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PhD in Disability Disciplines - SLP

The doctoral program in speech-language pathology, a specialization in the Disability Disciplines PhD Program in the Emma Eccles Jones School of Education and Human Services. The Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program offers a multidisciplinary doctoral degree that brings together faculty and students across disciplinary and departmental lines to explore interrelated aspects of disabilities.


Specializations include:

  • speech-language pathology
  • audiology
  • special education
  • rehabilitation counseling
  • applied behavior analysis
  • disability studies
  • pathophysiology

All specializations balance a common core of multidisciplinary coursework and applied activities with a strong disciplinary focus. Thus, both faculty and students work within a multidisciplinary context without compromising their important disciplinary perspective, knowledge and skills.

The program is made up of a combination of coursework, a preliminary exam, internships, professional products and a dissertation. Students must pass a three-day preliminary exam that includes disciplinary knowledge, critique of a research manuscript and design of an experimental research study. In addition, students complete internships and professional products in eight areas critical for faculty in communication disorders and/or special education:

  • research
  • conference presentation
  • writing for publication
  • systematic review of research literature
  • grant writing
  • college teaching
  • supervision/coaching

Explore detailed descriptions of these professional requirements and coursework.



Advisor: Michelle Wilson

Office: 151 Lillywhite Building

Phone: (435) 797-9271