ADJUNCT OPPORTUNITIES – From time to time, opportunities arise for part-time clinical or academic positions. To express interest and inquire about availability, please contact:Clinic Director Jane Tragesser at 713.743.2773 for clinic part-time adjunct supervisor or part-time community outreach direct service delivery positions, Department Chair Peggy Blake at 713.743.2894 for academic positions and American Sign Language Institute Program Director Sharon Hill at 713.743.4140 for openings.
Welcome to our news and events archive page.
- We are pleased to welcome Heather Dial, Ph.D. and Katherine Ermgodts, Ph.D. to our faculty. To find out more about them, click here.
- New Publications from Associate Professor Amber Thiessen Congratulations to Amber Thiessen, Ph.D. on her two recent publications in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
- Journal of Voice Publication Congratulations to Ashwini Joshi, Ph.D. and Teresa Procter, COMD alum, on their publication in the Journal of Voice.
- Congratulations Drs. Dunkelberger and Pott! Martha Dunkelberger was promoted to Instructional Full Professor and Scot Pott was promoted to Instructional Associate Professor.
- Congratulations Class of 2021!
- Congratulations Arden Alldredge! 4.0 Summa Cum Laude graduate Class of 2021.
- Congratulations Dr. Ross! Dr. Byron Ross received the William T. Simpkins Service Award from the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
- New Publication Congratulation to Dr. Anny Castilla-Earls on her recent manuscript published in Speech, Language, and Hearing Services in Schools!
- USLHC Summer Programs The University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic (USLHC) at the University of Houston is pleased to offer multiple summer programs. The Cougar Communication Group will Discover the Magic in-person, and Sound Wizards and Reading Wizards are virtual programs focusing on /s/ and /r/ sounds and literacy. Page Turners targets adult literacy, and SwIFT is a feeding therapy clinic.
- Kudos to Monique Mills, Ph.D. for coordinating a forum as well as contributing multiple articles in the journal Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. To hear Mills' interview with ASHA on this topic, click here.
- See My Blackness and Acknowledge It – Congratulations to Sharon Hill for her recent publication in NEWSLI, the quarterly journal for sign language interpreters in the UK.
- Congratulations Anny Castilla-Earls, Ph.D.! – Castilla-Earls was recently named to the Language and Communication Study Section of the National Institutes of Health.
Past News and Events Items
- Read letter about Race and Social Injustice by COMD Department Chair and Professor Peggy Blake.
- New Publication in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research – Congratulations to Ashwini Joshi, Ph.D. and recent COMD graduate, Isha Baheti, on their new publication!
- Congratulations to Abbie Dueppen – Abbie Dueppen wrote an article for the Voice Foundation newsletter titled “Pivot or Plummet” on page 5. Dueppen is a member our inaugural class of Ph.D. students and mentored by Associate Professor and Faculty member Ashwini Joshi.
- Congratulations to Monique Mills, Ph.D. for being selected as one of 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America by Cell Press! Click here to read more about Mills and other CLASS faculty receiving this accolade.
- Speech-Language Pathologists enhance lives throughout the pandemic – Speech-Language Pathologists are continuing to help their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Cougar Communication Pals Summer 2020 – Attached is information regarding Cougar Communication Pals (CCPals), an innovative and interactive summer program for preschool and school aged children provided through telepractice. Opportunities to connect with other pals during literacy, cooking and science activities are provided.
- UH Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic Offering Virtual Therapy – The University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic: A United Way agency has expanded the way it treats patients as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. All sessions are now being conducted remotely to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- USLHC Update – Please see the attached message regarding the delivery of services through the COVID-19 restrictions. We are pleased to be offering telepractice for all ages and communication needs.
- Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention – COMD faculty, clinical educators and students are presenting at the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention in Houston, TX.
- Open House and Information Session (Graduate, PB and SLPA) – On January 8, 2020, prospective applicants are encouraged to attend an Open House for the graduate program or Information Session about the post-baccalaureate leveling and SLPA programs.
- Hot Topics in Speech-Language Pathology – The seminar has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the UH Sugar Land campus.
- Ashwini Joshi, Ph.D. and Teresa Procter were featured in Journal of Voice.
- COMD welcomes its first group of Ph.D. students!
