Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders

The department offers graduate programs leading to the master’s and doctoral degrees in speech-language pathology.

Because of its focus on infusing cultural diversity throughout the curriculum, Howard University is an ideal place to pursue graduate education in speech-language pathology, The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers two graduate degrees leading to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and the Ph.D. in Communication Science. The master’s degree program is fully accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and meets all of the requirements needed to prepare graduates for careers as speech-language pathologists. Master’s students may choose from one of four tracks for specialization: educational, bilingual, medical speech-language pathology or technology. In addition, the Master’s program has excellent graduation, employment and Praxis pass rates.
Doctoral students may choose either the adult neurological track or the child language track. The doctoral curriculum has been updated recently to reflect the most current theory and research in the field. Candidates for the Ph.D. may elect to complete the more traditional dissertation or elect to develop their research project in the form of three (3) peer-reviewed articles. Alumni of the Ph.D. program are acknowledged leaders in the academe, government, research facilities, health care organizations, and ASHA.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is strategically located in Washington, D.C. and near the health sciences complexes at Howard University. Clinical and research experiences are available to students at this complex and throughout the University including the University Speech and Hearing Clinic and Howard University Hospital, as well as regionally in government, educational and health care institutions throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.
We provide students with a strong scientific foundation and mentoring to succeed in graduate school. The department is nationally recognized because of its outstanding faculty, concentrated focus on multiculturalism, quality of comprehensive training and well-organized curricula.

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Joan Payne
Interim Chairperson
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Our Faculty

Martine Elie, Ph.D.
Clinical Director

Martine Elie, Ph.D.

Education: Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, Howard University, M.S., Speech and...
Margaret Evans-Joyce
Clinical Instructor

Margaret Evans-Joyce

Education: M.A., Speech and Language Pathology, University of Iowa, B.A, Speech...
Ovetta Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ovetta Harris, Ph.D.

Education: Ph.D., Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts, Amherst;...
Darla Kimbrough, M.S.
Adjunct Professor

Darla Kimbrough, M.S.

Education: M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, University of the District of Columbia,...
Silvia Martinez, Ed.D.
Associate Professor

Silvia Martinez, Ed.D.

Education: Ed.D., Applied Psycholinguistics, Boston University; C.A.S. Administration,...
Valencia Perry, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Valencia Perry, Ph.D.

Education: Ph.D., Communication Sciences, Howard University, M.S., Speech-Language...
Tiffany Nettles, M.S.
Clinical Instructor

Tiffany Nettles, M.S.

Education: M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, University of the District of Columbia,...
Kay T. Payne, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Kay T. Payne, Ph.D.

Education: M.A., Religious Studies, Howard University, Ph.D., Communication Science,...
Jay R. Lucker, Ed.D.
Associate Professor

Jay R. Lucker, Ed.D.

Education: Ed.D., Audiology and Auditory Processing, Columbia University; M.A., Communication...
Jennifer Williams, M.S.
Clinical Supervisor

Jennifer Williams, M.S.

Education: M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Howard University, B.S. Communication...
Shameka N. Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Shameka N. Johnson, Ph.D.

Education: Ph.D., Communication Sciences & Disorders, Howard University, M.Ed.,...
Devon Dee, M.A.
Clinical Instructor

Devon Dee, M.A.

Education: Certificate, Assistive Technology, California State University, M.A.,...
Annette Hines
Clinical Supervisor

Annette Hines

Education: M.S., Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology, Southern Connecticut...
Deirdre Trent, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Deirdre Trent, Ph.D.

Education: Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, Howard University; M.A., Speech-Language...
Joan C. Payne, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair

Joan C. Payne, Ph.D.

Education: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Neurological, Communicative Diseases...
Wilhelmina Wright-Harp, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs

Wilhelmina Wright-Harp, Ph.D.

Wilhelmina Wright-Harp, Ph.D. and ASHA Fellow is an alumna of Ohio State University...