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Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education

Utah State University’s Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program is a four-year post-baccalaureate degree, and is part of the Western Regional Graduate Exchange program (WRGP).

The program in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) and is also approved by the Utah State Office of Education.

Utah State University’s Speech-Language Pathology program is a six semester, 55-58 semester credit hour Master’s of Arts (MA) or Master’s of Science (MS) post-baccalaureate degree.

Spotlights in COMDDE

National Institue of Health Grant awarded to Stephanie Borrie

Feb 28, 2017

Stephanie Borrie was recently awarded a three-year NIH NIDCD R21 award for her project, “Speech rhythm entrainment in the context of dysathria.” Conversational entrainment—the propensity for dialogue partners to modify their behaviour to become more similar to one another—is a powerful communication phenomenon that influences many cognitive and social functions, leading either to successful conversation or, if disrupted, to conversational breakdowns. This project draws on translational methodology from signal processing engineering to develop, validate, and examine an automated method to quantify speech rhythm entrainment in the context of dysarthria. You can read more about Dr. Borrie’s research at:

Dr. Sarah Yoho Leopold Awarded Grant

A Research Catalyst Grant from USU to fund studies examining the speech understanding difficulties of adults with hearing loss was awarded on Jan 3, 2017.  You can get more information about her research on Speech and Auditory Perception at

Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research

Feb 20, 2017
UGrad Research Lang Lab