The earliest records we have suggest that what is now the Speech-Language Pathology Department at SUNY Buffalo State began in the early 1950s, as a specialty area within the Department of English. Although English may seem an unusual place for a program such as ours, it was not an uncommon academic home for its day. From its inception as an independent discipline in the 1930s, speech-language pathology has had cross-disciplinary roots. Its national founders came from fields as diverse as psychology, speech communication (“elocution”), linguistics, theater, education, and medicine. Though diverse in background, all shared an interest in the processes of human communication and a concern for individuals for whom communication was a challenge.
Over the years, the clinic has continued to expand its service to the community. In addition to offering assessment and treatment services to individuals of all ages who present with a range of communication disorders, the clinic provides services in three satellite locations. During the summer months, the clinic offers several intensive treatment programs that regularly fill to capacity. The clinic also offers innovative group therapy for persons with aphasia, under the guidance of Dr. Deborah Insalaco, a specialist in aphasia treatment.
The Speech-Language Pathology Department is currently and has been home to several notable faculty members. These have included:
Many faculty members from past years were recognized as national and international experts in their field of study. These renowned former faculty include:
The current faculty have maintained this tradition of excellence in basic and clinically applied scholarship.
The Speech-Language Pathology Department is proud of its alumni. As a group, graduates of our MS.Ed. program in Speech-Language Pathology have gone on to have successful careers treating persons across the nation who have speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Collectively, these graduates have improved the lives of thousands (if not millions) of children and adults.
We hope to continue attracting and educating the next generation of alumni to fill the national need for compassionate and evidence-based speech-language pathologists.
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