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.

The master’s of science degree (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at Howard University is accredited by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA). in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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.

The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is rooted in the increasing need to provide the profession of Speech-Language Pathology with culturally, clinically and academically competent clinicians and researchers at the Bachelor’s Master’s and doctoral levels. Howard University has historically been an activist voice for those who have been underrepresented and underserved in our society. The Department’s mission is in congruence with this historical position. As such, it is the philosophy of the Department that every course and every clinical experience should be infused with information on the current thinking and approaches to service delivery to and research on an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse society. It is also the position of the Department that Howard University must be in the vanguard of producing research and innovative diagnostic and management approaches for persons who cultural and ethnic differences have been historically underreported in professional and scholarly literature. Finally, it is the mission of the department to co-join cultural competence with excellence in didactic and clinical instruction and inherence to evidence-based practice.
The Department of Communication sciences and Disorders as one of the premier programs in the field and one of only six programs at an HBCU will become a center for (1) student training in the areas of service delivery to individuals with communication disorders; (2) grant writing to serve as a vehicle for research and student scholarships; (3) community service through the establishment of satellite clinics to address the disparity of service delivery to African Americans and other diverse populations who present with communication and swallowing disorders resulting from craniofacial anomalies, pediatric syndromes, developmental disorders, stroke, head trauma and degenerative disease. The following priorities have been established to achieve the Department’s vision.
  • Academic and clinical training programs that utilize evidence-based evaluation and treatment approaches.
  • Academic programs in speech-language pathology and audiology designed to increase the number of leaders in the discipline who are African American, Hispanic and from other diverse populations.
  • Clinical programs that provide services for special populations including individuals with craniofacial anomalies, strokes, head trauma, pediatric syndromes.
  • Research addressing issues of concern to individuals from the local communities and underrepresented populations.
  • Grant writing designed to provide funding for both the academic and clinical programs. Student mentoring to ensure academic success and program completion as well as to promote leaders in the profession of communication sciences and disorders.

Goal 1: To raise federal funding for the Department’s programs to 2 million per year.

Goal 2: To generate intramural and extramural funds to provide research opportunities for students.

Goal 3: To increase retention of SLP majors in the undergraduate program and double the enrollment of males in the program by 2012.

Goal 4: To increase double the enrollment of males in the undergraduate and graduate programs by 2012.

Goal 5: To establish centers for stroke and child language to address the disparities in service delivery to individuals from diverse and underserved populations.

Goal 6: To utilize Distance Learning as a vehicle to provide continuing education and to attract the nontraditional student.

Goal 7: To review the content of all course offerings and eliminate or modify those not in keeping with current thinking or employer stated needs (from employer surveys).

Goal 8: To establish a Private Practice Plan.

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Gloriajean Wallace Ph.D, M.Div., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, ASHA Fellow
Professor and Department Chair
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Our Faculty

Silvia Martinez, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Silvia Martinez, Ed.D.

Education: Ed.D., Applied Psycholinguistics, Boston University; C.A.S. Administration,...
Martine Elie, Ph.D.
Clinical Director

Martine Elie, Ph.D.

Education: Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, Howard University, M.S., Speech and...
Jay R. Lucker, Ed.D.
Professor and Director of Five Year Accelerated Program

Jay R. Lucker, Ed.D.

Education: Ed.D., Audiology and Auditory Processing, Columbia University; M.A., Communication...
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;...
Annette Hines
Clinical Supervisor

Annette Hines

Education: M.S., Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology, Southern Connecticut...
Shameka N. Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Shameka N. Johnson, Ph.D.

Education: Ph.D., Communication Sciences & Disorders, Howard University, M.Ed.,...
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...
Valencia Perry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Valencia Perry, Ph.D.

Education: Ph.D., Communication Sciences & Disorders, Howard University, M.S.,...
Alaina Davis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Alaina Davis, Ph.D.

Education: Ph.D., Communication Sciences & Disorders, Howard University, M.S.,...
Kay T. Payne, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita

Kay T. Payne, Ph.D.

Education: M.A., Religious Studies, Howard University, Ph.D., Communication Science,...
Ronald C. Pearlman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Ronald C. Pearlman, Ph.D.

Education: Ph.D., University of Missouri, M.S., C.W. Post College of Long Island...
Joan C. Payne, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita

Joan C. Payne, Ph.D.

Education: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Neurological, Communicative Diseases...