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Department of Communication Disorders

Mission Statement

To prepare professionals to positively impact the lives of a diverse community of individuals with exceptionalities.

The mission of the Communication Disorders Program is to provide training and leadership to positively impact the lives of persons with speech, language, hearing, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. This mission is accomplished through the preparation of individuals who will provide services in a variety of settings by facilitating their development from student to scholar to professional. The mission is actualized through functional, collaborative, and accountable best practices in teaching and learning; administration, supervision, and leadership; research and creative activities; and community outreach. Our inclusive academic and clinical program is committed to respond to the diverse needs of the students, the clients, and other community stakeholders we serve.

Please see our Strategic Plan for more details and information on how we plan to implement our mission.

Vision Statement

The Communication Disorders Program is dedicated to excellence and best practices for delivering speech, language, hearing, cognitive, and swallowing services to diverse populations.

Core Values

• Visionary Excellence • High Standards • Compassionate Support • Team Work • Collegiality • Unity
• Professionalism • Ethics • Integrity • Respect for Diversity

Equity Statement

Students, faculty, staff, and persons served in the program’s clinic are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner – that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, participation restriction, age, sexual orientation, or status as a parent. The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto.



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The Master of Arts (M.A.) residential education program in speech-language pathology at  New Mexico State University is  accredited  by  the Council  on  Academic  Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language  Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310,
Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


The Department of Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University is located in the  Communication Sciences Building and the main office can be found in Room 245.




Welcome from the Interim Department Head


Thank you for your interest in the Department of Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University! We offer student-focused undergraduate and graduate programs in communication sciences and disorders. I invite you to explore the information on this website about our graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology, leading to a Master of Arts degree,  and our undergraduate programs - both on the Las Cruces campus and online - leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders.

If you are looking for clinical services for yourself or a loved one with a communication or swallowing disorders, please visit the Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Center's section of this website.

The Department of Communication Disorders also houses the Papen-Aprendamos Autism Diagnostic Center, where we provide interdisciplinary autism evaluations and re-evaluations to children and adults.

Dr. Heike Lehnert-LeHouillier

(575) 646-2402


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