Graduate Students

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The doctoral program in Communication Sciences accepts students from across the United States and internationally. We accept a small number of students each year to insure high quality research training and close supervision that adheres to a mentor model. Our graduates go on to successful careers in the field working in universities, research hospitals, or clinics. Former graduates of our program have become leaders in research, professional organizations, and education.

 

Graduate Admissions

We expect our applicants to document a strong undergraduate and graduate record. Successful applicants will have strong letters of recommendation that highlight the applicants understanding of the profession and active participation in clinical and research activities. The applicant’s statement of purpose is also a vital component of the admission process as it helps with the matching of students with the appropriate academic mentor who shares similar interests. An interview is essential. Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Doctoral Training

The doctoral training program at Case is based on interdisciplinary training with the expectation that the student will identify areas outside of the department that would support their training (e.g., neuroscience, genetics, head/neck anatomy, computer sciences). Additionally, there are close training opportunities with the doctoral programs in Clinical and Experimental Psychology. Together with the major advisor, the student designs an individual plan of study based on his/her previous experience and professional goals. Regardless of interest area, all students complete research and teaching requirements.

 

Research Opportunities

The doctoral training program at Case encourages exploration of both basic science and clinically-applied research areas. Current areas of research expertise within the department include: swallowing, speech perception, childhood speech and language disorders, adolescent language disorders, and acquired neurogenic communication disorders across the life span. The interdisciplinary model that is interwoven in the coursework is extended to the research process and students are encouraged to include members with additional expertise on their doctoral committee.

For additional information about the Ph.D. program please contact the Dr. Barbara Lewis, Ph.D at (216) 368-4674.

 

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