Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

The Department of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences is an international leader in in research, clinical education, undergraduate education, and engagement at regional and national levels. Areas of established excellence include child speech and language and hearing with emerging stature in adult language and medical speech-language pathology. The Department includes full clinics in audiology and speech-language pathology as well as a preschool. With 22 tenure/tenure-track faculty and 18 clinical/research faculty, the Department has the largest overall graduate program in the College across M.S. – SLP. AuD, and PhD degrees.

Outstanding Research

As one of the first departments of its kind when established eight decades ago, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences has been a pioneer in basic and translational research. A unique strength of the Department’s research portfolio is an emphasis upon underlying processes, not defined by diagnoses or treatment. Consequently, faculty are especially interdisciplinary including engineers, linguists, psychologists, and neuroscientists. Most faculty receive funding by NIH with additional support from NSF, foundations, and corporations.

Leadership and Partnership

Mirroring the interdisciplinarity of its faculty, the Department has especially rich connections with other departments, centers, and institutes. These partnerships include:

  • Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and NeuroRehabilition
  • Center on Aging and the Life Course
  • Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Indiana University School of Medicine – West Lafayette
  • Institute for Integrative Neuroscience
  • Life Science MRI Facility
  • Nursing Center for Family Health
  • Program in Linguistics
  • Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
  • Women’s Global Health Institute

Excellence in Education:

  • Graduate Students (30 Phd, 35 AuD, 70 M.S. – SLP)
  • Undergraduate Students (300)

Locally and nationally recognized Outreach and Engagement

  • Department-specific initiatives (annual events): Steer Lecture, Ringel Symposium, Crossroads Conference.
  • Collaborations with Greater Lafayette Area Special Services (schools)

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