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School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, within McGill’s renowned Faculty of Medicine, was the first university department in Canada to offer both professional and research training at the graduate level in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The School offers outstanding professional training in Speech-Language Pathology through its M.Sc.A Applied degree, as well as state-of-the-art research training via its M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.

The mission of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to advance our understanding of human communication and its disorders and to promote excellence in scholarship as well as in professional service. This is achieved by providing a challenging multidisciplinary learning environment and engaging in scholarly activities that not only advance basic and applied knowledge, but that will ensure our place among the international leaders of the field.

Prospective Students

Speech-Language Pathology - M.Sc.A

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers exceptional professional training leading to a Master of Science (Applied) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with specialization in Speech-Language Pathology.

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Research Training - Ph.D and M.Sc

Our interdisciplinary research training programs provide a unique opportunity for integrated learning. Our students develop the skills and expertise necessary to conceive and conduct innovative, independent research and to prepare for a career of lifelong scholarship.

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Current Students



Honours and Awards


Fayden Bokhari, Speech-Language Pathology student, received the Sir Edward W. Beatty Memorial Award for Best Winter 2014 Research Report at the Student Research Day.

Rachel Schwartz received the 2013 Besner Fellowship for the Study of Human Communication Neuroscience/Bourse de recherché pour l’étude des neurosciences de la communication humaine Lucie Besner. From left to right, Dean Eidelman, Mme Besner, Rachel Schwartz, and Dr. Pell.

Elisa Bucurel, Speech-Language Pathology student, is the recipient of the "William and Laura Victor Memorial Award" for the Best Winter 2013 Research Report with her report titled "Language Deficits in Children with Speech Sound Disorders and Children with SLI: A Step towards a Continuum of Speech and Language Developmental Disorders".

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Clinical Educators

Gabrielle Pharand-Rancourt, 2014 recipient of the Medicine Alumni Global Award – Communication Sciences and Disorders Alumni Award of Merit. From left to right, Jill Harrison, the 2013 winner, Dr. Shari Baum, Acting Director, and Ms. Gabrielle Pharand-Rancourt.

Jill Harrison is the 2013 recipient of the Medicine Alumni Global Award – Communication Sciences and Disorders Alumni Award of Merit.

Carole Montpetit, Lester B. Pearson School Board, received the 2014 Award of Excellence in Clinical Education

Suzanne Lalonde, Ste. Anne Veteran's Hospital, received the 2013 Award of Excellence in Clinical Education

Lorna Dowson, St Mary's Hospital, received the 2013 Award of Excellence in Clinical Education

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Dr. Susan Rvachew was awarded a Fellowship of the Association by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association in 2012. Fellowship is one of the highest honours bestowed by the Association on ASHA members, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the discipline of communications sciences and disorders.

Dr. Marc Pell has been awarded a Chercheur-boursier 'Senior' award from the FRSQ (2010-14).

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SCSD Administrator, Karen Cavanagh, received a 2013 Outstanding Service Award, presented by Dr. Marc Pell at the SCSD 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner.

SCSD Adminstrative Secretary Antoinette Sommer has been recognized by the MUHC Deparment of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology for all she does each fall to make teaching duties at the School run smoothly for our part time teaching staff. A celebration luncheon will be held at the MGH in May, 2005, as part of Speech and Hearing month celebrations.