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

FACULTY NEWS: CSD welcomes Visiting Assistant Professor Kimberly M. Meigh to the faculty. 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 incoming graduate student Blake Scollick on being named a CEHS Outstanding Senior and to recent M.S. graduate Sara Neville on her selection as the William G. Monohan Award recipient for outstanding scholarship. Congratulations also 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.