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.

Faculty
Suzanne Miller
Associate Professor and Acting Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Hart Hall, Room 128
Tel:
508.531.2972
Email: suzanne.miller@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, Bridgewater State College
MS, PhD, Emerson College

Ahmed M. Abdelal
Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Graduate Program Chair
Hart Hall, Room 127
Tel:
508.531.6146
Email: ahmed.abdelal@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, Assiut University
MS, Worcester State College
MA, PhD, Cairo University

Karen Aicher
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Hart Hall
Tel:
508.531.1821
Email: kaicher@bridgew.edu

Karen Aicher received her PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Connecticut. Prior to pursuit of her degree, Dr. Aicher was a clinical speech pathologist for many years. She worked with patients in hospital and rehabilitation settings, students in public schools, and adults in group homes and sheltered work settings. Dr. Aicher’s research has focused on the influence of prior knowledge on language behavior, with a particular focus on
new learning in adults.

Degrees

BS, MS, Bloomsburg State College
MA, PhD, University of Connecticut

Sandra Ciocci
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Hart Hall, Room 129
Tel:
508.531.2628
Email: sciocci@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BS, PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MEd, Northeastern University

Susan H. Gray
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Hart Hall, Room 219
Tel:
508.531.2565
Email: Susan.Gray@bridgew.edu

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. Her research won the 2013 Jeanne S. Chall Fellowship from the International Literacy Association. 

She enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and singing.

Degrees

BS, MS, Boston University
MEd, Harvard Graduate School of Education
PhD, City University of New York

Staff
Joanne Abdallah
Director of Speech, Language, Hearing Clinic
Burnell Hall, 128-I
Tel:
508.531.2372
Email: jabdallah@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, Bridgewater State University
MS, Boston University

Stephanie Mortarelli
Administrative Assistant I
Hart Hall, Room 220
Tel:
508.531.1961
Email: stephanie.mortarelli@bridgew.edu
Acting Chairperson
Dr.
Suzanne Miller
Tel:
508.531.2972
Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Mortarelli
Tel:
508.531.1961
Graduate Program Chair
Dr.
Ahmed M. Abdelal
Tel:
508.531.6146

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.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Hart Hall, Room 220
90 Burrill Avenue
508.531.1226