Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Leadership

Travis T. Threats, Ph.D.
     Department Chair
Mitzi Brammer, Ph.D.
     Graduate Program Director
Saneta Thurmon, M.A.
     Undergraduate Program Director

Overview

The goal of Saint Louis University's Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is to prepare speech-language pathologists to be culturally competent, evidence-based clinicians who provide compassionate clinical services to improve the quality of life of the clients and their families.

SLU's Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is the second-highest-rated program in the nation at a Catholic university, as well as the highest-rated program in Missouri.

SLU's Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences faculty members have diverse backgrounds and a wide range of research interests including child language and literacy disorders, stuttering, voice disorders, adult neurogenic disorders, memory and cognition in adult populations and aural rehabilitation in persons with cochlear implants.

Our faculty conducts clinically oriented research with both medical and educational areas of emphasis to improve the quality of life of others. All of the faculty members have presented at state, national or international conferences and several have international recognition.

Travis T. Threats, Ph.D., CCC-SLP - Department Chairperson
Angela Adrian, M.A., CCC-SLP
Mitzi Brammer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Emily Buxbaum, M.S., CCC-SLP
Yi-Fang Chiu, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Maureen Fischer, M.A., CCC-A
Rebecca Frisella, M.S., CCC-SLP
Christina Garms, M.S., CCC-SLP
Julie Hoffman, M.A., CCC-SLP
Robin Murphy, M.S., CCC-SLP
Whitney Postman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Elizabeth Roepke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Sara Steele, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Saneta Thurmon, M.A., CCC-SLP/A
Andrea Vaughan, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

 

CSDI 2980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1 or 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

CSDI 3000 - Cultural Linguistic Diversity

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Course Purpose: Students will examine characteristics of linguistic and cultural diversity across the United States and beyond. Course content emphasizes issues of communication associated with race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, age, physical and mental capacities, environment (e.g. rural vs. urban), religion, and sexual orientation. These issues are considered through rigorous linguistic inquiry, with an aim towards promoting harmonious interactions, health equity and social justice as relevant to the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students will be guided through close examination and analysis of aspects of language and language use, in order to enlighten and enhance communication across diverse populations and circumstances. (Offered every Spring)

Prerequisite(s): CSDI 2000; CSDI 2400*

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a program in Speech, Lang, Hearing Sci.

Attributes: Global Local Justice-Elective, Medical Humanities, Social Science Req (A&S), Urban Poverty - Health Care, Diversity in the US (A&S)

CSDI 3700 - Speech and Language Development

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A study of the typical development of speech and language across the lifespan. Issues related to linguistic and cultural diversity will be explored. CSD majors only. (Offered every Fall)

Prerequisite(s): (CSDI 2000* with a grade of C or higher or SLHS 2000* with a grade of C or higher); (CSDI 2400* with a grade of C or higher or SLHS 2400* with a grade of C or higher)

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students in the Speech, Lang, Hearing Sci department.

CSDI 5015 - Practicum - Offsite Clinic

Credit(s): 2 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Clinical practicum CSDI 5015 is a direct clinical experience which addresses screenings, diagnostics, treatment and counseling for children and/or adults presenting with a variety of speech-language disabilities or diagnoses in the areas of speech, language, hearing, swallowing and social aspects. Students assigned to CSDI 5015 will be placed in off campus clinical settings with an ASHA-certified clinician serving as their clinical supervisor.

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Speech, Lang, Hearing Sci.

CSDI 5030 - Student Teaching in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Credit(s): 1-6 Credits

Supervised experience in a public school program. Offered every semester.

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Speech, Lang, Hearing Sci.

CSDI 5600 - Fluency Disorders

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An overview of normal fluency and exploration of fluency disorders. Specific focus on the nature, assessment, and treatment of stuttering. (Offered every summer)

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Speech, Lang, Hearing Sci.

CSDI 5630 - Dysphagia

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A study of the anatomy, physiology, evaluation and treatment of swallowing and associated disorders. (Offered every fall)

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Speech, Lang, Hearing Sci.

CSDI 5880 - Advanced Audiology

Credit(s): 2 Credits

A study of pediatric audiology, electrophysiology measures, behavioral hearing assessment related to development level, immittance audiometry and testing for auditory processing disorders. (Offered every Spring)

Prerequisite(s): CSDI 4400

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Speech, Lang, Hearing Sci.

CSDI 5960 - Essay/Project Guidance

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Speech, Lang, Hearing Sci.

CSDI 5970 - Research Topics

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Permission of Instructor of department chair required.

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Speech, Lang, Hearing Sci.

CSDI 5980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable up to 6 credits)

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Speech, Lang, Hearing Sci.

CSDI 5990 - Thesis Research

Credit(s): 0-6 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Permission of department chair required.

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Speech, Lang, Hearing Sci.