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

NEWSLETTER: Be sure to check out the Spring 2015 issue of CSD’s Mouth 'n' Ear newsletter—now available!

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

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS: Thank you to all applicants who took the time to interview with us for admission to the Doctor of Audiology or M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program. The program faculty and staff appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue our admission process.

AudiologyNOW!: CSD faculty members Vishakha Rawool and Jeremy Donai, along with Doctor of Audiology students Kristin Hood, Madeline Parrill, and Mallory Powell, recently presented their research at AudiologyNOW!, the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology, which was held in San Antonio, Texas.

STUDENT ATHLETES SPEAK OUT: The Spring 2015 Student Athletes Speak Out presentations will take place on Thursday, April 2 from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm in room 172 of the WVU Coliseum. Please join us as five of our WVU student athletes share inspirational messages based on their life experiences. These speeches were developed as part of a special section of Professor Carolyn Atkins’ Effective Public Speaking class.

MOUNTAIN STATE SPEECH & HEARING CONFERENCE: Sponsored by the WVU chapters of NSSLHA and SAA, the 5th 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, who will discuss Evidence-Based Treatment of Severe Speech Sound Disorders in Children, and Dr. Mary Archer from WVU’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, who will present Cochlear Implants: Miracle of Modern Science. The one-day conference is offered for .5 ASHA CEUs. Lunch is included with conference registration.

SPA SENIOR AWARDS DAY: Join us at 1:45 pm on Friday, April 24 to celebrate our graduating Speech Pathology and Audiology students at the 2015 Senior Awards Day. In addition to recognizing those who have earned special honors and awards, we will be displaying our Senior Capstone posters, including those that were selected as the Top 12 Senior Capstone Presentations. Please be sure to RSVP with the number of attendees by calling (304) 293-4241 by April 1.

UPDATE: The prefix code for all department courses will change from SPA to CSAD beginning with the Summer 2015 semester. For example, SPA 200 Introduction to Communication Disorders will become CSAD 200 Introduction to Communication Disorders, and so on, for courses in all department programs. Students should search for ‘CSAD’ when selecting courses and registering for upcoming semesters.

SPRING GRADUATION: The Spring CEHS Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 am in the WVU Coliseum. If you plan to participate in the 2015 CEHS May Commencement ceremony, an RSVP is required and must be submitted on or before April 14, 2015.