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Ph.D. in Applied Language and Speech Sciences Ph.D. in Applied Language and Speech Sciences
Alternate Name: ALSS Ph.D.
Program Homepage: http://speechandlanguage.louisiana.edu/programs/phd.shtml
Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Address: PO Box 43170
City: Lafayette
Zip/Postal Code: 70504-1370
State/Province: US
Country: USA
Application Deadline: March 15
Contact Person: JohnTetnowski, Dr
Email:

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Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Phonetics
Psycholinguistics
Other Program Specialties: Communication Disorders
Dysfluency
Aphasia
ADHD
Autism
Literacy
Qualitative Analysis
Measurement and Diagnosis
Program Size: Medium (11-25 students)
Program Description: The goal of the ALSS doctoral program is to mentor students into published research. Its aim is to advance knowledge of how human communication works, how it sometimes breaks down, and how breakdowns can be remedied and/or managed. The program emphasizes assessment, diagnosis, and measurement of communication and disorders. It studies the efficacy of therapeutic and educational interventions. It examines the full range of semiotic (meaning) systems applied in human communication. The primary systems consist of sensory, motor, and linguistic signs and combinations of these. Our students team up with faculty members who are actively pursuing published research agendas.

Faculty and research interests include:

Shalini Arehole, Ph.D., studying central auditory processing disorders and its relation to giftedness.

Martin J. Ball, Endowed Hawthorne-BORSF Professor I, does research in communication disorders, clinical phonetics, and phonology; co-editor of Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics and President of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association.

Jack S. Damico, Ph.D., Doris B. Hawthorne Eminent Scholar Chair, widely published in communication disorders, applied linguistics, and diversity education; qualitative analysis of social action theory in child language disorders, aphasia, and ADD/ADHD

John W. Oller, Jr., Ph.D., is Professor and Head of the Department and Director of the Doris B. Hawthorne Center; research includes measurement of language proficiencies and intelligence; theoretical semiotics, diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, theories and methods of diagnosis and measurement issues.

Nicole Mueller, Ph.D., Endowed Hawthorne-BORSF Professor II is interested in the syntax, semantics and pragmatics of language and disorders; pursuing work in clinical pragmatics, Alzheimer's Disease, and professional voice abuse in university professors.

Nancye Roussel, Ph.D., studies infant babbling, voice disorders, and the intelligibility of degraded speech signals including those produced by alaryngeal speakers and speakers with motor speech disorders through instrumental and perceptual analyses.

John A. Tetnowski, Ph.D., Ben Blanco Memorial BORSF Professor, studies fluency disorders and their linguistic aspects; theories of dysfluency, diagnosis, and the application of qualitative methodologies to these problems; empirical evaluation of competing theoretical alternatives.
Available Financial Aid: Fellowships at $12,000 per annum and Graduate Assistantships (11) along with supplementary scholarships of $500 to $1000 per annum (the Cochran Memorial Scholarship, the Hula & Tony Damico Scholarship, and the John Oller Sr. Memorial Scholarship) are available on a competitive basis.
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