Speech and Hearing Sciences

Phyllis M. Palmer, Chairperson
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
1700 Lomas NE, Suite 1300
MSC01 1195
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001
(505) 277-4453 FAX (505) 277-0968

Cathy A. Binger, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Barbara Rodriguez, Ph.D., University of Washington

Associate Professors
Richard Arenas, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Amy T. Neel, Ph.D., Indiana University
Phyllis M. Palmer, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Jessica Richardson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Georgia

Assistant Professors
Cindy Gevarter, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Carlos Nye, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Clinic Director
Lori Nelson, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of New Mexico

Clinic Instructors
Sarah Duncan, M.S., CCC-A, Southwest Missouri State University
Moira Ellis, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of New Mexico
Renee Garcia, M.S., CCC-SLP, Eastern New Mexico University
Mary Hartley, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of New Mexico
Andrea Martinez-Fisher, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of Arizona
Lauril Sachet, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of Washington

Emeritus Faculty
Katharine Blaker, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of New Mexico
Linda L. Cullivan, Ph.D., Memphis State University
Philip S. Dale, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Michael Flores, Au.D., CCC-A, Arizona School of Health Sciences
Lloyd Lamb, Ph.D., Purdue University
Janet L. Patterson, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Bruce Porch, Ph.D., Stanford University
Amy B. Wohlert, Ph.D., Northwestern University

Honorary Consultants
Gare Fabila de Zaldo, Ph.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Raul de Zaldo Galina, M.B.A., Technological Institute of Monterrey


The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers an undergraduate major and minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences, a graduate Master's of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and  PhD in Communication Science and Disorders. Undergraduate courses are available to non-majors and to non-degree students (students who have a bachelor's degree but have not been accepted into a graduate program).

The Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences is a pre-professional degree program which prepares students for graduate study in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. The undergraduate program offers a foundation for understanding normal and disordered communication across cultures. It fulfills entrance requirements for a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology. Professionals in these fields must earn certification and/or licensure, which requires a graduate degree in the field of specialization. The Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and prepares students to work as a speech-language pathologist.

Audiologists are professionals with doctoral degrees specializing in prevention, identification, and assessment of hearing impairment. They also provide habilitation and rehabilitation of persons with hearing loss and fit hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists are professionals with master’s or doctoral degrees who assess and treat communication and swallowing disorders such as stuttering, delayed language development, aphasia, voice disorders, and articulation problems. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists work in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, research laboratories, government agencies, universities, and private practices.


SHS *302. Introduction to Communicative Disorders. (3)

SHS *303. Introduction to Phonetics. (3)

SHS 310. Anatomy and Physiology of Human Communication. (3)

SHS 321. Introduction to Audiology. (3)

SHS 330. Introduction to Communication Sciences. (3)

SHS *425. Aural Rehabilitation. (3)

SHS 428. Phonological Disorders in Children. (3)

SHS 430 / 530. Language Development. (3)

SHS 431. Language Disorders in Children. (3)

SHS 450. Neural Basis of Communication. (3)

SHS 451. Undergraduate Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SHS *458. Preclinical Training. (3)

SHS 459. Multicultural Considerations in Communication. (3)

SHS 490. Topics in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SHS 500. Clinical Practice. (2 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

SHS 501. Clinical Foundations. (1)

SHS 502. Clinical Diagnostics. (1)

SHS 503. Clinical Case Studies. (1)

SHS 504. Audiology Clinic . (1)

SHS 506. Reading and Writing in Research. (3)

SHS 507. Adult Neurogenic Communicative Disorders. (3)

SHS 517. Dysphagia. (3)

SHS 525. Voice Disorders. (3)

SHS 530 / 430. Language Development. (3)

SHS 531. Motor Speech Disorders. (3)

SHS 532. Augmentative Communication. (3)

SHS 533. Assessing Language in Children. (3)

SHS 534. Intervention: Child Language Disorders. (3)

SHS 535. Medical Speech-Language Pathology. (3)

SHS 538. Fluency Disorders. (3)

SHS 539. Topics. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SHS 551. Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SHS 557. Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology. (1)

SHS 558. Clinical Internship. (8)

SHS 561. Bilingual Language Acquisition: Clinical Implications. (3)

SHS 599. Master's Thesis. (1-6, no limit Δ)

SHS 606. Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders. (3)

SHS 610. Mentored University Teaching Experience in Communication Sciences and Disorders. (1)

SHS 651. Independent Study in Communication Sciences and Disorders. (1-6 to a maximum of 18 Δ)

SHS 699. Dissertation. (3-12 to a maximum of 99 Δ)


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