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Program Name: Joint Doctorate in Language and Communicative Disorders
Alternate Name: Joint PhD Program with San Diego State University
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Institution: University of California, San Diego
Address: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) Building #221
5500 Campanile Drive
City: San Diego
Zip/Postal Code: 92182-1518
State/Province: CA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Jeff Elman, Dr.

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Phone: (619) 594-6775
Linguistic Subfield(s): Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
Program Size: Small (1-10 students)
Program Description: The cooperating faculties of San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) offer a joint doctoral program (PhD) in Language and Communicative Disorders. The program's focus is the interdisciplinary study of language and communicative disorders. A major emphasis of the program is to apply techniques developed in cognitive science and neuroscience to the study of language and language disorders. The program involves study and research on typical and atypical language acquisition and development, sign languages, bilingualism and the neural bases of language use and language loss. As such, this interdisciplinary program draws from a variety of undergraduate disciplines including communicative disorders, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, engineering, and other related sciences.

The program is coordinated by the Doctoral Program Directors at each campus, in conjunction with an Executive Committee comprised of three faculty from each campus appointed by the Graduate Deans from each campus. The Doctoral Program Directors are Beverly B. Wulfeck (SDSU) and Victor Ferreira (UCSD).

Participating faculty have research interests in a wide range of issues in processes of language development, language and aging, multilingualism, language disorders, assessment, and intervention.
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