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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions

(Audiology, Speech Language Pathology)

Dr. Mark Lehman, Chair

989-774-1323, 2186 Health Professions

Rebecca Affoo, Assistant Professor, CCC-SLP; M.Cl.Sc., The University of Western Ontario; Ph.D., The University of Western Ontario. Dysphagia, voice, scholarship of teaching and learning

Kathryn Atkinson, Clinical Supervisor, CCC-SLP; M.A., Central Michigan University. Adult traumatic brain injury, adult dysphagia, adult neurogenic group therapy, multidisciplinary therapeutic processes

Laurie Bahlke, Clinical Supervisor, Speech-Language Pathology; CCC-SLP; M.A., Central Michigan University. Dysphagia, traumatic brain injury, adult neurogenic, child speech and language

AnnMarie Bates, Clinical Supervisor, CCC-SLP, M.S.  University of Nebraska - Lincoln. 

Kristin Birch, Clinical Supervisor, CCC-A, Au.D. University of Washington.  Pediatric diagnostics, cochlear implant, auditory brain stem response training, and amplification.

Natalie Douglas, Associate Professor, CCC-SLP; M.A., Ohio University; Ph.D., University of South Florida. Adult cognitive-communicative disorders, aphasia, implementation science

Nicole M. Ferguson, Director of Clinical Services & Instruction in Audiology; CCC-A, FAAA; Au.D., Central Michigan University. Pediatric & Adult Diagnostics, Electrophysiology, Vestibular Assessment, Amplification, Tinnitus, Teleaudiology, and Veteran Hearing & Balance Health

Barbara Jackson, Clinical Supervisor, CCC-A, Au.D. Central Michigan University. Cochlear implants, amplification and educational audiology

Theresa Jones, Director of Clinical Instruction and Services in Speech-Language Pathology Services; CCC-SLP; M.S., Howard University. Infant-toddler specialization, early intervention, sensory integration, pediatric traumatic brain injury, voice, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary therapy

Mark Lehman, Professor and Department Chairperson; CCC-SLP; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Michigan. Speech science, anatomy and physiology, dysarthria, voice in adults.

Stacey Lim, Assistant Professor, CCC-A, Au.D., University of Akron; Ph.D., Kent State University. Cochlear implants, aural rehabilitation, language and literacy development of children with hearing loss, educational audiology

Amanda Luna-Bailey, Clinical Supervisor, CCC-SLP, M.A., Western Michigan University. Aural Rehabilitation, Cochlear Implants, Auditory Processing, and Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Susan Naeve-Velguth, Professor and Director of American Sign Language Division; CCC-A; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Minnesota. Rehabilitative audiology, American Sign Language, speech and language development of children with hearing loss

M. Dawn Nelson, Associate Professor; FAAA; CCC-A; M.S., University of Maryland; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Auditory electrophysiology, central auditory processing, vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, neuroanatomy

Shannon Palmer, Assistant Professor; CCC-A; Au.D. and Ph.D., University of Connecticut; Diagnostic audiology, electrophysiology, central auditory processing disorders, cochlear implants

Claudia Pastorelli, Clinical Supervisor, CCC-A; M.A., University of Maryland; Au.D., University of Florida. Adult and pediatric diagnostics, vestibular testing, hearing aids

Lori Pietrandrea-Bissell, Fixed Term Faculty; CCC-SLP, M.A., Central Michigan University. Language development, anatomy and physiology.

Stephanie Richards, Assistant Professor, CCC-SLP; M.A., Central Michigan University; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University. Adolescent and adult language and literacy

MaryBeth Smith, Fixed Term Faculty and Director of Summer Specialty Clinics; CCC-SLP, M.A., Michigan State University. Phonology, autism

Katie Squires, Associate Professor, CCC-SLP; M.S., Nova Southeastern University; Ph.D., Utah State University. Child Language and Literacy

Katie Strong, Assistant Professor, CCC-SLP, M.A., Kansas State University; Ph.D., Western Michigan University; Adult cognitive-communication disorders, aphasia, clinical education

Janet Sturm, Professor; CCC-SLP; Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Child language disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, literacy

Yunfang Zheng, Assistant Professor; CCC-A; M.D., Suzhou Medical College, Sc.D., Montclair State University. Audiology diagnostics (pediatric and adult), amplification, aural rehabilitation, cochlear implants

Course Designators:

CSD - Communication Sciences and Disorders

ASL - American Sign Language

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

AUD - Audiology

The Programs:

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers the Doctor of Audiology degree for audiologists and Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology for speech-language pathologists, which lead to eligibility to apply for clinical certification and licensure and are accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation.

The high quality research facilities of the department are exemplary and extensive. Students are encouraged to participate in research and grant writing. A range of state-of-the art instruments and software is available for specialized audiometric, acoustic and speech-language analyses.

Students and faculty study a wide range of speech, language, and hearing problems. The Carls Center clinical population furnishes appropriate opportunities to carry out research projects. Many off-campus clinical facilities welcome student training and research activity. The clinic offers experiences in both individual and group treatment. There are opportunities available for pre-school placements within the speech-language clinic as well as clinical experience with those in need of augmentative and alternative communication services and endoscopic visualization of the larynx for voice/swallow assessment. In addition, a number of students are afforded the opportunity to travel to local schools to work with school-aged children in programs which involve traditional speech and language therapy as well as phonemic awareness programs. Experiences with adult populations involve innovative therapy for all types of speech and language disorders, including those secondary to traumatic brain injury (TBI), aphasia and voice, stuttering, among others. The Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinics include a specialized five-week treatment program for children and adolescents with all types of communication disorders.

A number of graduate students are awarded competitive assistantships, which may be renewed for students whose academic achievement and clinical skills warrant continued support. Stipend amounts vary, depending upon the funding source. Appointment to an assistantship qualifies graduate students for in-state tuition rates.

In order for prospective students to receive full consideration for admission and financial assistance, applications and all accompanying documents must be received by January 15 for both degree programs for entrance in the fall semester. There are no spring semester admissions. (Early applications are encouraged.) Both graduate programs participate with the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS) on-line application process. This can be accessed at Admission to both graduate programs is a competitive process. Neither successful completion of an undergraduate degree at CMU or another university, nor meeting the minimal entrance requirements of CSD or the College of Graduate Studies guarantees admission. The number of students admitted each fall is governed by the number of available openings in the program.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology

Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)


CDO-SLP Alumni Scholarship
Established in 1998 through alumni support, for a second-year graduate student in the Speech/Language Pathology Program in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders.

J. Dean and Betty L. Eckersley Audiology Scholarship
Established in 1996 as a renewable scholarship for a graduate status audiology student within the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders who earned a minimum GPA of 3.5 as a senior with financial need as determined by CMU. Preference will be given to students from Isabella County, other counties of Michigan and transfer students from Mid-Michigan Community College who were recipients of the J. Dean and Betty L. Eckersley Scholarship.

Nicholas P. Redfield Scholarship
Established in 1998 by colleagues in memory of Dr. Redfield for a third-year Au.D. doctoral student who demonstrates a "client-centered" approach in clinical performance. Volunteer work and efforts to better the audiology program at CMU will also be considered in selecting a candidate for this award.