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Welcome to the CSD Department!


  • Dr. Karasinski and students present at the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders in Madison, WI (Bibliography, Abstract and Poster)
  • GVSU CSD Department recognized as part of MIPERC receiving the 2017 Interdisciplinary Group Award received by the National Academies of Practice.
  • Dr. Rankinen, co-authoring with CSD undergrads (Paige Cornillie, Julianne Forsgard, Samantha Gibbs, Delani Griffin and Olivia Lawson), selected to present two posters at the 173rd National Acoustical Society of America conference in Boston, MA on June 25-29, 2017 (Abstract 1 and Abstract 2)
  • Dr. Rankinen awarded an external research grant from the National Finlandia Foundation in March, 2017.
  • Dr. Rankinen, co-authoring with S. Bibyk (Vanderbilt Univeristy), W. Heeren (Utrecht University), A. Albin (Kobe University), A.P. Salverda, C. Gunlogson, & M.K. Tanenhaus (University of Rochester), selected to present a poster at the 30th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing at MIT in Cambridge, MI on March 30th - April 1st, 2017 (Abstract and Poster)
  • Dr. Karasinski's 2017 open access published article on reading predictors of engagement and achievement
  • Dr. Karasinski's article published in Speech, Language, and Hearing


Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Grand Valley State University.  This is an exceptional time to join the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.  It is also an especially exciting time to be a part of these professions at GVSU as we are initiating, and refining a masters of speech-language pathology (M.S.), a doctor of audiology (Au.D.), and an undergraduate major in communication sciences and disorders (B.S.).

The department began educating undergraduate students in Fall, 2010.  Since then the number of undergrads has grown from 15 to nearly 90.  The new M.S. in SLP was awarded candidacy accreditation and an initial cohort of students began in Fall, 2013.  Several cohorts have now graduated and are working as SLPs in Michigan, the Midwest, and across the country.  An Au.D. is being proposed with a start date that is yet to be determined.  Both of these graduate programs are innovative in design so as to move students through their education and into employment as rapidly as possible.

We are fortunate to have a dynamic and talented faculty who have specifically chosen GVSU so as to be a part of the creation and implementation of new programs.  Check out our profiles to see the diversity of the faculty in our areas of expertise and the types of background and experience in the professions.  We are committed to providing a rigorous and intensive educational experience to students who are dedicated and committed to becoming expert practitioners in these fields.

The CSD Calendar:

There is not a better place in Michigan or beyond to study speech-language pathology or audiology, or other health-care professions, than GVSU.  We are located on the famous “Medical Mile” in downtown Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan and where major medical and healthcare expansion is underway.  The College of Health Professions is experiencing tremendous growth with new programs, buildings, and labs.  The university is known for its outstanding programs in the health professions, with an enrollment of over 25,000 students across four campuses in west Michigan. On behalf of our faculty and staff I welcome you and invite you to become actively engaged in your education in one or more of our programs.  Please browse the pages of our website and contact us if we can provide additional information.

Contact Information:

515 Michigan St. NE, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-331-5540
Fax: 616-331-5544

Dan C. Halling, Ph.D., CCC-A

Professor and Department Chair

Communication Sciences and Disorders