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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Chair’s Welcome

Thank you for visiting the web pages of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Whether you are a current student, prospective student, alumnus, client or colleague, we hope you are excited by the innovative educational programs, cutting-edge research, and community outreach described on our pages.

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is a founding department of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine located on the Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane campus. The department offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences in speech-language pathology.

Our curricula and our research address the physiological, neurological, behavioral, and psychological dimensions of normal and disordered communication across the lifespan. Our faculty members are dedicated to the improvement of patient care through education, research, and practice. Our faculty expertise spans neurodevelopmental to neurodegenerative disorders affecting communication. They are studying and treating complex disorders, such as autism, childhood apraxia of speech, childhood deafness, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and taking what they learn to Spokane and beyond. Always placing our students first, faculty explore new ways to deliver the best educational preparation to our academically-talented, highly-engaged, future speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs are operated in cooperation with the Eastern Washington University Department of Communication Disorders. We operate the University Hearing and Speech Clinic, a clinical training facility in our campus facilities, for our students and as a healthcare option for those in our community with communication disorders.

We also collaborate with dedicated and accomplished clinicians in the Spokane community and across the region who support our offsite clinical education program and help our students become independent practitioners. Our graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is recognized at the state level by the Washington State Board of Education.

It is my great pleasure to lead this vibrant department, powered by exceptionally talented and dedicated faculty, aspiring students, and dedicated staff. As I look ahead to the future of our professions, I am filled with optimism for what we can accomplish. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a visit to our campus and to our department.

Best wishes!

Gail D. Chermak, Ph.D., 
Professor and Department Chair