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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.

News & Announcements

Clinical Outreach Seminar Series Spring 2014

"New Treatment Options for Post-Stroke Aphasia" was presented by Dr. Alexander Thiel on April 7 2014.  Click here to download the slides.

NORTHSTAR Study is recruiting patients with aphasia

Free On-Campus Hearing Screening

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be offering free On-Campus Hearing Screenings!  Come visit us at the McIntyre Medical Building on March 11th and 14th.

The SCSD launches a new logo!

In celebration of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders' 50 years of excellence and service, the School has lauched a new logo!  Click here to read more.

Exciting Developments

SCSD's first On Campus Hearing Screening Event

On March 25th and 26th, 2013, the SCSD held its first On Campus Hearing Screening Event at the Bronfman Building. The event was a huge success. 238 people from the university and the community at large were screened.

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Article Spotlight

May Spotlight

An ERP study of vocal emotion processing in asymmetric Parkinson’s disease. Garrido-Vásquez, P., Pell, M.D., Paulmann, S., Strecker, K., Schwarz, J., & Kotz, S.A. (2013).

April Spotlight

Learning two languages from birth shapes the pre-attentive process of speech perception: Electrophysiological correlates of vowel discrimination in monolingual and simultaneous bilingual users of English and French. Molnar, M., Baum, S.R., Polka, L., & Steinhauer, K. (2013)

March Spotlight

Silent articulation modulates auditory and audiovisual speech perception. Sato M. Troille E, Menard L, Cathiard M-A, Gracco VL (2013).

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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.

Learn more about the M.Sc.A program

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.

Learn more about the Ph.D and M.Sc programs

Current Students


Honours and Awards


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

Jill Harrison, 2013 recipient of the Medicine Alumni Global Award – Communication Sciences and Disorders Alumni Award of Merit. From left to right, Dean Eidelman, Ms. Judith Robillard Schultz, Ms. Jill Harrison, Dr. Marc Pell.

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

Myra Cox, MAB-Mackay, received the 2012 Award of Excellence in Clinical Education.

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

Professor Karsten Steinhauer's "Canada Research Chair in Neurocognition of Language" was renewed for a second 5-year term by the federal Canada Research Program (2008-2013) to support his electrophysiological investigations of the brain's temporal dynamics in language acquisition and processing.

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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.


Events Archive

50th Anniversary

The year 2013 is an important milestone for McGill University’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. As the “SCSD” turns 50, we have much to celebrate. 

International Conference on Multilingualism

On October 24th-25th, the SCSD at McGill University, with support from the CRBLM, has hosted an International Conference on Multilingualism: Linguistic Challenges and Neurocognitive Mechanisms.