J.M. Cairo, PhD
Acting Head of the Department
LOCATION: 1900 Gravier Street 9A8
PHONE: (504) 568-4348
The Graduate Degree Level Program in Communication Disorders operates within the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans. The School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) awards the Master of Communication Disorders (MCD) Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Degree in Audiology through the Department of Communication Disorders. The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
The MCD degree is the entry-level degree for a career in Speech-Language Pathology while the AuD degree is the entry-level degree for a career in Audiology. Audiologists are concerned with the identification and rehabilitation of hearing problems in children and adults. Activities are diverse, including counseling and education related to hearing loss, the electrophysiological and behavioral testing of hearing, and the dispensing of prosthetic devices. Speech-language pathologists identify and treat children and adults with speech and language problems such as delayed language, stuttering, aphasia, voice, and articulation problems. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, schools, universities, industry, governmental agencies, and private practice.
The Department of Communication Disorders is located in major health science complexes in New Orleans. Facilities are modern and well equipped and include classrooms, clinics, research, and teaching laboratories. The Department has affiliations with numerous hospitals, medical facilities, and educational institutions throughout Louisiana and the nation. Information on these clinical affiliations can be obtained from the Department. The Department maintains an excellent faculty-student ratio. Students have educational and clinical opportunities, including some that are only available in a health science center and a metropolitan area.