Neuromotor Science PhD

The Neuromotor Science PhD program in Temple’s College of Public Health examines the neural and sensorimotor factors of human movement: how humans learn, perceive and control movement. Students contribute original research that advances understanding of neuromotor control and biomechanics of human posture and movement in individuals across the lifespan and the spectrum of health and disability.

The program draws from disciplines including engineering, kinesiology, neuroscience, physical therapy and rehabilitation science to create a highly interdisciplinary learning experience. Students are trained to assess neuromotor function and its impact on health, functioning and disability. They develop novel interventions to improve human movement, particularly involving posture and locomotor control and function. The program also requires students to develop, write, defend and publish a dissertation.

Graduates of this program are prepared for research and teaching positions at Carnegie Research 1 institutions and in other clinical research settings, healthcare systems and in industries related to human health and movement, such as medical technology.

What sets apart our Neuromotor Science PhD?

  • A unique curriculum: Our Neuromotor Science PhD program is unlike any other in the country. It combines the studies of neurophysiology, cognition and learning and biomechanics of the sensorimotor system and examines the impact of health conditions, disease and disability on human movement.
  • Preparation to be a leader in research and education: PhD students develop skills in grant writing, scholarship and teaching, preparing them to be successful in top-tier academic and research environments after graduation.
  • Extensive research opportunities: Students collaborate with nationally recognized faculty in the Neuromotor Science Research Consortium, a state-of-the-art research facility with a network of labs that involve expertise across fields and disciplines.

Program Format

Courses are offered onsite at Temple’s Main Campus, and students complete the program on a full-time basis. Graduates of the Neuromotor Science MS program may apply 30 credits towards their doctoral degree, and complete the PhD program in two to three years. Those without a Neuromotor Science MS degree may complete the doctorate in four to seven years.

Neuromotor science graduate class

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 are outlined below.

  • Research assistants 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 are assigned to assist in teaching courses, including grading exams and papers or teaching lab sections. Teaching assistants 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.


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