PhD in Rehabilitation Science | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center


What Is Rehabilitation Science?

Rehabilitation Science is an interdisciplinary field of study that investigates theories and practices that contribute to improving the quality of life of individuals who have functional limitations caused by health conditions affecting communication and/or movement.

The TTUHSC Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and abilities to excel in academia, research, and industry. In addition, the program prepares students to meet the demand at local, state, regional, and national levels for doctoral-level scholars.

About the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science

The program offers concentrations in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and Movement Sciences and Disorders (MSD). Students in the CSD concentration can choose specializations in audiology/hearing science or speech-language pathology/speech science. Students in the MSD concentration select primary and secondary academic emphases and
research specializations to develop customized areas of expertise.

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This Ph.D. program is only offered in Lubbock, Texas, and is not a distance education program. Students who do not live in Lubbock are expected to travel to Lubbock when required.


A Ph.D in Rehabilitation Science student checks the hearing of a patient during an examination.

Careers in Rehabilitation Science

The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program prepares you for teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and research work in rehabilitation science specialties that contribute to the athletic training, audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professions.

Most of our graduates teach and conduct research in professional education programs in universities in Texas and across the nation. Some graduates have elected to focus on clinical research careers.

The demand for rehabilitation science faculty is high, and new faculty scholars are needed to support the projected growth of the rehabilitation professions in Texas as well as across the United States.

  • According to the Texas Workforce Commission, athletic training, audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology employment will increase between 27-37% by the year 2024.
  • The expected growth in rehabilitation professions has resulted in a 29% projected growth in employment of postsecondary teachers in related health specialties.
  • Additional information about postsecondary teaching in health specialties is available on the Texas Career Check website.

The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science Curriculum

As a student in the Ph.D. rehabilitation science program, you’ll develop customized areas of expertise within your chosen concentration of Communication Sciences and Disorders or Movement Sciences and Disorders. Within each concentration, you will select areas of academic and research emphasis that will guide your selection of the faculty advisor/mentor, advisory committee members, coursework, comprehensive qualifying examination topics, and research/dissertation focus.

In addition to specific coursework that aligns with your chosen area of concentration and emphasis, you will also take a series of classes focusing on core areas including:

  • Teaching.
  • Research design and statistics.
  • Technical writing
  • Research methods.

Explore our curriculum and research and dissertation requirements.

"The program has a diverse array of faculty who are leaders in their fields and the state-of-the-art research resources that will allow you the opportunity to tailor a course of study that fits your personal needs and interests. The interdisciplinary nature of this program will enrich your learning experience as you are exposed to expert perspectives from different fields. You will be trained to think both independently and with a collaborative spirit in the pursuit of your own intellectual and personal growth."

Birendra Dewan

 PT  PhD Rehabilitation Science

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Roger James, Program Director
Roger James, PhD
Program Director
Coordinator; MSD Concentration

Candace Hicks, Program Director
Candace Hicks, PhD, CCC-A
Associate Program Director
Co-Coordinator; CSD Concentration

Tobias Kroll, Co-Coordinator CSD
Tobias Kroll, PhD
Co-Coordinator; CSD Concentration