Department of

Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Communication beyond boundaries

Our department works to advance the science of human communication and its disorders. We seek to understand the science of human communication untethered from the traditional limitations of the field. We make a direct impact on the world through targeted learning experiences and research, while creating an actively inclusive community.

We are committed to evidence-based research and research translation to eliminate communication disparities. Our department is a unique transdisciplinary setting that incorporates teaching, learning, and serving, in a rapidly evolving multicultural environment.

Speech-Language and Hearing Center at Northeastern University
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Operating Hours

Monday-Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Northeastern University

Speech-Language and Hearing Center

Northeastern University Speech-Language and Hearing Center provides assessment, treatment, counseling and referral services to children and adults with hearing, balance, communication and/or swallowing problems.

Our full service center is technologically advanced and staffed with licensed speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and graduate students who work collaboratively with families and caregivers to develop individualized treatment plans.

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Meet the Department Chair

Emily Zimmerman

Dr. Zimmerman is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, as well as the Associate Chair for Research and Innovation. Dr. Zimmerman directs the Speech & Neurodevelopment Lab (SNL).

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About Us


Our five-year vision and plan (2022 – 2027)

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is housed within the School of Clinical Rehabilitation Sciences (SoCRS), which is one of four in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. CSD has eight tenured/tenure-track and five full-time non-tenure track faculty members. Three full, two associate, three assistant professors, one associate clinical and one visiting assistant clinical hold research doctorates (eight PhD, one ScD); four of the tenured/tenure track and the entire full-time non-tenure track faculty hold appropriate terminal professional degrees and certifications (e.g., AuD, MS, MA, CCC-SLP, CCC-A). Tenured/tenure track faculty members conduct research and teach, and most apply a portion of their effort on extramurally funded research grants or contracts. Non-tenure track faculty members focus on classroom and clinical teaching and training, while also contributing to scholarly research and dissemination of information within their profession. All faculty members are actively engaged in service to the department, Bouvé College, the University and wider community.

Programs and associated research activities in CSD have been designed to meet the department’s scope. CSD accepts students into an undergraduate 4-year degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (BS SLPA), two combined majors in SLPA—one with Linguistics and one with Communication Studies, a 4-course minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a 6-course clinical minor in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, a 5-year combined bachelor’s/master’s speech-language pathology degree, and a 2-year master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology. Along with other units, CSD is part of the interdisciplinary certificate program in Early Intervention. Doctoral students interested in working with our esteemed faculty can apply to the doctoral program in Physical Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences. Given the interdisciplinary focus of Northeastern, our students are encouraged to form collaborations across departments that span the entire university.

 This strategic plan addresses our shared vision and goals as a department, and each faculty member brings a unique perspective, skill set, and focus to our community’s engagement with our goals.

Mission

To advance the science of human communication and its disorders, understand the science of human communication, untethered from traditional limitations of the field, and make a direct impact on the world through targeted learning experiences and research opportunities while creating an inclusive community.

Vision

Communication beyond boundaries

Values

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders embraces and upholds the University’s core values of:

Experience: Only through experiences can we truly understand and influence communication sciences and disorders.

Interdisciplinary: This approach unbinds us from limited perspectives and facilitates deepened understanding of communication from many facets and viewpoints.

Inclusivity: We will provide equal access to all learning experiences and prioritize investment in programming to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Global: We encourage understanding of communication sciences from a global and regional perspective.

Partner-driven: Mentoring and support for all levels of students and alumni through engagement in the vast CSD network of alumni, clinics, and research labs around the world. All Department faculty and students guide their professional conduct according to the Core Values of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Our MS SLP program is accredited through the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Areas of Excellence

  • Pediatric Feeding
  • Pediatric Motor Speech
  • Child language development
  • Learning and Memory
  • Adult language learning
  • Neurobiology of language
  • Pediatric and Adult Hearing Loss
  • Pediatric and Adult Auditory Processing
  • Acquired language deficits in adults
  • Acquired cognitive-communication difficulties
  • Brain Health
  • Swallowing Across the Lifespan
  • Communication using augmentative and alternative communication methods
  • Visual Processing
  • Literacy

Strategic Goals

Goal 1 To increase research productivity and facilitate collaboration among faculty in areas of mutual interest and expertise

1.1 To increase extramural funding by submitting more high-caliber research grants, which will be achieved through individual goal sessions with chairs at the start of every semester, collaborative faculty mentoring, and attending university-wide training sessions focused on grant writing.

1.2 To increase visibility of the CSD Department’s research and clinical practices by participating in the SoCRS Rehabilitation Spotlight Series, sharing our department’s successes at the SoCRS and Deans’ Leadership meeting, and increasing participation in interprofessional research across campus.

1.3 To recruit 1-3 PhD student(s) per year into our department through interprofessional doctoral programs, which are currently offered in Personal Health Informatics, Bioengineering, and Human Movement and Rehabilitation.

