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.


Student Life

Learn about our commitment to diversity.

Learn about our wellness initiatives for graduate students.

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.

October Trivia Night success!

Thank you so much to all who were able to come out to Trivia Night this past Friday at Bottlehouse. Awesome costumes and great competition all around. And lucky for us, we had another dog present this year (a puppy of one of our very own students!) We had a blast...

Helping children return to school after traumatic brain injury focus of new $2.2M CDC research grant

With a four-year, $2.2 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers at Case Western Reserve University will seek answers on how children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) can return to school. Nearly 2,000 children visit emergency rooms every day with TBI, which include concussions, contusions...

Game night was a success!

Thank you to our student-run Wellness Committee for organizing a fun Game Night at Tabletop Board Game Café downtown! It was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know our first-year cohort and celebrate the start to a new year. Our Wellness Committee regularly puts together a calendar of...

Congratulations to Angela Ciccia and Arin Connell, recipients of pilot grants!

The Schubert Center for Child Studies, in collaboration Office of Research and Technology Management Vice President Suzanne Rivera, have announced the awarding of pilot grants to four primary investigators at Case Western Reserve University. The awards, totaling $50,000, are jointly supported by the Office of Research and Technology Management and...