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. Newsletters Fall 2021 (PDF link) Spring 2021 (PDF link) Fall 2020 (PDF link) March 2020 (PDF link) February 2020 (PDF link)

Areas of Study


Au.D. in Audiology

The Clinical Doctoral Degree (AuD) education residential program in Audiology at Gallaudet University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American...

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M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

The Master of Science Degree (MS) residential program in Speech-Language Pathology at Gallaudet University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the...

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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 masters 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)
The B/BAR lab is directing a series of randomized controlled studies aimed at evaluating the effect of aural rehabilitation interventions on adult cochlear implant (CI) outcomes. As part of these evidence-based studies, we are engaged in creating new CI assessment and outcome measures, auditory training...
Child Language & Culture Lab
The Child Language & Culture Lab examines language development and disorders among children who are culturally/linguistically diverse. Research emphases include (a) examining the relationship between the linguistic environment and children's language skills across languages; (b) developing and testing diagnostic measures to improve the identification of...
Developmental Neurolinguistic and Cognition Lab
The Developmental Neurolinguistic and Cognition Lab aims to understand the relationship of language and cognition with brain development, as well as understand brain organization and literacy development. We are currently examining the neurophysiology of speech, language, and cognition in deaf infants, children, and young adults...
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. This focus is further centered on the influence of sex and sexuality...
Laboratory of Voice and Speech Physiology
Ample opportunities exist for students eager to conduct research into voice and speech physiology. This lab examines the sensory-motor aspects of voice and speech production using acoustic and physiological measures. Some of our current research projects include: The effect of reduced or altered auditory feedback...
Multicultural Research Lab
In the Multicultural Lab, research is conducted to examine the effects of language background, aging, and environmental factors on auditory function. Specific projects address how bilingual/multilingual language background and language impairment impact speech perception in adults and children. Another project examines how aging and cigarette...
The PLUSH (Prosody in Language Understanding, Speech, and Hearing) Lab investigates how children and adults perceive and process prosody—the rhythmic and melodic aspects of language, including stress, intonation, and emotions. Current projects include: What are the prosodic similarities and differences between speech produced by people...
Research in HSLS
Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences programs conduct extensive research on communication access for deaf and hard of hearing people. The programs have a long history of external research supports from federal agencies and private foundations, including the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institutes...
Signed Language Development, Disorders, and Deprivation (SL3D) Lab
The goal of the SL3D lab is to identify evidence-based practices for language and literacy assessment and intervention for deaf and hard of hearing children who are struggling to acquire language skills. Projects often focus on the signing modality. The lab has potential to impact...
The Learning Lab for Kids with Implants
“How do children learning spoken language, who don’t have access to optimal auditory input, learn new words?” This question guides the work in our lab. We work with kids to try to understand how they learn new information and what we can do to help...
Vestibular and Balance Lab
Students who enter Gallaudet’s Vestibular and Balance Lab are treated to innovative technologies and world-class instruction. Highlighted by the Oculus Rift virtual reality system, the lab allows students to investigate challenges individuals face as a result of age, disease, and a variety of influences on...


R. Steven Ackley Memorial Scholarship Fund
The HSLS Department lost one of its beloved faculty members in June 2013. To honor his legacy, HSLS members established an endowment fund for scholarship. With outpouring support from Dr. Ackley's family, former students, colleagues, and friends, the fund was endowed within a year of...



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.


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