Areas of Study


Our Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences programs provide students with a base in speech-language-hearing development, differences, and disorders with an emphasis on the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

The HSLS programs serve many functions and responsibilities within the University by:

  • Providing graduate training in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences
  • Offering a range of clinical services to the Gallaudet and metropolitan DC communities
  • Offering undergraduate courses relating to speech, hearing, and consumerism and graduate courses in audiology and amplification to other departments on campus
  • Supporting research aimed at a broad range of areas affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals

Programs Announcement

Our accreditation status:

The Master’s in Science (M.S.) residential education program in Speech-Language Pathology and the Doctoral degree in Audiology (Au.D.) residential education program at Gallaudet is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation 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.


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Areas of Study


Au.D. in Audiology

The Au.D. program is designed to produce audiologists who function independently in all diagnostic and rehabilitative settings, serving individuals of all ages, and abilities. The program offers an intensive, interdisciplinary...

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M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Our Master of Science Degree (MS) education program in Speech-Language Pathology educates students in speech sciences, research methods, language acquisition, clinical procedures, assistive technology, and multicultural experiences. Students gain clinical...

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Non-Clinical M.S. in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences

The non-clinical M.S. in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences provides, at the discretion of the department, a degree in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences for full-time students who will not...

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Ph.D. in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences

The Ph.D. program in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences prepares students with a master’s or clinical doctorate in a related field (e.g., Au.D., M.S. in SLP) for faculty and research...

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Bernstein/Brewer Aural Rehabilitation Lab (B/Bar Lab)
Research in the Bernstein/Brewer Lab is focused on developing and evaluating rehabilitation interventions for adult cochlear implant users in controlled studies. The goal is to determine the most effective rehabilitation programs that can optimize outcomes, improve communication, neural and cognitive function, and quality of life.
Developmental Neurolinguistic and Cognition Lab
The Developmental Neurolinguistic and Cognition Lab at Gallaudet aims to understand the relationship of language and cognition with brain development. We are currently examining the neurophysiology of speech, language, and cognition in deaf infants, children, and young adults and how reading development is affected.
Human Neurophysiology Lab
The Human Neurophysiology Lab seeks to investigate speech (verbal and manual) and non-speech processing across the brain to understand underlying patterns of activity that may be linked to hearing, speech, and language disorders.
Laboratory of Voice and Speech Physiology
The Laboratory of Voice and Speech Physiology lab examines the sensory-motor aspects of voice and speech production using acoustic and physiological measures.
Multicultural Research Lab
The Multicultural Research Labs examines how various factors effect auditory function.
The PLUSH Lab investigates how children and adults perceive and process prosody—the rhythmic and melodic aspects of speech, including stress and intonation in a language.
Research in HSLS
Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences Programs conduct extensive research on communication access for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Signed Language Development, Disorders, and Deprivation (SL3D) Lab
SL3D lab identifies evidence-based practices for language and literacy intervention for D/HH children.
Space and Language Lab
The Space and Language Lab focuses research on speech acoustics in aphasia, intenstive language therapy for aphasia, and the functional impact of spatial neglect.
Spoken-Language Processing Lab
The Spoken-Language Processing Lab’s goal is to better understand the engagement of these various mechanisms in the successful processing of spoken language.
The Learning Lab for Kids with Implants
The Learning Lab for Kids with Implants works to improve the learning ability of children with cochlear implants.
Vestibular and Balance Lab
The Vestibular and Balance Lab investigates various systems, including spacial cognitive functioning, virtual reality assessments, the effects of caffeine abstince on oculomotor functions, and more. The lab holds a particular interest in portability and accessibility for diverse populations.


R. Steven Ackley Memorial Scholarship Fund
Your support will assist current students in good academic standing in the Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences program.



Upon graduation, students will have immersed themselves in the deaf and hard of hearing communities within Gallaudet University and the Washington metropolitan area. Students will have become advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing communities, skilled and empathetic community members, and well-trained professionals.