- Monique Mills, Ph.D. was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Kia Johnson, Ph.D. was featured in CLASS News about classes that address racial and cultural issues.
- Anny Castilla-Earls, Ph.D. and Monique Mills, Ph.D. participated in the Women in Leadership Conference which focused on diversity.
- Kia Noelle Johnson, Ph.D. was recently awarded a 2020 UH Teaching Excellence Award.
- Anny Castilla-Earls, Ph.D. is the recipient of a GEAR Award to study the role of language of intervention and language proficiency on treatment outcomes.
- Congratulations to Clinical Associate Professor Laura Cizek on earning her Ed.D.
- Congratulations to Olga Guerra for achieving her Ed.D.
- ASHA 2019 – COMD 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 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, TN, received both her B.A. and M.S. 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, FL after graduation and began her career working in higher education. She worked as an admissions counselor at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, AL 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 four faculty spent a week in Belize working to help children and their families get the speech, language and hearing services they need.
- Ph.D. Program in COMD at UH Approved – The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the establishment of the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston. The program is being established and currently not eligible for federal financial aid.
- Congratulations, Instructional Associate Professor Scott Pott! – Scot Pott received his Ed.D. in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education from Lamar University.
- Kia Johnson, Ph.D. and Monique Mills, Ph.D. Earned Research Award – Johnson and 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.
- UH ASLI Students Featured in Houston Deaf Senior Citizens Newsletter – UH ASLI students were featured in the Houston Deaf Senior Citizens May newsletter.
- Students and faculty from University of Houston’s Communication Sciences and Disorders participated in this year’s UT Health Science Center Stomp Out Stroke festival on April 28. At the event, students provided education about how different areas of the brain help with communication and gave information about the speech, language and hearing services the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences provides through the University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic: A United Way Agency.
- Anny Castilla-Earls, Ph.D. was awarded a National Institute of
Deafnessand 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 David Francias, Arturo Hernandez, Jack Fletcher andNonnie Lesaux.
- Information Sessions (Graduate, SLPA and PB) and Open House (Graduate) – Prospective Graduate, SLPA and/or Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program students are welcome to attend an information session about the program(s). There will also be an open house for our prospective graduate students. Please click here for more information.
- The Houston Chronicle publishes Speech-Language Pathologists in High Demand, noting a strong demand for speech-language pathologists and an expectation to increase faster than average compared to other professions.
- Mayor's Back to School Fest, 2016 – The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Center for Hearing and Speech participated in the 2016 Mayor's Back to School Fest held at UH.
- Ms. Ary receives President's Award: Congratulations to Samantha Ary, who received a President's Award in recognition for her meritorious service, dedication and contribution to the University beyond the requirements and expectations of the job.
- Congratulations 2016 Class! Our annual COMD reception was a success.
- UH ASLI Students Take the Stage: UH ASLI students provide interpreting service for deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members during the Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) production of “Oliver!”
- Cougar Communication Groups – These affordable and intensive summer therapy groups are for children ages 18 months and up. They are designed to improve speech and language skills and maintain
progressmade during the school year. Please click here for the 2016 flyer in English or in Spanish (en Español).
- Deaf Awareness Night – Celebrate Deaf Awareness Night with the Houston Rockets on February 6 at the Toyota Center!
- Multicultural Concerns Collective Celebration at ASHA 2015: Johnson and Ross – The Multicultural Concerns Collective Celebration at ASHA 20015 will showcase the ways in which Associate Professor and Post Baccalaureate Leveling Program Director Kia Noelle Johnson, Ph.D. and Instructional Associate Professor Byron Ross, Ph.D. lead the way to cultural competence.
- Byron Ross: Helping People with ASD – This UH feature about Ross describes his work involving helping people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- ASHA 2015 – The 2015 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is held in Denver, CO.
- Student Success: Millicent Campbell – Congratulations to Millicent Campbell from the University of Houston Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She was accepted into ASHA's Minority Student Leadership Program.
- Graduate, Post-Baccalaureate and SLPA Information Sessions and Graduate Open House – Prospective graduate, post-baccalaureate and SLPA students are welcome to attend information sessions about the programs. There will also be a Graduate Program Open House.
