Welcome to Communication Sciences and Disorders

Speech-language pathology and audiology are exciting professions wherein practitioners provide services for individuals of all ages who have speech, voice, language, swallowing, hearing, and/or balance disorders. Formerly known as the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at West Virginia University offers a preprofessional Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Speech Pathology and Audiology, a professional Master of Science (M.S.) program in Speech-Language Pathology, a professional Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program, and a post-professional Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our newest program, the Ph.D. is specifically designed for expert clinicians who seek a leadership role as a researcher and scholar in the discipline. Both of our professional graduate programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Department News and Events

NEW COURSES: CSD, in collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Education, is offering two new 100% web-based /online courses for speech-language pathologists and school-based audiologists. Both spring semester courses SPA 693I, Auditory Processing Disorders: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment and SPA 693L, Childhood Motor Speech Disorders: Research to Practice will begin on January 12, 2015. The courses may be used for graduate credit, professional development hours, or to maintain ASHA Certification and WV Licensure. Tuition waivers are available, but be sure to register soon!

DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER: Check out the Fall 2014 issue of CSD’s Mouth 'n' Ear newsletter!

DEPARTMENT CLINICS: For more information about the services provided in the WVU Speech and Hearing Centers or to schedule an appointment, please contact Melissa Mitchell at (304) 293-6817 or by email at

MOUNTAIN STATE SPEECH & HEARING CONFERENCE: Sponsored by the WVU chapters of NSSLHA and SAA, the fourth annual Mountain State Speech and Hearing Conference will take place on April 10, 2015, and will be held in the Gluck Theater at the WVU Mountainlair. The speakers will be Dr. Rebecca McCauley from The Ohio State University and Dr. Mary Archer from WVU’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Details to follow. Be sure to save the date!

FACULTY NEWS: Congratulations to CSD Professor Carolyn P. Atkins on being named the 2014 Laddie R. Bell Award recipient for her distinguished service to CEHS, WVU, and the State of West Virginia. Dr. Atkins recently authored Living Life the West Virginia Way, a book that introduces children to facts about the state, the importance of attending college, and ten traits of good character that are demonstrated by West Virginians.

PROGRAM NEWS: CSD welcomes Laura Mochiatti Guijo, a Speech Pathology and Audiology undergraduate student from the Universidade Estadual Paulista in São Paulo, Brazil. Guijo is one of 64 exchange students who are attending WVU for the 2014-15 academic year as part of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Sponsored by the Brazilian government, the program sends the best and brightest students in many different STEM fields to study in the U.S., both to strengthen institutional partnerships between Brazil and the U.S. and to promote global learning.