Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science Research | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science students have opportunities to conduct collaborative research with faculty and other students while learning to become independent researchers. Student research topics should align with the interests of the program and the resources available. Program faculty are engaged in wide-ranging topics that span communication sciences/disorders and movement sciences/disorders. Selected research areas are listed below. Prospective students are encouraged to contact a potential faculty advisor to discuss common research interests.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Research Areas

  • 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
  • Telehealth
  • Vestibular System 

Movement Sciences and Disorders Research Areas

  • Dysfunction and Pain of Nerve & Musculoskeletal Tissues
  • Dysfunction of the Spine & Extremities
  • Dysfunction of Balance & Gait
  • Rehabilitation Management & Outcomes (neuromusculoskeletal)
  • Rehabilitation for Human Performance
  • Rehabilitation Education (student, patient, professional)
  • Rehabilitation of Sex- & Gender-Based Dysfunctions
  • Rehabilitation throughout the Lifespan

Two research Centers in the School of Health Professions support Ph.D. RS program research by providing laboratory space, equipment, and other resources. Ph.D. RS faculty members direct and conduct research in the labs, and students work and train in the labs.