was founded in the summer of 2018 by members of the SPHHS Communication Disorders department. They will have their first public performance on Saturday March 30, 2019 at 1:00pm in the Northampton Center for the Arts.