HSLS programs ensure students are prepared to become the next generation of professionals in speech-language pathology, audiology, and hearing, speech, and language sciences. Students leave their respective programs with rigorous academic learning, hands-on clinical experience, and research experience.

Faculty and Staff

Program Director

Karen Garrido-Nag

Professor/Department Coordinator

Faculty and Staff

Martha French

Speech Language Pathologist/Speech Language Pathologist Client Coordinator

Robin Goffen

Clinical Educator/Speech Language Pathologist

Elizabeth Marcinkus

Senior Clinical Coordinator

Chloe Hyde

Research Assistant

Caryn Heskey

Research Assistant

Margarita Perez

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator

Ana Canale

Research Assistant

Emily Nusbickel

Teacher Assistant

Brandie Mack

Research Assistant - HSLS

Morgan Zupkus

Teacher Assistant

Austen Beaird

Research Assistant

Derica Parathundil

Clerical Assistant

Lucas Kadri-Rodriguez




Academia Questions
Students learn about deafness from a biological, social, and cultural perspective. A unique aspect of Gallaudet’s programs is the central role that both ASL and deaf culture play in student learning. This sets Gallaudet’s programs apart from the audiology and speech-language sciences programs at other universities. The deaf-centric philosophy of the Department provides opportunities for deaf people to shape future directions for the discipline.
The Center contains a number of programs aimed at providing both hearing and deaf clients on campus and in the Washington metropolitan area with support and training aimed at improving communication skills. The center provides services in multiple areas: audiological services, vestibular and balance assessment, speech-language assessment and treatment, and communication and habilitation/aural rehabilitation assessment and services.
The Hearing and Speech Center is a teaching and training clinic. Services are delivered primarily by graduate students that are supervised by certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Services may also be provided by certified clinical staff with a broad range of speech, hearing, language, and communication expertise in areas such as aural rehabilitation, voice, aphasia and cognitive communication, cochlear implants, balance, and auditory processing.
Yes. The Center is open to deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals in the Gallaudet community and Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Gallaudet has had a number of deaf and hard of hearing graduates in the past, and all students are held to the same standards and requirements, regardless of hearing status. Our mission includes making the professions of audiology and speech-language science as accessible as possible for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Gallaudet graduates are breaking new ground in the audiology profession and de-pathologizing hearing, speech and language sciences.
Yes. All students are required to complete American Sign Language (ASL) courses. In addition, students are required to take a sequence of courses that focus on the use of American Sign Language in working with deaf clients. Throught these classes, students learn discipline-specific signs that are unique to audiology and speech-language sciences. These classes also provide students with praxis in communicating information that is often associated with speech and hearing assessments.
Researchers are examining the language characteristics of deaf children, strategies for early detection of hearing loss, assessments of balance disorders associated with deafness, phonological awareness and literacy in college-age students, voice quality in cochlear-implant wearers, and signal processing and music perception in cochlear-implant wearers.
Our graduate students live in the same dorms as students in other programs. They have the same opportunities to engage in the Gallaudet community as other graduate students, and they are able to immerse themselves in Gallaudet’s environment rich in deaf culture and American Sign Language.
The Department offers three degrees: a Master of Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), a clinical doctoral degree in Audiology (Au.D.), and a Ph.D. in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences. The M.S. and Au.D. degrees are entry-level degrees for speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
On average, we have 90 full-time students, including 30 students in the SLP program, 48 in the Au.D. program, and 10 in the Ph.D. program. We also offer courses to undergraduate and graduate students from other departments.
Audiology and speech-language pathology graduates may find themselves in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, private practices, and schools. Some Au.D.s and SLPs are employed in schools and clinics where they work with deaf and hard of hearing children. Graduates from the HSLS Department are currently at the American School for the Deaf, Kendall Demonstration School, Maryland School for the Deaf, California School for the Deaf in Fremont, the Learning Center, the River School, and many other programs for deaf and hard of hearing children throughout the country.
The Department currently has 10 faculty members. In addition, 10 audiologists and speech-language pathologists provide audiological, speech, language, and communication diagnostic and habilitation services through the Hearing and Speech Center. The professional staff also supervise the practicum of graduate students.
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