Concentration Overview

Our students prepare for careers as communication sciences and disorders (CSD) scholars through a specialized curriculum emphasizing research experiences with our distinguished faculty mentors and a range of guided teaching and mentoring activities. CSD faculty engage in research focused on speech, language, and cognitive functions, on topics ranging from the nature and treatment of autism to the role of temperament in stuttering, advancing the knowledge of brain function and creating new therapies for children and adults challenged by cognitive and neurological disorders.

Areas of Focus

Graduate students in this concentration may focus on communication disorders that include:

  • Apraxia of speech
  • Autism and other developmental disabilities
  • Deafness
  • Fluency disorders
  • Neurogenic disorders
  • Speech sound disorders


Students work with their academic advisor, research mentors, and committee to design and complete 3 of the 4 required Ph.D. research rotations in the department of CSD or related field. This provides students with an opportunity to work in depth on multiple projects relevant to current CSD theories and methodologies.