The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences is one of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ 10 interdisciplinary departments and programs, all committed to investigating and improving the human condition. www.bsos.umd.edu
Hearing & Speech Sciences
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Hearing & Speech Sciences at Maryland At the University of Maryland’s Department of Hearing and
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Speech Sciences, we’re discovering new knowledge that gives people with speech, language and hearing impairments new opportunities to thrive. Our faculty and students work with individuals of all ages, investigating how the ear and brain work together to hear and interpret spoken language. We assist patients recovering from brain injuries. We work to restore or improve impaired voice, fluency and language skills that limit
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educational, vocational and social success. We transform the student experience by studying the brain in action at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center, and through rigorous research and experiential learning opportunities. We inspire Maryland pride by directly serving the local community to assess and treat patients with disorders at our clinic and preschool. Holocaust survivors receive free hearing aids through our work with the Jewish Social Service Agency in Rockville, Md. Through a partnership with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, we assist wounded service members— while offering hands-on training to speech-language pathologists, audiologists and speech-language and hearing scientists. Our research turns imagination into innovation and is funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health.
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Our faculty, students, partners and alumni focus their work and outreach in four main areas: »» Applied Clinical Research »» Assistive Technology-Rehab for Speech, Language and Hearing »» Cognitive Neuroscience and Communication Disorders
“People go into this profession because they want to help people. It’s not really selfless, though, because it makes me feel really good.”
Faculty Research Highlights
In addition to serving as a speech-language pathologist and a member of the clinical faculty, KATHY DOW-BURGER is the associate director of the University of Maryland Autism Research
MAYA FREUND, HESP ’15 Au.D. candidate; recipient, BSOS Summer Scholars Award
Consortium. She works with students and clinicians
»» Communication and Communication Disorders across the Life Span
to better understand and treat autism spectrum disorders and other social language disorders.
She also founded the Social Interaction Group Network for Students with
THROUGH NEW RESEARCH,
diagnoses and treatments, we advance human communication.
Clinic, Collaborations x& Initiatives >>
Autism, a campus organization devoted to helping students on the autism spectrum develop skills to successfully negotiate higher education.
JARED NOVICK focuses on how non-linguistic
The University of Maryland Hearing and Speech Clinic has pro-
cognitive systems (like our ability to control atten-
vided speech, language and hearing therapy services to the community
tion) support interpretation and re-interpretation
since 1949. Learn more at go.umd.edu/HESPClinic.
procedures as language input unfolds moment by moment. He addresses this issue by employing
Our faculty and students are frequently involved in research collabo-
an experimental paradigm that tracks listeners’
rations and innovative labs, both within our department and across departments at UMD. Learn more at go.umd.edu/HESPCollaborations. The Department has many initiatives and ongoing projects, with
both research and clinical foci. These include Traumatic Brain Injury and Sports Concussion, the University of Maryland Autism Research
Consortium, and Infant Cognition and Early Intervention. Learn more at
Bachelor of Arts
eye movements as they listen to and comprehend spoken language, because eye fixation patterns provide important timecourse information about listeners’ ongoing interpretation processes. His work also investigates how young children’s limited ability to control attention influences language processing and learning, and also how adult bilinguals’ language-switching affects their attention more generally. SANDRA GORDON-SALANT examines the characteristics of accented English—as well as
Minor in Hearing and Speech Sciences go.umd.edu/HESPUndergraduate GRADUATE OFFERINGS
Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology Doctor of Audiology in Clinical Audiology Doctor of Philosophy
HESP Points of Pride OUR AWARD-WINNING FACULTY ARE EXPERTS IN THEIR FIELD; ARE FREQUENTLY INVITED TO PUBLISH AND LECTURE; AND ARE OFTEN FEATURED BY THE MEDIA.
Combined Au.D./Ph.D. in Clinical Audiology Combined M.A./Ph.D. Program
—JULIE KNORR, HESP ’17 Member, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association; Member, Program for Undergraduate Language Science Ambassadors in Research
OUR GRADUATE PROGRAMS AND AREAS OF SPECIALTY ARE CONSISTENTLY RANKED AMONG THE TOP 25 IN THE NATION BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT.
“This major covers the biological bases for the vital task of communication. My dream job would be as a research scientist and professor— being able to contribute to the field in a meaningful way and inspiring others to do the same!”
sensory, perceptual and cognitive changes that >>
accompany aging—to understand why older listeners have difficulty understanding accented speech. Her experiments examine the hypothesis that accent alters the timing information in English, which stresses older listeners’ decline in perceiving subtle differences in timing. This research is leading to great insight about the complex interactions between acoustic changes in accented speech and the abilities of younger vs. older listeners to perceive and adapt to such deviations. Ultimately, training programs to improve perception of accented English will be developed. PAULA SCHAUER reaches out to local adult communities and senior centers to educate senior
OUR LOCATION NEAR WASHINGTON, D.C., ANNAPOLIS AND BALTIMORE ALLOWS FOR EXCEPTIONAL INTERNSHIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES.
citizens about untreated hearing loss and its
OUR OUTSTANDING CLINIC AND LEAP PRESCHOOL IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OUR PATIENTS AND SERVE OUR COMMUNITY.
impact on healthy aging. Untreated hearing loss globally affects health and wellness and is now linked to cognitive decline and dementia. Through the implementation of hearing screenings, instruc-
NEARLY 100% OF OUR CLINICAL GRADUATE STUDENTS ARE EMPLOYED UPON GRADUATION.
STUDENTS WORK WITH FACULTY ON CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH PROJECTS.
tional programs and rehabilitation services, Schauer has taken steps to mitigate the influence of hearing loss on the quality of life of seniors in the Maryland community. go.umd.edu/HESPPeople
Highlights of faculty research from UMD's Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences in the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences.