Students in the PhD RS program select academic and research emphases to develop customized areas of expertise within their concentration. The chosen emphases will guide selection of the faculty advisor/mentor, advisory committee members, coursework, comprehensive qualifying examination topics and research/dissertation focuses. Students should choose research emphases that are supported by their selected academic emphases and that are consistent with the interests of their faculty advisor/mentor. The academic and research emphases offered in the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and Movement Sciences and Disorders (MSD) concentrations are shown below.

PhDRS_Concentration_CSD_Areas
Academic Emphases Research Emphases

Choose one primary and one secondary academic emphasis:

  • Amplification
  • Audiological Clinical Methods/Treatment
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication Education
  • Aural Habilitation and Rehabilitation
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Fluency, Voice, and/or Resonance Disorders
  • Interpersonal Communication/Multicultural Issues
  • Language Development
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Neurogenic Disorders
  • Neuroscience/Neuroanatomy
  • Phonetics/Phonological Disorders
  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Sign Language
  • Speech and Hearing Anatomy and Physiology
  • Speech Language Pathology Clinical Methods/Treatment
  • Speech/Hearing Science and/or Research
  • Speech Perception/Speech Signal Processing
  • Vestibular/Balance System
  • Other*

Choose one primary and one secondary research emphasis:

  • Acquired Neurogenic Disorders
  • Applied and Clinical Linguistics
  • Audiometric Science
  • Auditory Cognition/Processes
  • Auditory Integrated Biomedicine
  • Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
  • Language/Phonology Disorders
  • Signal Processing
  • Speech/Hearing Science
  • Vestibular System
  • Approved research emphasis from MSD concentration

*Additional academic emphases may be selected with approval from the program, as applicable.

 

PhDRS_Concentration_MSD_Areas
Academic Emphases Research Emphases

Choose one primary and one secondary academic emphasis:

  • Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Clinical Science
  • Education
  • Neuroscience
  • Pain Science
  • Psycho-Social Behavior
  • Sensory/Motor Control
  • Other*

Choose one primary and one secondary research emphasis:

  • Dysfunction and Pain of Nerve & Musculoskeletal Tissues
  • Dysfunction of the Spine & Extremities
  • Dysfunction of Balance & Gait
  • Rehabilitation Management & Outcomes (neuro-musculo-skeletal)
  • Rehabilitation for Human Performance
  • Rehabilitation Education (student, patient, professional)
  • Rehabilitation of Sex- & Gender-Based Dysfunctions
  • Rehabilitation throughout the Lifespan
  • Approved research emphasis from CSD concentration

*Additional academic emphases may be selected with approval from the program, as applicable.