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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Roxelyn and Richard Pepper
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Exploring the science of human hearing, speech, language, learning, and swallowing.

The Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is home to undergraduate, professional, and doctoral research programs that explore the science of human hearing, speech, language, learning, and swallowing and seek new and more effective ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat related communication disorders. 

The department’s faculty are renowned for discoveries that have changed our understanding of human communication. They explore the processes that underlie hearing, speech, language, learning, and swallowing, including sensation, perception, cognition, and motor control. They investigate social, familial, and cultural issues that impair communication. And they delve into the molecular and epidemiological bases of normal and disordered human communication.

Our professional audiology and speech and language pathology programs are consistently ranked among the top ten programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Students, faculty and staff work together to provide patients of all ages a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for hearing, speech, learning, language, voice, and swallowing disorders in clinics on the Evanston and Chicago campuses.

News and Events

Northwestern Women in Medicine (of NMH) is offering a virtual lecture series now through July 2021 that includes esteemed speakers from across the country. The purpose of this lecture series is to shed light on gender disparities and share experiences and tools to overcome the barriers that exist in medicine for females as well as create a network of support. Learn more at www.medicine.northwestern.edu/about/women-in-medicine.html