Sep 20, 2018  
2016-2017 General Catalog 
2016-2017 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Sciences & Disorders (Graduate Program)


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Program Overview

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders is nationally recognized for its faculty’s research in a number of areas including: articulation, fluency, language, voice, and swallowing disorders in children and adults, with concentrated areas of expertise in autism, bilingualism, English dialect variation, language, literacy, and augmentative and alternative communication interventions for children, motor speech disorders and cognitive-communicative disorders in adults with acquired neurologic diseases and disorders, stuttering, and voice disorders following laryngeal pathology. Within their particular area of expertise, faculty members study the nature and cause of clinical conditions, design and evaluate assessment tools, and investigate treatment efficacy.

PhD program graduates are in high demand by university faculties across the country and by federal and state health and education agencies seeking well-trained scholars to help guide policy development, service implementation, and program evaluation. Master’s graduates are eligible for national certification as speech-language pathologists once they pass the national certification examination. Speech-language pathologists are in demand nationally.


Janet Norris, Chair
Neila Donovan, Graduate Coordinator
TELEPHONE 225-578-2545
FAX 225-578-2995


Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.

Applications for admission are received and evaluated by the department within a month of completion of all required materials. Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines established by the Graduate School.

Students seeking admission must submit satisfactory credentials from previous study, acceptable GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. International students whose native language is not English must also submit an acceptable TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to some students. Support may be available through the student’s home department or other units in the form of research or teaching assistantships. A student should contact his or her home department for more information on available assistantship positions. To ensure consideration for financial aid, all application materials should be submitted in accordance with deadlines (Departmental deadline: February 1) established by the LSU Graduate School.

Graduate Faculty

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Hugh W. Buckingham (EM)
Geoff Coalson (6A) • Fluency disorders
Neila Donovan (M) • Evidence-based assessment and treatment design for adults with acquired neurologic diseases and disorders
Todd Gibson (6A) • Bilingual language development and disorders, interactions between language and cognition, lexical access

Daphne Ursula Hartzheim (6A) • Autism spectrum disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), clinicians training, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in speech-language pathology

Paul R. Hoffman (M) • Intervention for children’s speech sound disorders
Yunjung Kim (M) • Speech acoustics, motor speech disorders, cross-linguistic perspectives on disordered speech
Melda Kunduk (M) • Voice disorders (dysphonia), swallowing disorders (dysphagia), total laryngectomy, paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction, laryngeal high-speed endoscopy, laryngeal videostroboscopy

Janet Norris (M) • Child language and literacy intervention
Janna Oetting (M) • Child language development and disorders, specific language impairment, English dialect variation, speech and language screening and assessment


    Doctor of PhilosophyMaster of Arts