Ph.D. Opportunities in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders

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Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore has an active research lab focused on Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders. Current projects focus on variables affecting aphasia recovery, aphasia intervention, aphasia community groups, aprosodia in dysarthric speakers and foreign accent syndrome.   If interested in Ph.D. work with Dr. Laures-Gore, contact her at

Child Literacy and Language Skills

Children holding pencils and working on a paperDr. Cynthia Puranik‘s research focuses on understanding early writing development including assessment and instruction of early writing skills. She has simultaneously explored both basic theoretical and highly applied research pathways to address questions pertaining to children’s emergent and early conventional writing. Current research projects in her Child Reading & Writing Lab (CRAWL) involve developing and testing the effectiveness of an early writing intervention and exploring how tablet computers can be used to teach emergent writing skills. If interested in Ph.D. work with Dr. Puranik, contact her at

Language and Literacy Needs in High Risk Populations

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Dr. Julie Washington’s research hub is focused on improving early identification of reading disabilities in elementary school aged African American children, and includes a focus on children, their families, teachers and communities.  Through the Urban Child Study Center, Dr. Washington is also involved in research related to language development and language disorders in high risk populations, early literacy and language interactions, and African American student achievement. If interested in Ph.D. work with Dr. Washington, contact her at

Voice Disorders

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Dr. Eva van Leer has expertise in voice science and disorders. Her Voice Treatment Lab focuses on research related to treatment outcomes and patient adherence in behavioral voice therapy. Current research projects investigate the prediction, measurement and improvement of adherence to voice therapy through the use of mobile technology and social-cognitive approaches. If interested in Ph.D. work with Dr. van Leer, contact her at