[CogSci] PhD applications are open for the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders

Sonja Pruitt-Lord spruitt at sdsu.edu
Fri Nov 4 15:13:29 PDT 2022

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Dear Colleagues,

We are now accepting applications for our Ph.D. program (flyer attached).
Admissions information (and deadlines) can be found on our website at
http://slhs.sdsu.edu/phd/admissions/application/. The SDSU/UCSD Joint
Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders (JDP-LCD) is
designed to educate a new generation of scientists who are interested in
applying state-of-the-art research skills to the study of language and
communicative disorders. Our interdisciplinary program, the only program of
its kind in California, provides training in normal (spoken and signed)
language, language disorders, multilingualism, and in the neural bases of
language learning, use, and loss. Our doctoral program ranked fourth on the
Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index rankings compiled by Academic
Analytics and released by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2007. The
National Research Council (NRC) ranked our doctoral program among the top
ten in the nation in their most recent rankings. The majority of our
graduates hold university faculty positions or research scientist positions
in labs here in the US and abroad.

1. To provide doctoral training in the study of language and communicative
behavior with an interdisciplinary focus that integrates state-of-the-art
knowledge from the fields of communicative disorders, cognitive science,
neurosciences, psychology and linguistics represented by the expertise of
core faculty from SDSU and UCSD.
2. To prepare professionals, educated in the interface between behavioral
and cognitive neuroscience methodologies, who will provide critical
leadership in research and health services.
3. To prepare Ph.D.-level scientists in the field of language and
communicative disorders to serve as faculty in university programs and
scientists in a variety of settings to carry out much-needed research on
the processes of language development, disorders, assessment and
4. To prepare researchers to carry out much-needed research in
communicative behavior and disorders in bilingualism.

*ASHA CLINICAL CERTIFICATION:* Although this is a research Ph.D. program,
the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at SDSU offers a
separate clinical graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology. It may be
possible to complete a CF or obtain academic and clinical training
concurrently with doctoral studies. Access to clinical training is not
automatic nor is it guaranteed.

Our program at SDSU resides in a clinical, research, and academic building
with state-of-the-art Speech-Language and Audiology clinics, high-tech
labs, and great instructional facilities.  These resources, combined with
the outstanding facilities at UCSD, provide doctoral students with the best
possible training environment.  Several different funding sources are used
to support doctoral students including program scholarships, graduate
assistantships, in-state and out-of-state fee support, and faculty grants.
Some doctoral students receive funding from an NIH doctoral training grant.

*Sonja L. Pruitt-Lord, PhD, CCC-SLP*
*Pronouns: she/her/hers*
*Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs*
*College of Health and Human Services*
*San Diego State University*
*Indigenous Residence: Kumeyaay*
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