Communication Sciences & Disorders
Every basic interaction with friends, family, and co-workers depends on the ability to communicate effectively. Helping people overcome challenges associated with speech, language, and other communication disorders provides the framework for an amazing career.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders combines classroom learning with clinical experience to prepare you for a meaningful and rewarding career in speech-language pathology, audiology, occupational therapy, or related disciplines. Our Undergraduate Program immerses you in skills and environments that provide a solid framework for further study or a job in the field after graduation. The department’s Graduate Program is nationally ranked and has a 100% employment rate. We also offer a Health Communication program that qualifies you to serve as a bridge between scientists, clinicians, and the public.
Real-world, collaborative training opportunities abound at Emerson, including our on-campus Robbins Center, which provides evaluation and treatment services for children and adults with communication disorders and differences. These experiences are augmented by clinical fieldwork at any of more than 100 clinical sites in the greater Boston area. Guided by the exceptionally committed experts on Emerson’s faculty, your training will qualify you to make a tangible, positive difference in the lives of others.
The CSD Executive Committee, which administers the program, consists of:
Amit Bajaj, Undergraduate Coordinator
Sandra Cohn Thau, Graduate Program Director & Director of Clinical Education
Daniel Kempler, Program Coordinator
Betsy Micucci, Director of Clinical Programs
Associate Professor Joanne Lasker shows graduate students tools for augmentative and alternative communication.
Katie O'Neil '09, '11
Katie O'Neil '09, '11 reveals why she chose speech pathology and how giving her students communication tools makes her feel. Watch now »
Grossman studies facial expression to aid people with autism
In her research, Communication Sciences and Disorders Assistant Professor Ruth Grossman wants to address some of the communication problems that children with autism face as they interact with others at home and school.