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Welcome to the

Department of Communicative Disorders

The Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island provides academic and clinical programs that lead to the following degrees:

Undergraduate students majoring in Communicative Disorders learn about the scope of communication disorders that are treated by professional speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Understanding of the anatomical, physiological, neurological, linguistic, acoustic, cognitive, social and cultural bases of communication disorders is stressed. During their senior year, students have opportunities to participate in clinical observations and learn about the basic principles of evaluating and treating individuals with communication disorders.

The M.S. program is Speech-Language Pathology prepares students for careers as state licensed (by the Rhode Island Department of Health) and nationally-certified (by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) speech-language pathologists in a variety of work settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. Students in the graduate program are provided with intensive clinical training at both the University of Rhode Island Speech and Hearing Center (located in Independence Square II) but also at a variety of off-campus sites.

We are pleased to announce that the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology has been re-accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association through November 30, 2021.



The Department of Communicative Disorders is pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Crais, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be our first guest speaker of the 2015-2016 academic year. The title of her talk is "Intervention for Children from Birth to Five with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please join us.
Her talk will take place on Monday, October 5th from 7-9 pm in CBLS 100.


Congratulations are in order to our graduates


Welcome to new and returning students


Orientation details for graduate students announced


New professor joins faculty in CMD


M.S. program re-accreditation details


Leslie Mahler featured as one of URI's Big Thinkers