Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Pathology and Audiology

NOTE: Department/Program Name Change in the Catalogue from Speech Pathology & Audiology to Communication Sciences and Disorders

2016 Sacramento State Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree 

Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain ’73, MS '75 (Speech Pathology and Audiology), Director/Owner, The Swain Center

For thousands of children and adults with communication, learning or processing disorders, Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain is a beacon of light in a dark and confusing world. Swain founded her Santa Rosa practice in 1985 with a focus on pediatric early intervention for speech and language development delays, as well as autism and autism spectrum disorders. Swain is also a past president of the California Association of Speech Pathologists and Audiologists in Private Practice. 

The Distinguished Alumni Awards event was held on Thursday, April 28th, at the Harper Alumni Center, Sacramento State. For more details on the event, visit: http://www.csus.edu/alum/programs/daa.html 

Sacramento State Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Research and Community Service: Making A Global Impact

Sac State Speech Pathology and AudiologyClinical Research and Community Service Global Impact

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The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Pathology and Audiology) at Sacramento State offers an impressive level of expertise to the Sacramento community and surrounding areas. The clinic, housed within the department, provides assessment and treatment services for a wide variety of children and adults with communication disorders.

Providing innovative, evidence-based assessment and treatment methodologies to those seeking to improve their functional communication skills has been a primary focus of speech and language therapy offered in our clinic. All assessments and therapy are conducted by graduate student clinicians under direct supervision
of department faculty.

Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized as experts in our field. They possess both national certification and state licenses in speech-language pathology or audiology. Our Clinical Research and Community Outreach activities impact not only the Sacramento region, but also in communities across the globe.


Our mission is to train competent professionals in speech, language pathology and audiology with an appropriate scientific background, clinical skill and an appreciation for the need to continue learning beyond formal academic training.

Strategic Goals

  • Encourage innovative teaching, research opportunities, and scholarly activities
  • Enhance community partnerships
  • Provide quality academic and clinical training
  • Support Student Success