- Anny Castilla-Earls – We welcome Associate Professor Castilla-Earls as our new COMD faculty member.
- Congratulations to Caitlin Calder! – Caitlin Calder was the recipient of a 2015 Frontier Fiesta Scholarship.
- Congratulations, Class of 2015! – Our Annual COMD Reception was held on May 9, 2015.
- Hot Topics in Speech-Language Pathology – The seminar was very successful, thanks to our attendees and presenters.
- Day of the Child/Dia del Niño – On Saturday, April 25, 2015, graduate students from the COMD program provided hearing screenings for Day of the Child/Dia del Niño, a health fair sponsored by the Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.
- Job Fair 2015 – The department of communication sciences and disorders at the University of Houston held its annual job fair for our students and prospective employers on March 4, 2015.
- TSHA 2015 – The 2015 Annual Convention of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association is held in San Antonio, TX.
- Lynn Maher Honored by HARC – Lynn Maher, Ph.D. was honored by the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center at their annual fundraising luncheon.
- UH NSSLHA Students at the Texas Capitol – Members of our UH chapter of NSSLHA visited the Texas State Capitol to discuss current issues with our State legislators.
- SLPA Information Sessions – Prospective SLPA students are welcome to attend information sessions about the program.
- Chung Hwa Brewer – Graduate student of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Chung Hwa Brewer received an award from TSHFoundation/HACD.
- Running for HARC – Karen De Luna, Sara Molnar
andKarindy Orr ran the Half Marathon to raise funds for the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center.
- Kia Johnson – We welcome
AsociateProfessor Kia Johnson to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston.
- Tonya Freeland – Graduate student of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Tonya Freeland received a prestigious award from ASHA, and she is featured on the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences web page.
- Occupational Outlook for Speech-Language Pathologists – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook expects the need for speech-language pathologists to increase faster than average compared to other professions.
- Mayor's Back to School Fest, 2014 – The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Center for Hearing and Speech participated in the 2014 Mayor's Back to School Fest held at UH.
- Cougar Cupcake Challenge – First place was awarded to the University of Houston Sugar Land team for participation in the Cougar Cupcake Challenge on Friday, August 8, 2014.
- ASHA 2014 – The 2014 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is held in Orlando, FL.
- Congratulations, Class of 2014! – Our Annual COMD Reception was held on May 8, 2014.
- May is Better Hearing and Speech Month – In recognition of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month, free hearing screenings are held in May (for anyone 10 years or older). The University Speech- Language-Hearing Clinic: A United Way facility invites you to
getyour hearing screened.
- One-on-One with Tier One – Ferenc Bunta's research is featured on the UH Division of Research site.
- Job Fair 2014 – The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston held its annual job fair for our students and prospective employers on March 19, 2014.
- TSHA 2014 – The 2014 Annual Convention of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association is held in Houston, TX. Please click here for more information about our presentations at the 2014 TSHA Convention.
- Online Graduate Applications – Prospective COMD graduate students can now apply
onlineto our program.
- ASHA 2013 – The 2013 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association was held in Chicago, IL.
- Graduate Program Open House – The graduate program will host an Open House on
Wednesday,January 8, 2013from 1–3 p.m. Interested applicants will have the opportunity to hear information about the graduate program, ask questions, meet the faculty and current graduate students, and tour the facility.
- Michelle Ivey and Byron Ross at HACD – COMD Professors Ivey
andRoss presented at the Houston Association for Communication Disorders Full Day Pediatric Workshop on Saturday,October 26th, 2013. Click here for more information.
- Dia De
laMujer Latina y Familias – The Day of the Latin Woman and Families was held on Saturday, October 12, 2013at the USLHC.
- CEU Event at the Center for Hearing and Speech – The Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston is holding a CEU event on Using Music to Enhance Communication at Home and School: A Developmental Perspective.
- New Tenure-Track COMD Faculty – We welcome two new tenure-track Assistant Professors, Ashwini Joshi
andAmber Thiessen to the COMD faculty in 2013.
- Mayor's Back to School Fest – Houston Mayor, Annise Parker, held the event at the University of Houston. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Center for Hearing and Speech participated in the event.