Goal 2 To provide experiential and interprofessional educational opportunities in Communication Sciences and Disorders grounded in evidenced-based research
2.1 To unleash the power of experiential learning through clinical placements (off campus/on campus/virtual) that are community driven and that foster diversity. We hope to expand local/regional clinical practicum opportunities by engaging in various clinical programs and settings (e.g., Camp Jabberwocky, Confidence Connection, Boston Children’s Hospital ALS program & Autism Language Program) as well as expand the Interdisciplinary Early Intervention Certificate program to include other professions.

2.2 To encourage and provide lifelong learning opportunities that span from undergraduate education through postgraduate continuing education by offering interprofessional continuing education events to current students, faculty, alumni, and off-campus clinical supervisors, and hosting invited speakers as part of research/clinical colloquium/symposium series. Enhance the students’ experience of professional graduate education in MS/SLP and AuD programs

2.3 To create interprofessional on-campus clinic/groups (e.g., reading/math program and/or shared diagnostic equipment) where therapies and assessments are provided by several health professionals in collaboration.

2.4 To create new interprofessional education (IPE) opportunities in academic courses through collaborations within the newly found SoCRS (e.g., interprofessional simulations (e.g., virtual and in-person).

Goal 3 To leverage and expand diversity, equity and inclusion across our academic coursework, clinical training, and community outreach.

3.1 To encourage bi-directional dialogue between faculty and students to create a healthy learning environment for all by having a Town Meeting once per semester.

3.2 To emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion in all academic and clinical courses and in clinical practice (in-house, off-campus) as documented on course syllabi and students’ clinical practice (in-house, off-campus) written performance evaluations.

3.3 To increase and retain students, staff, and faculty from historically under-represented groups by promoting our field to high school students from diverse backgrounds (e.g., Bouve College high school summer program) and recruiting faculty from diverse settings. We will retain 90% of diverse faculty and students.

3.4 To support post-graduation success of our students from historically under-represented groups in navigating the CF process and career choices through our alumni network by creating an alumni-new graduate mentoring system.

Goal 4 To create and expand current local, regional, national and global networks and opportunities in clinical and research education in CSD.

4.1 To expand our presence in the local community by developing an annual CSD community talk series.

4.2 To expand national and international research collaborations (South Africa, India, South Korea, Israel, London, or Charlotte campus) in our department’s areas of excellence.

4.3 To expand the MS SLP program to one of the regional campuses.

Praxis Pass Rate

Praxis examination pass rates for the previous three periods/testing cycles for graduates of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program based on available ETS data.

3-year average Praxis pass rate = 94.92%

Academic year# Taking exam# Passed exam% Passed exam rate
2023-2024292793%
2022-2023595797%
2021-2022302893%

Program Completion Rate

An average program completion rate for graduate students in the last 3 years in relation to program’s published expectation for length of time for students to complete the degree, based on enrollment data.

3-year average program completion rate = 95.88%

Academic YearCompleted within expected time frameNot completed within expected time frameNot completedCompletion rate
2023-2024480394%
2022-2023842197%
2021-2022311097%

Learning outcomes by program

Master of Science
Speech-Language Pathology

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology knowledge and skills outcomes are outlined in these American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) documents:

2020 Standards and Implementation Procedures for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology »

Standard IV — Knowledge Outcomes »

Standard V — Skills Outcomes »

Bachelor of Science
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology program learning outcomes are as follows:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of biologic sciences, statistics, & social/behavioral sciences, bases as evidenced by the ability to: State how principles of biologic sciences, statistics, & social/behavioral sciences apply to evaluation and/or treatment of communication disorders.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic communication and swallowing processes, including their biologic, neurologic, acoustic, psychologic, developmental, linguistic, & cultural bases as evidenced by the ability to: Describe biologic, neurologic, acoustic, psychologic, developmental, linguistic, & cultural aspects of basic communication and swallowing processes.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills bases as evidenced by the ability to: Formulate appropriate clinical goals for individuals who present with a communication disorder.
  • Demonstrate professional written & verbal communication skills as evidenced by the ability to: Identify primary characteristics of individual communication disorders.

Bachelor of Science
Linguistics and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program learning outcomes follow the outcomes listed above for the Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program, with the addition of program learning outcomes for Linguistics.

Bachelor of Science
Communication Studies and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program learning outcomes follow the outcomes listed above for the Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program, with the addition of program learning outcomes for Communication Studies.

Council on Academic Accreditation — Accredited for Speech-Language Pathology

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in Speech-Language Pathology (residential) at Northeastern University is accredited by:

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association,
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The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to upholding Northeastern University’s Policy on Equal Opportunity, which prohibits discrimination and retaliation on the basis of protected categories.

We strive to create a diverse, inclusive community and do not tolerate discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability, source of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran or active military status, genetic information, or any other protected category.

Program Admissions and Application Contacts

For questions pertaining to CSDCAS and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology applications please contact:
CSDCAS
617-612-2030
[email protected]

For questions pertaining to academics/program of studies in Speech-Language Pathology please contact:
Sarah Young-Hong, Program Director
617-373-3698
[email protected]

Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic Contacts

Clinic Location
30 Leon Street, Boston, MA
503 Behrakis Health Sciences Center

Front Desk: 617-373-2492
Fax: 617-373-8756

Consult Speech:
Caren McDonough, Clinic Director
[email protected]