Investigators in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences conduct cutting-edge research in all facets of communication sciences and disorders. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding agencies fund much of this research directly.

The Department maintains well-equipped laboratories and provides technical and administrative support to its scientists. In addition, special research facilities providing programming and general computer services, as well as assistance in human subject recruitment, are supported with funding from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

Research training is central to the mission of the Department. Students are involved in research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate students participate in independent study or Honors Thesis research, M.S. students complete Master’s Thesis research, and Au.D. students complete Capstone research projects. Our Ph.D. students transition from supervised research with their mentors to more independent Dissertation research, and postdoctoral fellows collaborate with their mentors as they develop independent research programs. 

Faculty and students in the Department also collaborate with colleagues around campus in a variety of research projects. Collaborators include members of the College of Education and Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Electrical Engineering, and Psychology, and other departments across the UW campus, as well researchers at other national and international universities.