Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Since the 1960s, our Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has offered high quality programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate level, preparing graduates for successful careers in allied health, public schools, private practice, and other work settings — to include some of the most sought-after careers in a growing competitive global job market.

Career Focus

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), job growth for audiology is expected to grow by 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities in speech-language pathology are expected to grow by 21 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

State-of-the-Art Technology

Our Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders houses diagnostic and therapeutic equipment that provides audiology and speech pathology students access to and experience with sophisticated assessment techniques such as videostroboscopy, videofluoroscopy, nasometry, vestibular assessment, electronystagmography, and EEG.

The rotational chair, one of about a dozen in the U.S. outside of the military, is used to test inner ear function and balance in a completely darkened chamber. Videostroboscopy permits detailed analysis of vocal fold function, and students assist with videofluoroscopic swallowing assessment. Students gain experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation in their respective professions.

Programs of Study

Audiology (Au.D.) — a four-year program placing major emphasis on clinical training and the practical application of research, theory, and technology into clinical practice.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.) — prepares students for graduate education in either audiology or speech-language pathology through a comprehensive academic program that includes access to speech science, hearing science, and related technologies.

Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) — encompasses the application of a wide variety of electrophysiological methods to monitor the functional integrity of neural structures during surgery.

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.) — prepares students for clinical practice with a variety of communication disorders and in a variety of clinical settings. 

Faculty and Staff

Faculty, clinical staff and department secretaries.

Mohsin Shaikh, Ph.D., interim department chair and associate professor of audiology | CEH 330 | | 570-389-3880

Kimberly Cardimona, Ph.D., associate professor, English as a Second Language (ESL) | CEH 343 | | 570-389-4443

Ashwini Kanade, Ph.D., assistant professor | CEH 237 |

Shelley Scarpino, Ph.D., associate professor | CEH 327 | | 570-389-3876

Pamela A. Smith, Ph.D., professor of speech pathology | CEH 224 | | 570-389-5371

Kristina Strother-Garcia, Ph.D., assistant professor | CEH 223 |

Cara Tolan, Au.D., assistant professor of audiology | CEH 236 | | 570-389-4969

Qing Yue, Ph.D., professor of audiology, program coordinator, IONM | CEH 226 | | 570-389-4884

Thomas R. Zalewski, Ph.D., professor of audiology | CEH 328 | | 570-389-4438

Department Secretary

Jeanne Dayhoff | 570-389-5381 |

Cara Tolan, Au.D., CCC-Aud, Clinic Director
Kim Cardimona, Ph.D., Director of Off-Campus Clinical Education

Sharon Blake, M.S., CCC-SLP
Danielle Huss, M.S., CCC-SLP
Deborah John, Au.D., CCC-Aud
Becca Petrone, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kerry Ridall, M.S., CCC-SLP
Jodi Siep, CCC-SLP (CSIU)
Peggy Snyder, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kailyn Stewart, M.S., CCC-SLP
Amanda Weremedic, Au.D., CCC-Aud

Clinical Admin Assistant

Karen Diltz
Call 570-389-5380 for assistance.

Terin Booher, M.S., CCC-SLP, instructor speech
Reanna Buehler, M.S., CCC-SLP, instructor speech
Tyson Hale, Au.D., CCC-A, BCS-IOM, CNIM, instructor audiology, IONM
Britta Hunter, M.S., CCC-SLP, instructor speech
Aaron Knecht, Au.D, CNIM, instructor audiology
Jodi Kresge, M.S., CCC-SLP, instructor speech
Joe Motzko, Au.D., CCC-A , instructor audiology
Becca Petrone, M.S., CCC-SLP, instructor speech
Carrie Reichwein, M.S., CCC-SLP, instructor speech
Dawn Taylor, Au.D., PASC, FAAA, instructor audiology
Kathy Vivaldi, Au.D., FAAA, CCC-A, instructor audiology
Anita Wasileski, M.S., CCC-SLP, instructor speech

Audiology and Speech Pathology On-Campus Clinics

BU's on-campus Center for Hearing and Balance is unique to northeastern Pennsylvania, offering coordinated and comprehensive services devoted specifically to diagnosing, treating, restoring and maintaining the function of the auditory and vestibular systems.

Within our facility, nationally certified audiologists, researchers, faculty, and doctorate clinicians have access to the latest treatment modalities and research protocols to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance patients.

The goal of our center is to provide quality, research based, hearing and balance testing, treatment, and information. Our facility provides services for newborn through the geriatric population.

  • Advanced Audiological Services
  • Hearing Aid Service
  • Basic Comprehensive Audiological Assessment

Our full service audiology clinic is open to the public, where education meets life. The center is committed to providing excellent and complete hearing healthcare of our patient’s hearing and balance issues. The center provides comprehensive hearing assessments, balance testing, rehabilitation, counseling and personalized hearing solutions provided by national and state licensed hearing healthcare professionals. Call 570-389-5380 for more information or appointment or for an appointment.

BU's on-campus Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic provides various diagnostic, therapeutic, and counseling services for both children and adults. These services are provided on an outpatient basis and are an extension of BU's graduate training programs in audiology and speech-language pathology. Services are provided and supervised by certified/licensed staff of the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology.

The Speech-Language Pathology Clinic offers a broad range of comprehensive evaluations and treatment services for adults and children who have a wide range of communication disorders and differences in the following areas:

  • Speech/Articulation
  • Language
  • Phonology
  • Fluency/Stuttering
  • Dysphagia/Swallowing
  • Voice/Resonance
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Cognition/Memory
  • Accent Reduction

Our full service speech clinic is open to the public and accepts most insurances. The clinic also provides help to individuals with speech and communication problems associated with apraxia, brain injury, cerebral palsy, cleft lip/palate, neurological diseases or disorders, language learning difficulties and stroke. Call 570-389-5380 for more information or for an appointment.


Communication Sciences and Disorders Contacts