Videos

Why UMass? SPHHS Graduate Students Tell Us

Graduate students from across all SPHHS departments tell us why they love UMass, why they chose to attend, and what their education has given them.

Achieving Health Equity: Upward Bound to Success

In summer 2020, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences launched its Summer Health Equity Fellowship program. The fellowships paired high school students enrolled in the Upward Bound program with SPHHS faculty mentors. The goal is to prioritize workforce development in achieving health equity through paid summer internships.

Public Health & Health Sciences Showcase: Answering the Call in a Time of Pandemic

During UMass Homecoming week, Dean Siega-Riz held a virtual forum featuring the SPHHS faculty, staff, and students who have been leading the coronavirus pandemic response efforts on campus, in the commonwealth, and across the nation. Hear from those who have been directly involved in efforts such as contact tracing, antibody testing, prediction modeling, and health promotion efforts to help track, mitigate, and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Healing Harmonies Sings On

Healing Harmonies is a choir created by members of the Department of Communication Disorders. It is dedicated to helping those who struggle to communicate due to a neurological diagnosis. In March, when much of the country had to shut down due to COVID-19, the choir had to end its in-person rehearsals and cancel its second annual concert. But, despite this change, the choir decided to sing on.

Beyond the Classroom: Crossing Borders

Audiology graduate student Dominique DeFrancesco recounts her trip to Panama to help improve the lives of people experiencing hearing loss. NOTE: This interview and Dominique's travels occurred shortly before the coronavirus outbreak.

Elder Companionship Project: Message for Residents

Students from across all majors and disciplines within the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences share words of comfort with the residents of nursing and rehab facilities, assisted-living residents, and retirement communities.

Elder Companionship Project: Message for Staff

Students from across all majors and disciplines within the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences share words of encouragement and appreciation for the staff caring for residents living in nursing and rehab facilities, assisted-living residents, and retirement communities.

Healing Harmonies

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.

Beyond the Classroom: TBI Recognition Training

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.

Communication Disorders students connect with Parkinson's community

Pioneer Valley residents with Parkinson's Disease learn vocal training techniques from UMass Amherst Communication Disorders graduate students, instructed by Clinical Assistant Professor Lisa Sommers.

Evidence-based practices for improving diagnostics, management and treatment of hearing loss

The Department of Communication Disorders' audiology program fosters evidence-based practices to improve diagnostics, management and treatment of hearing loss.

Training the Next Generation of Speech-Language Pathologists

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

Researchers Study Uneven Hearing Loss

A UMass Amherst study by hearing researchers Richard Freyman and Karen Helfer may result in better treatment options for people suffering from asymmetric hearing loss.

Helping People Communicate at UMass Amherst

Meet Gabrielle Merchant, a graduate student in the The Psychoacoustics Lab at UMass Amherst. Gabrielle's research studies age-related hearing loss and speech recognition, with the goal of fully understanding speech recognition. Visit LabTV for more profiles.