In MSU's Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, we strive for excellence in understanding communication disorders. Our partnerships with clinics across the state give students hands-on experience working as speech-language pathologists in real-world settings. With a 100% job placement rate, our graduates become scholars, clinicians and leaders in communicative sciences and disorders.
Our research in communication sciences and disorders focuses on communication development and rehabilitation, and the underlying basis of speech and language processes.
Courtney Venker, assistant professor of communicative sciences and disorders, recently launched research focusing on how patterns of non-social attention may affect language development in young children with autism.Read more
The department offers a M.A., Ph.D. and an undergraduate minor with several preparatory classes for students wanting to pursue careers in speech-language pathology, audiology or related disciplines.
Get an inside look at the experiences our students, faculty and alumni take part in and the people they impact every day, including our study abroad program which has been running for over 35 years with a focus on communication disorders in Great Britain.
The Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department is currently home to 12 doctoral students, all with varying interests. We've assembled a little about each of them to gain an insight into their studies; from infant-directed speech to multiple avenues of stuttering research, architectural acoustics to the development of language and disorders.
Eric Hunter currently serves as the Associate Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders as well as the Director of the Trifecta Initiative (a joint research initiative of the College of Engineering, College of Nursing, and the College of Com Art & Science). Dr. Hunter came to MSU from the National Center for Voice and Speech, where he served as Deputy Executive Director for six years.
Cao’s research interests include developmental cognitive neuroscience, educational neuroscience, neural basis of language development and disorders, cross-language differences in reading development and disorders, and neural basis of second language learning in children and adults.
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