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Welcome to the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh! Progress never comes from standing still. The University of Pittsburgh community is fueled by preeminent leaders, educators, thinkers and healers. We are challenging the conventional frontiers of knowledge to build a better future for humankind.

Pittsburgh has recently been named one of the most livable cities in the world, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit. The city of Pittsburgh provides the perfect combination of ‘big city’ experiences and a ‘small town’ feel. The city offers world class professional sports, entertainment, museums and local parks. Many of our students also take advantage of local recreational areas for biking, hiking, skiing and camping. Our local coffee shops are also popular among our students for studying and taking a break from classes to meet up with friends. Pittsburgh is also conveniently located to many major cities for exploring during semester breaks and over long holiday weekends.

The Department of Communication Science and Disorders is located in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). We are home to one of the nation’s top-ranked schools for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, and Speech-Language Pathology. SHRS is known for its excellence in academic and clinical education, and high-impact, multidisciplinary research. We are fortunate to have many of the fields best clinical educators, researchers and leaders to teach and mentor you towards excellence. Our co-existence with other health sciences professions provides our students with unique opportunities for interprofessional education and practice.

We are a program committed to advancing educational excellence, engaging in research of impact, strengthening communities, promoting diversity and inclusion, embracing the world, and building foundational strength. Our location provides our students with opportunities to take advantage of clinical education experiences in real world settings, including world-class hospitals, schools and health-care facilities. These experiences ensure that our students are best prepared to enter the workforce.

If you are considering a career in audiology, speech-language pathology, or speech and hearing sciences, look no further than the University of Pittsburgh. From world-class laboratories, highly ranked academic programs, and outstanding faculty, staff and students, the University of Pittsburgh has all of the resources available for you to succeed. 

Please explore our website and my video message below to find out more about the value of a Pitt CSD education, my vision, and how we are advancing the study of communication science and disorders at the University of Pittsburgh.

Hail to Pitt!

Bernard Rousseau, PhD, MMHC, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Science and Disorders
University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences