PhD Speech Hearing Science at ASU's College of Health Solutions

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PhD in speech and hearing science A PhD in speech and hearing science from ASU’s College of Health Solutions prepares you for a career conducting basic, clinical and applied research that aims to improve speech and hearing. Students follow a program with the unifying theme of human communication and disorders, taking courses from a variety of departments across the university. You will receive personalized mentorship and hands-on experience in research, teaching and service. Our faculty are world-class experts in neuroscience, craniofacial disorders, speech processing and disorders, language and literacy development, artificial intelligence technology, neuropsychology, fluency, cochlear implants, pediatric audiology and genetics. Pursue a career in research that improves outcomes for communication and hearing disorders.

Conduct cutting-edge research in speech and hearing science.

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PhD in speech and hearing science program As a doctoral student, you will be actively engaged in research at all stages of your study, allowing you to strengthen your knowledge while building your credentials.

Required credits beyond a master’s degree: · · · · ·

12 credits in a chosen area of concentration. 9 credits of research methods and statistics. 11 credits of professional development seminars. 12 credits of research prior to a dissertation. 12 credits of dissertation research.

Research opportunities The program offers many research opportunities within speech and hearing science labs: · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Attention, Memory and Language Laboratory Auditory Computation and Neurophysiology Laboratory Auditory Implant Laboratory Auditory Perception Laboratory Autism and Brain Aging Laboratory Bilingual Language and Literacy Laboratory Child Language and Literacy Laboratory (CHILLL) Child Language Research Laboratory Child Speech Disorders Cochlear Implant Laboratory Communication Neuroimaging and Neuroscience Laboratory Evoked Potentials Laboratory Late-Acquired Speech Sounds Project Motor Speech Disorders Laboratory Pediatric Amplification Laboratory Signal Analysis, Representation and Perception (SARP) Laboratory · Spatial Hearing Laboratory · Speech and Brain Research Laboratory · Speech/Language Genetics Lab

The College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University translates scientific health research and discovery into practice. Its programs prepare students to address the challenges facing our populations to stay healthy, improve their health, and manage chronic disease — all toward improving health outcomes.

Concentrations You can choose to pursue one of the following two concentrations within the PhD program in speech and hearing science:

Translational genetics of communication abilities concentration The concentration in translational genetics of communication abilities teaches you how to apply the concepts of precision medicine to communication disorders. Training in molecular genetics and bioinformatics equips you to investigate the interactions among genetic, brain-based and behavioral traits. Graduates can contribute to more effective clinical management of communication disorders. Prior training in genetics is not required.

Auditory and language neuroscience concentration The concentration in auditory and language neuroscience prepares you with intensive training in neuroscience approaches to investigation of human communication disorders, as well as healthy auditory and language abilities. With expertise in engineering, neuroscience, neuroimaging, psychology, speech-language pathology and auditory neural prosthetics, our faculty is uniquely able to provide you with an integrated training experience.

Finding your mentor Your mentor is the key to your success. You will work with your mentor from the beginning to the end of the doctoral program. Multiple faculty members conduct research within each focus area — explore your options with the faculty listings on and email potential mentors to gauge compatibility. Opt for a mentor based on mutual research interests who has the availability and expertise to support your plan of study.

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