School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

slhs open houseWidening the Community We Serve

SLHS has taken several steps recently to connect with a greater number of San Diegans who might benefit from the clinical services they offer as well as students who might want to enroll in the school.

slhs clinicIn October, the school held an open house. More than 70 people attended the event. Participants learned about the MA program in Speech-Language Pathology as well as the Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders.  The joint program combines studying at both SDSU and the UCSD Medical School. Those who attended the open house were able to ask questions of the faculty members and students and toured the clinic and research labs in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences building.

The school’s two clinics, Speech-Language and Audiology, serve more than 1,000 clients each year with a wide variety of communication challenges and hearing impairments. Established in 1941, the clinics have supported the greater San Diego community with speech-language assessments and intervention, hearing tests, hearing aids, and community support. In order to reach more clients in the community, the clinics recently moved from a fee-based to a donation-based system. In order to support the transition, the school raised more than $4,000 through the SDSU crowd funding system called SDSU STRIVE. Thank you to all who supported the clinics through this specific donation drive. In order to continue to offer clinical services without charge to members of the community, donations are always needed and can be made online at

The Student Success Fee was instituted in 2014. Money is collected from each student and is used to provide programs and opportunities outside of the classroom to enhance student learning.

slhs poster displayEach year groups submit applications for various events or programs and a group of students chooses who will receive funding. This year, five proposals from SLHS were funded.  Some of these will benefit students in their education now and one, the Speech, Language, and Hearing Awareness Day, is targeted to benefit the wider San Diego community:

  • Excellence in Undergraduate Research — A Student Research Symposium will allow 10 undergraduate students to present their individual research and promote research in the field, as well as encourage other students in the discipline to present their
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Guest Speaker Event — Host a speaker series event for undergraduate and graduate students. Speakers will present their leading scientific and clinical research and students will gain clinically relevant knowledge and new insights into certain aspects of the field that are not covered in courses or textbooks.
  • Healing Holistically: A Mind-Body Approach to Client Care — A series of hands-on workshops featuring leaders in the health and education fields that will explore the integration of alternative practices such as yoga and Myofascial Release Approach into traditional treatment programs. Participants will gain valuable skills and the reason- ing and validity behind these alternative tools and how to incorporate them into their work.
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Awareness and Information Day (SAID) — A student-led sympo- sium on the topic of communication disorders and treatment approaches. The event is expected to draw 250 attendees from the community and aims to provide individuals diagnosed with communication disorders to learn more about support and resource opportunities that are available to them within the San Diego community and provide students with valuable knowledge and gain practical
  • American Academy of Audiology: Audiology Now 2017 Conference — Support for doctoral students to attend the annual Audiology NOW conference and gain insights into the newest innovations in the field of Audiology involving technology, treatment options, counseling methods and legislative

Introducing Interim Director Dr. Tracy Love

Tracy Love
Tracy Love

Dr. Love is a Professor in the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.. She serves as the SDSU Director of the Joint SDSU/UCSD Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders, as well as the Director of the Language and Neuroscience Group. She earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Cognition and Neurolinguistics) and her MA in Psychology, both from UC San Diego.  She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University.

Dr. Love’s research interests are centered on language processing throughout the life span. Within this emphasis, her work has focused on examining the nature of the information used during on-going language processing in children and adults both with and without language disorders. Her research includes working with individuals diagnosed with language impairments secondary to stroke and children with specific language impairment. The goal of her research is to determine the neurological organization of language processing. She accomplishes this through the use of different methods including structural and functional neuroimaging, eye-tracking and other behavioral research techniques.