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Welcome to our news and events archive page.

Past News and Events Items


  • COMD welcomes its first group of Ph.D. students!
  • Dr. Monique Mills was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Dr. Kia Johnson was featured in CLASS News about classes that address racial and cultural issues.
  • Dr. Anny Castilla-Earls and Dr. Mills participated in the Women in Leadership Conference which focused on diversity.
  • Dr. Kia Noelle Johnson was recently awarded a 2020 UH Teaching Excellence Award.
  • Dr. Anny Castilla-Earls is the recipient of a GEAR Award to study the role of language of intervention and language proficiency on treatment outcomes.


  • Congratulations Dr. Cizek on your Ed.D.
  • Congratulations Dr. Guerra on your Ed.D.
  • ASHA 2019COMD faculty, clinical educators, and students are presenting at the ASHA convention in Orlando, FL. Please click here for presentation information.
  • COMD PB Student Meets with President Khator - Kaylyn Court, a COMD post-baccalaureate leveling student, was one of 17 students selected to participate in the President Khator’s annual student roundtable discussion.
  • ASLI Program Hosts Open House During UH's Weeks of Welcome
  • Welcome Kara Glenn, COMD Graduate Coordinator - Kara Glenn, originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, received both her BA and MS from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). She is excited to join the University of Houston family as a ComD Coog and is thankful for the opportunity to work in such a diverse work culture. She’s convinced the hype is true-everything really is bigger in Texas!
  • Welcome Jessica Zoll, COMD Advisor - Jessica Zoll graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. She moved to Pensacola, Florida after graduation and began her career working in higher education. She worked as an Admissions Counselor at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama and then went on to work as an Academic Advisor at Pensacola State College. She has worked extensively with first time in college students as well as non-traditional students. In her spare time she loves walking her dog Samson, reading, and cooking new recipes.
  • COMD participated in the Mayor’s Back to School Festival
  • Cougar Communication Groups are affordable and intensive summer therapy groups for children ages 18 months and up designed to improve speech and language skills and maintain progress made during the school year. Please visit our clinic speech-language services for more details.
  • Hot Topics in Speech-Language Pathology - The seminar has been postponed until early 2020. Stay tuned for announcement concerning the date.
  • COMD Students Serving Children in Belize - Seventeen students and 4 faculty spent a week in Belize working to help children and their families get the speech, language and hearing services they need.
  • PhD Program in COMD at UH ApprovedThe Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the establishment of the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Houston. The program is being established and currently not eligible for federal financial aid. Please click here for more information.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Pott! - Congratulations to Dr. Scot Pott! He received his Ed.D. in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education from Lamar University.
  • Drs. Johnson and Mills' Research Award - Dr. Kia Johnson and Dr. Monique Mills are recipients of a Women of Color Stimulus Research Award for their project on speech disfluencies in bidialectal children.
  • Graduation 2019 - Congratulations, class of 2019!
  • Neha Alex Receives Riepe Scholarship - Neha Alex, an undergraduate ComD student received the Kristina and Pete Riepe Scholarship. Please click here for more information.
  • UH ASLI Students Featured in Houston Deaf Senior Citizens Newsletter- UH ASLI students were featured in the Houston Deaf Senior Citizens May newsletter



  • NIDCD K23 Grant - Dr. Castilla-Earls was awarded a National Institute of Defaness and Other Communication Disorders K23 grant (2016-2021). She will investigate differences in patterns of language growth and cognitive/processing skills between bilingual children experiencing first language loss and those with language disorders. Her mentors are Dr. David Francias, Dr. Arturo Hernandez, Dr. Jack Fletcher and Dr. Nonnie Lesaux.






