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Welcome to the Department of Communication Disorders

The Department of Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree in communication disorders and a Master of Science Degree in speech-language pathology.  In addition to offering an exemplary academic program, the Department of Communication Disorders provides its students with rich internal and external clinical experiences. With the largest university clinic for speech-language pathology in Connecticut, Southern students are offered a wide variety of clinical opportunities. Three on-campus clinical service programs, The Center for Communication Disorders, The Access Network, and Southern Connecticut Audiology Services, provide the communities of the Southern campus and the Greater New Haven area with a wide variety of diagnostic and treatment opportunities in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology.


Graduate Students with Dr. Purdy


The Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology at Southern Connecticut State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 220 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland, 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The current accreditation cycle expires in November 2018.


Role and Value of Accreditation

ASHA's interest in accreditation is based upon the belief that all professions that provide services
to the public have an obligation to ensure, as far as possible, that services provided by its members
are of high professional quality. One effective way in which this obligation can be met is by establishing appropriate standards of educational quality and by identifying publicly those educational programs
that meet or exceed these standards. Accreditation is intended to protect the interests of students;
benefit the public; and improve the quality of teaching, learning, research, and professional practice.
Through its accreditation standards, the accrediting body encourages institutional freedom, ongoing improvement of educational institutions and training programs, sound educational experimentation,
and constructive innovation (ASHA website).




Southern Connecticut State University
Department of Communication Disorders
501 Crescent Street, Davis Hall 012
New Haven, CT  06515

Phone: (203) 392-5954
Fax: (203) 392-5968

Deborah Weiss, Ph.D., Department Chairperson
(203) 392-5954

Mary Purdy, Ph.D., Graduate Program Coordinator
(203) 392-5959

Kelly Mabry, Ph.D., Undergraduate Advisor
(203) 392-5986


Jennifer McCullagh, Au.D., Ph.D., Chairperson, Graduate Admissions Committee

(203) 392-5961

Southern Connecticut State University does not discriminate on the basis of age; ancestry, color; gender identity and expression; intellectual disability; learning disability; mental disorder; physical disability; marital status, national origin; race; religious creed; sex, including pregnancy, transgender status, sexual harassment and sexual assault; sexual orientation; veteran status; or any other status protected by federal or state laws. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Paula Rice, Director/Title IX Coordinator, Office of Diversity & Equity Programs, 501 Crescent Street, BU 240, New Haven, CT 06515 (203)392-5568,