The Speech and Language Center at RSC

The Speech and Language Center at Russell Sage seeks to empower people with communication disorders and other speech needs.

The initial clinical program, the Aphasia Center at Russell Sage, will open on July 8, 2024, and will continue the pioneering legacy of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at The College of Saint Rose, which announced that it will close at the end of June 2024.

The center is part of Russell Sage College, which has its own distinguished legacy in the health professions, with long-respected programs in Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, and Mental Health Counseling and Community Psychology.

What Will The Center Do?

The center will host programs to address speech and language needs in the greater Capital Region and North Country.

To address workforce needs in the region, the faculty will work to start two degree programs pending state approval and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accreditation:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
    (coming fall 2025)
  • A Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
    (coming fall 2029)

Funders Sought

The current services offered by The Speech and Language Center at Russell Sage are underwritten by Russell Sage College as well as Medicaid Waivers and self-pay clients.

The College of Saint Rose has had numerous other clinical programs that Russell Sage College would like to develop in the years to come, but philanthropic support is necessary to bring The Speech and Language Center to its fullest potential and serve a greater spectrum of people with communication disorders in the Capital Region, North Country, and beyond.

If you’d like to discuss funding and naming rights opportunities, please contact:

Daniel Christopher
Daniel Christopher

Senior Director of Major Gifts


[email protected]

Contact Us

The Speech and Language Center

140 New Scotland Avenue,
Albany, New York


The parking lot for the center can be accessed off of Academy Road (at the traffic light).

Julie Hart, MS, CCC-SLP

Director of The Aphasia Center

[email protected]

Jack Pickering, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Director of The Gender-Affirming Voice Program

[email protected]