- Project T.A.L.K. – Our COMD students participated in Project T.A.L.K. at the Center for Hearing and Speech, Houston, TX. Please visit the Center for Hearing and Speech for more information.
- Student Success – Our graduate and undergraduate COMD students had a very successful 2012-2013 academic year.
- Congratulations, Class of 2013! – Our Annual COMD Reception was held on May 9, 2013.
- CLASS Feature about COMD – As a May 2013 article posted on the CLASS web page points out, the high demand for speech-language pathologists gives our graduate program 98% job placement rate.
- Hot Topics: Building a Foundation of Excellence – Our Hot Topics Seminar on Building a Foundation of Excellence in Supervision and Mentoring was a resounding success. The event was held on the UH Sugar Land campus on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
- Cougar Communication Group – These affordable and intensive summer therapy groups are for children ages 18 months and up. They are designed to improve speech and language skills and maintain
progressmade during the school year.
- May is Better Hearing and Speech Month – In recognition of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month, free hearing screenings are held in May (for anyone 10 years or older). The University Speech- Language-Hearing Clinic: United Way invites you
getyour hearing screened.
- Terrell Brittain featured in the Daily Cougar – Our own ASLI Assistant Professor, Terrell Brittain, was featured in a Daily Cougar article, titled "Sign language professor transcends the spectrum of sound."
- Ms. Bruce and Ms. Reed Present at the Southeast Texas Speech, Language, and Hearing Association – "Help, I have a Fluency Case:
Hands OnWays to Treat Fluency in the School Setting," was hosted in Beaumont on February 23, 2013by the Southeast Texas Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.
- Jennifer Meeks receives Staff Council Award – Staff Council recognized 25 meritorious staff – including Professor Meeks – as representatives of the diversity and the broad range of positions and talents that support the University's missions.
- Monica McHenry and colleagues on UH Moment – Associate Professor McHenry and her collaborators' research on professional voice was featured on KUHF News UH Moment.
- ASHA 2012 – The 2012 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association will be held in Atlanta, GA between November 15 and 17.
- Lidcombe Program Workshop – You are cordially invited to attend the Lidcombe Program Workshop in Houston that will be held at the University of Houston on October 4 and 5.
- Melissa Bruce – Our clinic director, Ms. Bruce, won the prestigious HACD Tina Bangs Award.
- Congratulations, Mr. Whitley! – Tom Whitley, our COMD Program Coordinator, received an employee excellence award.
- Congratulations, Class of 2012! – Our Annual COMD Reception was held on May 10, 2012.
- Better Hearing and Speech Month – In recognition of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month, free hearing screenings will be held in May (for anyone 10 years or older).
- Cougar Communication Groups – These affordable and intensive summer therapy groups are designed to improve speech and language skills for children ages two and up and maintain
progressmade during the school year.
- TSHA 2012 – The 2012 Convention of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association was a resounding success. Congratulations to our TSHA Praxis Bowl winners!
- Monica McHenry at the 16th Biennial Conference on Motor Speech – Her presentation was on “The Benefit of Stretched Speech: Increased Articulatory Precision or Increased Processing Time?”
- Stephanie Daniels at ISC 2012 – Daniels gave a presentation on the Current Science in Dysphagia Screening at the International Stroke Conference 2012: State-of-the-Art Nursing Symposium and Pre-conference Symposium.
- Untold Stories of Black Deaf Men – The second annual “Untold Stories” event at UH to uncover the realities faced by Black deaf men in America was held on Saturday, February 25.
- 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,
2012at 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 email@example.com.
- Third Ward Health Fair – A Community Health Fair for the homeless and underserved was held on November 12, 2011, providing medical screenings, health education
andreferral 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: Stephanie Daniels, 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 Rachel Aghara, a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and UH's Arte Público Press.
- 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,
2011will take the revised test.
- Teaching Excellence Award for Martha Dunkelberger – Congratulations to 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
- 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-requiredethics 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.
- COMD Open House – The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD) hosted an Open House in January 2011 for prospective graduate and post-baccalaureate 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 Oct. 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,
2010at the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Houston.
- "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."
- 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-Hearing Clinic: United Way to provide free hearing screenings, and the UH Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association offered workshop volunteer services. Jennifer Meeks, USLHC Staff Audiologist, provided consultation on hearing loss during the conference.