Department of Linguistics


USM NSSLHA Mission Statement:

The local NSSLHA chapter at USM was created to help students in their aspirations to become ASHA-certified Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists by preparing them for graduate school and their field. It wishes to bring resources to interested students by means of GRE preparatory groups, professional speaker sessions, and networking with graduate programs in the Northeast as well as other NSSLHA chapters. The chapter was also created to provide general awareness about these professions to the USM community and greater Portland area through social media, fundraisers, and USM open houses.

Founded in 1972, NSSLHA is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication. NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

NSSLHA has approximately 13,000 members with chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities. NSSLHA membership is available to any part- or full-time, graduate or undergraduate student interested in the study of communication disorders.

Students pursuing academic study as speech-language pathology assistants, students pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy or Doctorate of Audiology, as well as students enrolled in a communication sciences and disorders (CSD) program outside of the United States can be members of National NSSLHA.

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Contact Information:

Marissa Willette - President:

Katie Tewksbury - Vice President:

Erin Martin - Secretary: