The program in Speech-Language Pathology offers, advanced education and training in the processes of individual human communication (speech, hearing, language and upper aero-digestive disorders); disorders of human communication, and swallowing and remedial procedures for such disorders.
Emphases and interests of the program are reflected in the work of the following faculty: Professor O’Malley– psychoacoustics, including frequency selectivity, two-tone suppression, auditory spectral resolution, pitch, and auditory temporal acuity; Professor Levy– cross-language speech production and perception and second-language speech learning; Professor P. Gordon– language acquisition, psycholinguistics, cognitive development in infants and children; Professor Froud– acquired language pathology, neural correlates of normal and abnormal speech and language; Professor Malandraki--the physiology of swallowing in normal populations and in patients with swallowing disorders, the use of neuroimaging and telepractice in diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders; and Dr. Crowley– Bilingual Speech Language Pathology, and identifying critical factors that help distinguish between speech and language difference and disorders.
Programs leading to the M.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. degrees in Speech-Language Pathology prepare graduates for positions in a variety of professional settings: school systems, community speech and hearing centers, rehabilitation centers, hospital clinics, private practice, state departments of education, health departments, federal agencies, and colleges and universities. The master's program in Speech and Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Because of the program’s central concern with the processes of individual human communication, swallowing and their disorders and management, it has special interests in, and relations with, the fields of psychology, linguistics, anatomy and physiology, acoustics, special education, medicine, and dentistry.
Many of the program’s courses in normal and disordered speech and hearing, and upper aero-digestive processes contribute to professional preparation in speech and language arts, kindergarten through secondary school education, special education, remedial reading, psychology, and various health related professions, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental hygiene, nursing, and hospital administration.