The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to develop professionals who are ethical, knowledgeable, skillful and capable of working independently and in collaboration with clients, families and other professionals. The commitment of the department to this mission is reflected in the undergraduate liberal arts and sciences requirements; in the academic coursework in normal and abnormal development and behavior across the human life span; in coursework that engenders awareness of issues in culturally diverse populations; in human communication disorders, and in diagnostic and treatment methodologies; in clinical practicum requirements; and in coursework teaching research skills that support lifelong learning. Learn More about the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders »


  1. Spring Open House Event »


    The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be hosting an Open House Event on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

  2. NSSLHA State Officer »


    Congratulations to Kelly Decao for being named the State Officer of Virgnia for the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

  3. Fall Open House »


    The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be hosting an Open House Event on Friday October 20, 2017 from 1:00-2:00 pm.

  4. Graduate Program Orientation »


    The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be holding a 2-day orientation session for all new incoming first-year graduate students August 24-25, 2017. Please click on the announcement for more details.

  5. ASHA in Philadelphia »


    If you are heading to Philadelphia to attend ASHA this year, please make sure you stop by Booth 1505 in the Exhibit Hall.

  6. Open House Events »


    The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be hosting 4 mini-Open House Events on Fridays in the months of October, November and December.

Faculty Scholarship Activity

All of the faculty maintain active clinical research programs. Faculty use grant funding to support their scholarly interests, publish and present their research at local, state, regional and national conferences. Much of their research includes graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in learning more about research in speech-language pathology and audiology.

View COSD faculty’s recent scholarship.


  1. Media coverage of Radford University’s planned merger with Jefferson College of Health Sciences »


    Radford University announced on Jan. 18 plans for a potential merger with the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke. The announcement was covered by media outlets across Virginia.

  2. Symposium nurtures health care teamwork across disciplines »


    A wounded warrior and his family were the focus of almost 200 students and faculty during the two sessions of the Waldron College of Health and Human Services’ (WCHHS) Interprofessional Education and Practice Symposium on Nov. 3.

  3. Radford DPT and COSD graduate students mobilize for Hallowheels costume contest »


    Three children will trick or treat in style thanks to teams of graduate students from the Radford University Doctor of Physical Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders Departments. 

  4. Regional conference features presentation by Radford COSD faculty »


    Two faculty from Radford University’s Department of Communication Science and Disorders (COSD) presented at the Southeast University Clinical Education Conference (SEUCE) in Athens, Georgia recently.

  5. Luncheon caps RiteCare summer schedule to enhance children's literacy and language skills »


    Provost Joseph Scartelli joined a celebration to cap the 2017 RiteCare Clinics' summer of helping children develop and enhance communication and literacy skills.

  6. Students' lab experience aids children's communication »


    Rising seniors Adaisha Cole and Lizzy Kunde each received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship grant to work with the Preschool Language Lab.