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Arnold School of Public Health

Speech and Hearing Research Center

Our Center provides quality diagnostic and treatment programs for individuals of all ages with communication disabilities. Committed to excellence in service, teaching and research, the Center serves to fulfill its mission to meet the needs of a diverse community with regards to the nature, prevention, diagnosis, and to treatment of disorders of communication. Patients within the USC Speech & Hearing Research Center are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner-that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran. The USC Speech & Hearing Research Center complies with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto.

About Us

The USC Speech and Hearing Research Center provides a variety of evaluation and treatment programs for individuals of all ages. The evaluation process aims to identify and describe areas of strength and weakness related to articulation, language, voice, hearing and fluency as well those factors that prevent or facilitate effective communication in everyday life. Treatment programs are based on needs identified during the evaluation, by capitalizing on an individual’s strengths and reducing barriers to effective communication. Individual and/or group programming may be recommended and family/parent involvement is strongly encouraged throughout the treatment process. Therapy is carried out under the direction of certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists and involves graduate-level clinical teaching and research. Individuals participating in services at the Center may be asked to participate in research at any time during their treatment.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to provide individuals with communication disorders the highest quality and most effective evaluation and treatment in order to improve social, educational and vocational participation.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The USC Speech and Hearing Research Center complies with all federal regulations to provide strong privacy and security protection of patients medical records as well as to give patients increased access to their medical records. The following links provide information on the center’s Notice of Privacy Practice (English and Spanish).


Contact Us


Speech and Hearing Research Center
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of South Carolina
Keenan Building, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29208

Patient Entrance:
1229 Marion Street, Second level
Columbia, SC 29201 

Mailing Address:
1224 Sumter Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201

Speech and Hearing Research Center Contacts:
Receptionist Lupita DeLeon
phone: 803-777-2717
Billing Associate Judy Morris
phone: 803-777-2019


Appointments Kathryn Burnette
phone: 803-777-2724
Business Office Carrie Hendrix
phone: 803-777-2630
Director Danielle Varnedoe
phone: 803-777-2629
Fax 803-253-4143
Cochlear Implant Program 803-777-2614