The Neuroscience on the Web Series

Patrick McCaffrey, Ph.D on his Harley

Patrick McCaffrey, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
California State University, Chico

Welcome to Neuroscience on the Internet! I would like to tell you a few things about myself. The Harley belonged to Neil Diamond. It is a 1979 with attached sidecar. I'm originally from Killavullen, County Cork, Ireland. Killavullen near Mallow in the Blackwater Valley a wonderful place . Edmund Burke, the great 18th century Irish statesman, Parliamentary orator, political thinker, and supporter of the principles behind the American revolution was related to the Killavullen Nagles, and spent much of his childhood in Killavullen during the summer. He attended a hedge school on the grounds of Monanimy castle, just outside the village. The ancestral home of the Hennessy Cognac family, Ballymacmoy House is in Killavullen.

I went through national school in Killavullen, and secondary school Mallow, Co Cork and Tullow, Co Carlow, as well as six months at St. Patrick's High School in lWatertown, Massachusetts. I did my university work in the USA. My bachelor's degree is from Curry College. Milton, Mass. 1969. My M.A. is from Montclair State University, New Jersey, 1971 and my Ph.D. is from Ohio University Athens, 1975.

All of my lecture notes are included as well as links to interesting and informative sites. I developed the graphic images with assistance from Walter Crane, an undergraduate computer graphics student. I drew rough drafts of the images and he reproduced them for the website. There are glossaries of terms and study questions. In addition to neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, there are two courses dealing with neuropathologies of the upper aero digestive tract (swallowing), and speech and language/cognition. CMSD 636 deals with right hemisphere and aphasia syndromes while CMSD 642 covers dysphagia, apraxia and dysarthria. I don't know when I will teach them again.

If I teach them again the neuroanatomy course should be taken prior to taking the other two courses, unless you already have a background in neuroanatomy.

I will not be offering my on-line courses for the immediate future. If/when this changes I will put the information on the website. If you are an instructor using my site please inform me.


Please read the medical disclaimer: This series is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating any health problems or disorder of swallowing, speech or language. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have any health problem or disorder of communication or swallowing you should consult your health care provider.

I also created and taught other courses at the University such as CMSD 351 Language Development.

Online Course List:

CMSD 620 Neuroanatomy of Speech, Swallowing, and Language

CMSD 636 Neuropathologies of Language and Cognition

CMSD 642 Neuropathologies of Swallowing and Speech

Aphasia and Apraxia at a Glance

Dysarthria at a Glance

My e-mail:

Copyright,1997-2015. Patrick McCaffrey, Ph.D.

Graduate Assistants: Rebecca Carson Steele, Doug McColl, and Kaelin Lundgren.

Special thanks to Chuck Lundgren who is a truly gifted web page designer.

Patrick McCaffrey. Ph.D. maintaiins this site 04/01/2015