Our vision is to be a world leader in research, educational programs, and evidence-based clinical services. We provide comprehensive programs of scholarship to advance the understanding of human communication and related disorders, build foundational knowledge and skills for academic and clinical practice for the professional lifetime, and promote a culture of collaboration and respect for others.
Degrees housed in the school
- We house some of the top programs in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
- Undergraduate students can pick between three specializations: Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, or Deaf Education/Deaf Studies.
- Our faculty members welcome undergraduate students into their labs as there are many opportunities for you to participate in ongoing research projects.
- Graduate students conduct original research, participate in symposia, and can serve as research assistants.
- All of those who have earned a Ph.D. in our Department have obtained faculty or other professional positions.
Students receive broad academic preparation in normal processes of communication in addition to identification and treatment of communication disorders.
Announcing the passing of Elizabeth Carrow Woolfolk, PhD
Elizabeth Carrow Woolfolk was a young speech pathologist working in San Antonio when she had her first breakthrough with a patient, a 3-year-old boy she taught through pictures and repetition to discover meaningful language — the beginnings of a 50-year career in which she broke new ground in language theory and assessment and gave voice to millions.
A communications trailblazer, Woolfolk died in her Houston home on Tuesday. She was 94.
“I had the distinct privilege of working with Betty for the last four years, and I will sorely miss her,” said Rajinder Koul, chair of The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. “Betty’s research has made a worldwide impact on the lives of millions of children and adults with communication disorders. She was a pioneer in many ways, and her contributions to advancing speech and language science and clinical practice will be recognized for many decades to come.”
Carrow Woolfolk earned her master’s degree in educational psychology at UT Austin and a doctorate in speech pathology from Northwestern University, where she was the first female doctoral candidate. She went on to establish the Harry Jersig Speech and Hearing Center in San Antonio, one of the first freestanding university speech and language clinics in the country, before returning to UT to lead what was then the speech pathology and audiology program.
Carrow Woolfolk’s contributions to the Moody College of Communication are innumerable. A chairperson for the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and board member for the college, she devoted her life to improving diagnosis and treatment of children and adults with language disorders. Her philanthropy has allowed for the creation of the Woolfolk Center for Research in Language Disorders at UT, where researchers will establish a comprehensive database dedicated to answering and understanding language disorders across a lifespan.
Carrow Woolfolk is most known for developing several widely used speech and language standardized tests to assess children and adults with language impairment. In addition to her numerous contributions to UT, she also established speech pathology services at Methodist, St. Luke's and Texas Children's Hospitals in Houston and authored more than a dozen books.
“The essence of life is communication,” Carrow Woolfolk often said. She had sincere empathy for those who were unable to speak or convey their thoughts and ideas, which made her forever strive for progress.
Funeral service information is available online.