Communication Sciences and Disorders PhD
In the Communication Sciences and Disorders PhD program at Temple’s College of Public Health, students conduct original research; make valuable contributions to the field of communication sciences; and prepare for leadership in academic institutions, administration and clinical services. The program trains students to examine the processes and problems of adult and child language disorders, such as aphasia and childhood apraxia of speech.
This small, tight-knit doctoral program offers students individualized attention and close collaboration with faculty members. You will be able to focus on your area of interest, from child language processing to the effects of brain damage, and work with professors in the field to shape your research experience. The department has a team of prestigious faculty members who are at the top of their disciplines—prospective students should know with whom they would like to study and the areas they want to explore.
Our graduates most often continue on to positions in academia or research institutions.
What sets apart our PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders?
- Work with renowned faculty members
Our faculty are recognized experts in aphasia, apraxia, child language processes and problems, and effects of brain damage on language function, among other areas of research.
- Unique research opportunities
Research is a major component of the Communication Sciences and Disorders PhD, and students partner with faculty members in the department’s multiple labs and facilities. These include the Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Lab; the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab; the Memory, Concepts and Cognition Lab; the Speech, Language and Brain Lab; and others.
- Interdisciplinary coursework
The program enables students to take elective coursework across the College of Public Health, including in disciplines such as biostatistics, social work and health policy. Students can also take courses across Temple University in psychology, education and other fields.
The PhD is a full-time program that takes place on Temple’s Main Campus. Doctoral students are required to complete 45 credits in graduate coursework related to a defined area of specialization.
- Child Language Processes and Problems,
- Contextual Use of Language,
- First or Second Language-Learning Issues,
- Effects of Brain Damage on Language Function and
- Voice Use.
Funding for Doctoral Students
The College of Public Health offers all PhD students a competitive level of support, including tuition, stipend and health insurance, for four years. Graduate assistantships sponsored by the College of Public Health include
research assistants, who perform supervised research activities and work with faculty on grant proposals and ongoing research. Through these experiences, you will develop both research and grant-writing competencies.
teaching assistants (TAs), who are assigned to assist in teaching courses, including grading exams and papers or teaching lab sections. TAs learn current pedagogies that prepare them for academic teaching. They can also receive certification in higher education teaching.
Highly qualified candidates are nominated for university fellowships, and candidates from minority groups can be nominated for Temple’s Future Faculty Fellow program.
Student Clubs & Organizations
You can engage with peers and find leadership opportunities in student-led clubs and organizations at the College of Public Health.
The College of Public Health offers personalized advising services to students in each department. PhD students can seek academic and program support from their faculty advisors and from
Dr. Jodi Reich
PhD Program Director