Graduate Students

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.


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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Jessica Salley awarded 2020-2021 Freedman Fellows Student Grant

Jessica Salley is a doctoral candidate in the Communication Sciences program in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Her research investigates the long-term impacts of childhood brain injury on academic and social participation, particularly for individuals in high-risk groups. This project will use virtual reality to create a simulated...

Stacy Williams elected fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Case Western Reserve University faculty member Stacy Williams was elected a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Williams also is COO of a leading online continuing education company, and founder and CEO of Simucase, an online simulation learning platform. ASHA fellowship is one of the highest honors the organization bestows...

IMPACT Program Provides Mentorship to Underrepresented COSI/CSD Students

Lauren Calandruccio, associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, recently received a grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to create the Innovative Mentoring and Professional Advancement through Cultural Training (IMPACT) program. IMPACT is a one-year program, launched earlier this year, that provides formal...

CWRU supports the ASHFoundation Virtual 5k Walk/Run Event

Thirteen Case Western CWRU teammates ran/walked 3.1 miles along with 1,232 other ASHFoundation supporters Saturday, August 29, 2020. The event, which was the ASHFoundation's first virtual walk/run, raised more than $35,000 for communication sciences research and scholarships.

Speakeasy moves to online format during pandemic

       Every Monday during the academic semesters graduate students from the Communication Sciences Program participate in a large group (25-33 members) with adults with acquired communication disorders (under faculty supervision). Group members have described this group as "their family", making comments like "I look forward to Mondays every week",...

Participants needed for research in children with traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Department of Communication Sciences Case Western Reserve University Participants needed for research in children with traumatic brain injury (TBI). We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study to learn about the experiences of families who have a child with TBI. Participants (caregivers of children with TBI) would be asked to...

Congratulations to the CWRU chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association for being awarded Gold Chapter Honors for the third year in a row!

Congratulations to the CWRU chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association for being awarded Gold Chapter Honors for the third year in a row! This recognition acknowledges outstanding community outreach, fundraising, and advocacy for those with communication, swallowing and hearing disorders.

Rachel Mulheren presents poster at ACRM

Faculty member Rachel Mulheren presented a poster at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine in Chicago, titled Pharyngeal Residue and Swallowing Treatment Recommendations After Stroke.