• The Department of Communicative Disorders welcomes Marc Maffei - The Department of Communicative Disorders is excited to announce that Marc Maffei will be joining the faculty in academic year 2024-25. Dr. Maffei received his PhD at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, under the mentorship of Dr. Jordan Green, and is currently conducting post-doctoral research at Boston University. His research focuses on motor speech […]
  • MS-SLP program rank rises again. - The MS program in Speech-Language Pathology continues its rising trajectory, according to the latest US News and World Report rankings, released on April 9th, 2024. The program is tied at #78 (up from #109 last year) out of 318 SLP programs in the country, putting it in the top 25% of programs nationally. Programs are ranked by US […]
  • Dr. Barry Prizant to give two invited talks. - On April 25th, he will present at UCLA on the topic of “Neurodiversity in the classroom“ (see On April 27th, he will provide the keynote address, along with Kate Swenson, at the Autism Strong Foundation conference in Charlotte, NC (see 
  • URI study examines audio-visual speech perception in parents of children with autism - Research on ‘Broad Autism Phenotype’ potentially affecting direct relatives aims to better understand the broader picture of autism
  • ALS Panel Discussion - On Thursday, April 11th, 4:15-5:30 PM, volunteers from the I AM ALS group ( will be doing a Zoom panel presentation in the Motor Speech Disorders class. All are invited. The meeting will include a brief presentation about ALS and the group I AM ALS, followed by a Q&A session with panelists who are living with ALS. […]
  • Ducky goes to the audiologist. - Clinical Associate Professor Rachel Smith illustrates A Day in the Life of an Audiologist. If you like pushing people’s buttons, this career could be for you!
  • Alisa Baron to present on Assessment Practices for Multilingual Learners - On Tuesday, March 26, 2024 (6:45 pm – 9:00 pm), Dr. Alisa Baron will give a Zoom presentation to RISHA (Rhode Island Speech and Hearing Association) members about the diagnosis of language differences and disorders in multilingual learners. Please contact RISHA’s Office Manager at for registration information. 
  • Olivia Sullivan is RISHA’s 2023 Patricia M. Stephens Memorial Scholarship winner - The Rhode Island Speech and Hearing Association (RISHA) established this scholarship to honor and remember Pat Stephens, a speech-language pathologist who touched the lives of many students and colleagues in the Woonsocket, RI school system. Olivia will graduate from URI with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in May, 2024. She plans to pursue a […]
  • Allan Shaw elected next president of RISHA - Adjunct faculty member Allen Shaw has been elected as the next president of the Rhode Island Speech and Hearing Association (RISHA). The term starts in January and lasts for 2 years. RISHA is a state organization that supports speech-language pathologists and audiologists by advocating on behalf of the professions, raising awareness, and providing professional development […]
  • URI Speech and Hearing Centers partner with OSCIL to give ‘Gift of Hearing’ to community - Partnership provides hearing aids, services to those in need at full-service audiology clinic on University of Rhode Island campus.

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