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  • Stephanie Daniels named ASHA Fellow - Congratulations to Stephanie Daniels, one of our new faculty members, whom the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has named as one of its 2011 class of fellows. 
  • Houston Geriatric Education Center (HGEC) Student competition - Please click here to see the flyer for the topic and guidelines for the 2012 competition.
  • Speech-language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certificate Program and Post-Bachelor’s Program Information Session - An information session about the Speech-language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certificate Program and Post-Bachelor’s Program will be held on January 13, 2012 at noon. This information session will be held on the UH Sugar Land campus. The campus is located at 14000 University Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Parking is free. Please send an email RSVP to Tom Whitley at
  • Third Ward Health Fair - A Community Health Fair for the homeless and underserved was held on November 12, 2011, providing medical screenings, health education and referral services to Third Ward residents with the objective of encouraging healthy lifestyles, identifying health issues and promoting follow up in a patient-centered medical home.
  • Welcome to our new faculty members - The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston welcomes five new members who joined our faculty in the fall of 2011: Dr. Stephanie Daniels, Dr. Byron Ross, Sharon Grigsby Hill, Terrell Brittain, and Kay James.
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certificate Program - The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston is now offering an SLPA Certificate Program. The SLPA Certificate Program is designed for individuals who have already obtained a Bachelor’s degree in an area other than Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology. 
  • Collaboration on UH Moment - This UH Moment features the collaboration between Dr. Rachel Aghara, a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and UH's Arte Público Press (APP). 
  • ASHA Approved Continuing Education at UH - The University of Houston received continued approval as an ASHA Approved Continuing Education (CE) Provider. 
  • Graduate Admissions and New GRE - The Graduate Record Examination will have a revised General Test. Anyone taking the GRE on or after August 1, 2011 will take the revised test. 
  • Teaching Excellence Award for Martha Dunkelberger - Congratulations to Dr. Martha Dunkelberger, who received a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Houston. This award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching by faculty instructors, clinical faculty, research faculty, artist affiliates and lecturers.
  • Hot Topics in Speech-Language Pathology - This one-day seminar will provide information about current trends in evidence-based practice for adults and pediatric populations. This is also an opportunity to obtain 2 hours of the state-required ethics training. The event will be held on May 7 on the UH main campus. 
  • TSHA 2011 - The 2011 Annual Convention of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association was held in Houston, Texas. The students and faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston actively participated in the 2011 TSHA Convention.
  • Invisible and Silent No More: Black Deaf Women Share Their Stories - The University of Houston ASL Interpreting Program presented a Panel Discussion featuring Black Deaf women sharing their experiences and struggles being Deaf in America. Please click here for more information on the event.
  • ComD Open House - The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD) hosted an Open House in January 2011 for prospective graduate and post-bachelors students.


  • ASHA 2010- The 2010 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between November 17 and 19. 
  • Visit by President Khator, Provost Antel, and CLASS Dean Roberts - The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders had the pleasure and the privilege of hosting President Renu Khator, Provost John Antel, and CLASS Dean John Roberts. 
  • COMD on UH Moment - Communication Sciences and Disorders was featured on Houston Public Radio. 
  • Autism Walk - The University of Houston Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association formed a team for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event. 
  • Instant CLASSic- Our ComD undergraduate students and faculty participated in the Instant CLASSic event on October 7, 2010. 
  • Faculty Spotlight - Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty member, Ferenc Bunta, is featured on the web page of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. 
  • "INSIDE OUT" - Adam White's award-winning documentary about the life of a child with autism was featured on Fox 26 News.
  • ComD Reception, 2010 - The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston celebrated the graduation of its undergraduate and graduate students and the completion of a successful academic year.
  • Re-Accreditation of our graduate program - We are pleased to announce that our program was re-accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) until 2018.
  • HACD Banquet - The Houston Association for Communication Disorders held its Annual Awards Banquet and Silent Auction on Monday, May 3, 2010 at the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Houston. Please click here to see pictures of this event.
  • "INSIDE OUT" - The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston presented a private screening of Adam White's award-winning documentary, Inside Out. Please click here to find out more about the event.
  • TSHA 2010 - The 2010 Convention of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association was a resounding success. Please visit this link to see the pictures and share in our experiences.
  • "Do You Hear What I Hear?" Conference on Hearing Loss at St. Luke's United Methodist Church- This event was sponsored by St. Luke's United Methodist Church and The University of Houston Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic: A United Way Facilty provided free hearing screenings and the UH Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association offered workshop volunteer services. Dr. Jennifer Meeks, USLHC Staff Audiologist, provided consultation on hearing loss during the conference.