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Where Science Meets Practice

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern brings together researchers studying mechanisms and disorders of communication in an interdisciplinary setting. We investigate basic and clinical aspects of speech, language, learning, hearing, and swallowing. Our disciplines span physics, engineering, physiology, neuroscience, linguistics, biology, psychology, cognitive science, and education. Our investigations range from the level of molecules to clinical trials.

The PhD program is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in the field by providing coursework and in-depth research experience. Developing critical thinking, scientific writing, publishing, and grant-writing skills are major emphases throughout the program. Opportunities are available to develop skills through training in related areas such as statistics, programming, big data/data science, and teaching. Students are prepared for careers in academia as well as industry, policy, and clinical practice.