PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Doctoral students in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepare for academic, teaching and research careers, investigating human communication mechanisms, processes, and disorders. Through the program, you will experience a model research education that provides access to the vast experience of scientists in our department as well as in other departments on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. The PhD program fosters critical thinking and development of programmatic research, and offers experience in technologically advanced research laboratories and clinics with state-of-the-art equipment. Scientific writing, publishing, and external research funding are emphasized throughout the program.

The program is unique in the breadth and depth of its course offerings and research opportunities focused on:

  • Examining the processes of sensation, perception, cognition, and motor control that underlie human communication
  • Studying developing, degenerating, and regenerating systems, and the impact of experience on these processes in both normal and disordered communication
  • Developing assessments and treatments for individuals with disordered communication
  • Investigating social, familial, and cultural issues that impact normal and disordered communication
  • Exploring the molecular and epidemiological bases of normal and disordered human communication