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

STUDENT REMINDERS OF RECENT CHANGES: The WVU Office of Student Accounts has made important changes to the Fall 2014 payment deadline. All students are now required to pay at least 60% of their fall semester bill by Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Students missing this deadline are at risk of being removed from their scheduled classes. Students are also reminded that, beginning with the Fall 2014 semester, they must be covered by some form of health insurance.

FIRST YEAR FRESHMAN ACADEMY: All incoming freshmen declaring Pre-Speech Pathology & Audiology (Pre-SPA) as a major are required to attend the 1st-Year Academy tour and program sessions to be held on Saturday, August 16, beginning at 1 pm in 809 Allen Hall. Students are reminded that this will take place during move-in weekend and that parking will be difficult. Therefore, this would be a great time to become familiar with WVU’s own Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system if traveling from downtown. The Towers PRT station is the closest one to Allen/Percival Hall.

NEW GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION: CSD will be holding an orientation session for all incoming graduate students in audiology and speech-language pathology on Monday, August 18 from 9 am to 3 pm in 801 Allen Hall.

FACULTY NEWS: CSD welcomes Visiting Assistant Professor Kimberly M. Meigh to the faculty, beginning with the Fall 2014 semester. Dr. Meigh is an expert in neurogenic communication disorders, having coauthored eight research articles that have appeared in the journals Aphasiology and Brain and Language. Her dissertation, which she completed at the University of Pittsburgh, is titled Rule- versus instance-based learning in speech-like behavior: An evaluation of transfer and motor class. At WVU, she will be establishing her own research laboratory.

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

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.

STUDENT NEWS: Congratulations to CSD students Clarice Everett, Jennifer Lyon, Abigail Dolph, and Staci LeMasters on being awarded CEHS scholarships.

STUDENT RESEARCH FORUM: Congratulations to CSD graduate students Mary Weidner, Megan Burgess, and Staci LeMasters for being awarded 1st place in the CEHS Student Research Forum for their poster “Do Children Hold Negative Attitudes Toward Peers who Stutter?” The work was mentored by CSD Professor Ken St. Louis.