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Welcome to the Department of Communication Disorders

The Department of Communication Disorders offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree
in communication disorders and a Master of Science Degree in speech-language pathology.  In addition to offering an exemplary academic program, the Department of Communication Disorders provides its students with rich internal and external clinical experiences. With the largest university clinic for speech-language pathology in Connecticut, Southern students are offered a wide variety of clinical opportunities. The on-campus Center for Communication Disorders provides the communities of the Southern campus and the Greater New Haven area with a wide variety of diagnostic and treatment opportunities in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology.

Southern Connecticut State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color, national origin, or sexual orientation in admission to, access to, employment in, and treatment in its programs and activities.

Graduate Students with Dr. Purdy


The Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #130, Rockville, Maryland, 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The current accreditation cycle expires in November 2018.


Role and Value of Accreditation

ASHA's interest in accreditation is based upon the belief that all professions that provide services
to the public have an obligation to ensure, as far as possible, that services provided by its members
are of high professional quality. One effective way in which this obligation can be met is by establishing appropriate standards of educational quality and by identifying publicly those educational programs
that meet or exceed these standards. Accreditation is intended to protect the interests of students;
benefit the public; and improve the quality of teaching, learning, research, and professional practice.
Through its accreditation standards, the accrediting body encourages institutional freedom, ongoing improvement of educational institutions and training programs, sound educational experimentation,
and constructive innovation (ASHA website).



Davis Hall 012

Phone: (203) 392-5954

Fax: (203) 392-5968

Deborah Weiss, Ph.D., Department Chairperson
(203) 392-5954

Mary Purdy, Ph.D., Graduate Program Coordinator
(203) 392-5959

Kelly Mabry, Ph.D., Undergraduate Advisor
(203) 392-5986


Jennifer McCullagh, Au.D., Ph.D., Chairperson, Graduate Admissions Committee

(203) 392-5961