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, Department Chairperson, Program Director, Associate Professor of Audiology

Ashwini Kanade, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology

Shelley Scarpino, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Education and Coordinator/Advisor for the M,S. SLP Program, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology

Pamela A. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Speech-Language Pathology

Kristina Strother-Garcia, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Cara Tolan, Au.D., Assistant Professor of Audiology

Qing Yue, Ph.D., Coordinator for the IONM Program, Professor of Audiology

Thomas R. Zalewski, Ph.D., CCC-A-Coordinator for the AuD Program Professor of Audiology

Department Secretary

Jeanne Dayhoff | 570-389-5381 |

Shelley E. Scarpino, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, Director of Clinical Education

Sharon Blake, M.S., CCC-SLP
Deborah John, Au.D., CCC-Aud
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.

Jenn Alberti, M.S., CCC-SLP
Beth Czarnecki, AuD.,CCC-Aud
Tyson Hale, Au.D., CCC-A, BCS-IOM, CNIM, instructor audiology, IONM
Aaron Knecht, Au.D, CNIM, instructor audiology
Joe Motzko, Au.D., CCC-A , instructor audiology
Carrie Reichwein, M.S., CCC-SLP, instructor speech
Kathy Vivaldi, Au.D., FAAA, CCC-A, instructor audiology

On-Campus Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic

BU's Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic 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. These outpatient services are an extension of BU’s graduate training program in audiology.

Our nationally certified audiologists, faculty, and graduate students have access to the latest treatment modalities and research protocols to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders.

We provide quality, research-based, hearing and balance testing, treatment, and consultation to clients of any age, from newborns through the geriatric population. Our services include:

  • Basic Comprehensive Audiological Assessment
  • Advanced Audiological Services
  • Hearing Aid Service
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Balance Disorders

Our full-service clinic is open to the public M-F from 8:00-4:30. We participate in most insurance plans, including Medicare. Call 570-389-5380 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

BU’s Speech, Language and Hearing clinic provides diagnostic, therapeutic, and counseling services to children and adults of all ages. These outpatient services are an extension of BU’s graduate training program in speech-language pathology. Services are provided by nationally certified, and PA licensed professional staff of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and graduate students in their clinical practicum courses who are supervised by these professional staff.

The Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for adults and children who have communication disorders or communication differences related to:

Voice and Resonance
Cognition and Memory
Accented Speech
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Our full-service clinic is open to the public M-F from 8:00-4:30. We participate in most insurance plans. Call 570-389-5380 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


Communication Sciences and Disorders Contacts