Associate Professor Jessica Huber (left) and former graduate student Meghan Moran (MS 2011) demonstrate technology developed in Huber's lab that helps Parkinson's patients overcome the tendency to speak too quietly. The system works by placing a sensor on the neck which detects that the person has begun to speak and tells the device to play ambient sound that resembles noisy chatter through an earpiece worn by the patient. Patients also wear a mask and sensors in elastic bands placed around the rib cage to precisely record respiratory, laryngeal and articulatory data. (Purdue University photo/Andrew Hancock) View video here.
The Doctor of Philosophy is the highest earned degree awarded by Purdue University, and students may enter the SLHS Ph.D. program with either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. The department offers Ph.D. opportunities in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and individual faculty also supervise doctoral students in other interdisciplinary programs such as Integrative Neuroscience, Linguistics, and Biomedical Engineering. SLHS doctoral students begin participating in research activities from the first semester of the program, and required coursework is largely tailored to the needs of individual students. Graduates from our Ph.D. program typically go on to pursue careers in academia.
The Au.D. program provides students with a solid foundation in the science of audition and the skills to conduct and promote evidence-based clinical practice in a culturally sensitive manner, across the life span in a wide variety of clinical settings, through a combination of academic and clinical education and research participation. Au.D. students receive a clinical education encompassing the full range of current audiology scope of practice at the Purdue University M.D. Steer Audiology Clinic, educational audiology placements, and other nearby audiology clinics. Graduates typically go on to pursue careers as clinical audiologists in hospitals, schools, private practice or industry. The doctoral education program in audiology at Purdue University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
The clinical M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology at Purdue is designed so that graduates can meet all academic, clinical certification, licensure, and credentialing requirements of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the Indiana Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board (ISLPAB), and the Indiana Department of Education Communication Disorders License. Graduates typically go on to pursue careers as clinical speech-language pathologists in schools, hospitals and private practice. The master’s education program in speech-language pathology at Purdue University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Dual Track Degree Programs
Commensurate with our emphasis on conducting original research and applying research findings in the service of evidence-based practice, eligible students have the option to pursue a combined clinical and research degree program. Typically, students will first apply to and begin coursework in the appropriate clinical program (MS-SLP or Au.D.) while simultaneously beginning to participate in research. Completion of the clinical degree typically precedes advancement to candidacy in the doctoral program, but a proportion of required hours of clinical supervision within the clinical degree may be satisfied through appropriately supervised research activities.