• Playroom Session
  • Melanie Buhr-Lawler session
  • Michelle Ciucci Lab

Welcome to World-Class Research, Education, and Care

Helping people communicate through education, research, treatment, and outreach

The UW-Madison Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders works to understand, prevent, identify, and treat speech, language, voice, and hearing disorders that affect communication.

We provide this in the following way:

  • Outstanding education. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty educate incoming students to become clinicians, scientists, and teachers of the future. Our top-ranked programs in speech-language pathology and audiology offer a variety of didactic and hands-on educational opportunities, so graduates are fully prepared for the rigors of the profession.
  • Comprehensive, affordable clinical care. Our faculty and staff run the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic, which offers evaluation and treatment of communication disorders. The clinic serves Wisconsin residents across the lifespan, and offers low-cost services and partial scholarships for individuals and families in need.
  • Real-world research. Our faculty perform cutting-edge research that has clear health relevance. Faculty have been issued patents, created spin-off companies, and developed technology that benefits people in Wisconsin and the nation.
  • Impressive outreach. Our faculty frequently provide outreach services and consulting, often at no cost, to families, school systems, and other organizations in need.


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders administers a number of scholarships and awards open to undergraduate majors and graduate students. Please refer to the scholarships page for more details on these opportunities.

Upcoming Events

  1. Prosem Lecture: Making the Most of Your Post-doc and Applying for Tenure Track Jobs

    October 03
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  2. Masters in Speech-Language Pathology: Prospective Student Information Session / Facility Tour

    October 07
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  3. Undergraduate Advising Session

    October 10
    10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  4. Undergraduate Advising Session

    October 13
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  5. Prosem Lecture

    October 17
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  6. Undergraduate Advising Session

    October 19
    4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
  7. Prosem Lecture: Grant Writing

    October 24
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Recent News

  1. Thinking Outside the Booth: Three Overlapping Categories of University Audiology Outreach

    Written by Melanie Buhr-Lawler, AuD for the Hearing Review on September 16, 2016

  2. Reflect, Mentor, Lead: A Unique Experience in Audiology Education

    Written by Melanie Buhr-Lawler, AuD, & Amy Hartman, AuD for the Hearing Journal on July 05, 2016

  3. Zebra Finches Aid Neurodegeneration Research

    Written on June 01, 2016

  4. Horsepower vs. Hearing

    Written on June 01, 2016

  5. Research Tackles Communication Disorders in Kids

    Written on May 08, 2016

  6. Michelle Ciucci: New Century Scholars Grant Funds Research in Parkinson's Effect on Communication

    Written on April 12, 2016

  7. Variability and Diagnostic Accuracy of Speech Intelligibility Scores - with Katie Hustad

    Written on December 30, 2015