Department of Communication Science and Disorders
The field of Communication Sciences and Disorders is also known as speech language pathology. A speech language pathologist (SLP) is a medical professional who diagnoses and treats speech (fluency, voice, articulation) disorders, language disorders, cognitive communication disorders, and swallowing disorders. Speech language pathologists are in high demand. They work in a wide variety of settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, university clinics, private practice, and many other settings. Requirements for becoming an SLP include a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, certification by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and licensure by the state in which the person will practice.
BA, Bridgewater State College
MS, PhD, Emerson College
BA, Assiut University
MS, Worcester State College
MA, PhD, Cairo University
BS, PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MEd, Northeastern University
Susan H. Gray earned her doctorate in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center in New York City. She is a certified teacher, reading specialist and speech-pathologist. She will teach Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD 220), Language Development in Young Children (COMD 250), Understanding Language and Linguistics within the Clinical Process (COMD 391) and Clinical Procedures: An Overview (COMD 480). Her research won the 2013 Jeanne S. Chall Fellowship from the International Literacy Association. She found that adult struggling readers, taught academic vocabulary within a civics curriculum, made greater word reading gains after analyzing words' Latin-Greek, morpheme and syllable structures than after studying whole words within multiple sentence contexts.
She enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and singing.
The department offers a preprofessional program in communication sciences and disorders for students interested in preparation for graduate study in speech-language pathology and/or audiology and for those seeking employment as speech-language assistants. The department's programs include a Bachelor of Science and a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders and, beginning Fall 2017, a Master of Science in Speech/Language Pathology.
The Department’s Speech-Language-Hearing Center provides graduate and undergraduate students with the opportunity to provide speech language therapy to children and adults with communication disorders. Services are provided under the supervision of certified and licensed speech language pathologists.