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On-Campus Clinical Centers

On-Campus Clinical Centers Serving the Community

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Department of Physical Therapy – both part of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences – operate clinical centers on the Institute's campus in the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, providing pro bono services to residents of area communities.

Clients at all the centers are seen by graduate students who are supervised by certified and licensed faculty members. They provide more than $1 million in free services to people who have exhausted their insurance benefits or who cannot afford treatment.

Speech, Language and Literacy Center

The Speech, Language and Literacy Center, part of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, strengthens the Institute's commitment to the convergence of science and practice by involving faculty and students in providing free or low-cost speech, language, and reading services to children and adults from the Greater Boston area. 

The Center offers specialty services in the areas of aphasia, autism, preschool speech and language disorders, and dyslexia. The Center provides an average of 200 patient visits each week. Families from the Charlestown community are given preference for available openings.

Clinicians are graduate students enrolled in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs. Clinicians are mentored by certified and licensed faculty members of the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Occupational Therapy.

For Inquiries:
Lesley Maxwell, MS, CCC-SLP
Coordinator, Speech, Language and Literacy Center
(617) 643-5195 (please, leave a message)

Aphasia Center

The Aphasia Center assists adults who have partial or total inability to produce or understand speech due to brain damage caused by injury or disease, such as people who have had a stroke. It is part of the Speech, Language, and Literacy Center in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Learn more at the Aphasia Center website for clients and their families.

For Inquiries:

  • Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Aphasia Center: (617) 724-6314

Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion

The Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion, part of the Department of Physical Therapy, opened in May 2010.

The clinicians are graduate students enrolled in our Doctor of Physical Therapy,  Master of Science in Physical Therapy, and Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs. Clinicians are mentored by certified and licensed faculty members of the Departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

The clinicians in the Center provide pro bono services to individuals in the local community who may not otherwise have access to such care. The students care for clients with a range of orthopedic, neurological, and multi-system impairments.

For Inquiries:
Clinical Assistant Professor Jane Baldwin, DPT, NCS
Associate Director of Clinical Education
Coordinator, Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion
(857) 272-2920

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