School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

AUDIOLOGY AUD

Callier Center Child Research Lab

Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages (www.ASHA.org). The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program offers advanced study and clinical training for students who will become licensed audiologists.

The program’s mission is to guide students in attaining the essential knowledge and skill for entry to the practice of audiology. Coursework and practicum experiences emphasize development of the necessary skillset for evidence-based care decisions. The faculty includes internationally acclaimed audiologists and hearing scientists who are committed to providing the breadth and depth of classroom and practical experiences consistent with each student’s developing interests and career goals. They support student clinical preparation through innovative and collaborative clinical services — on campus and in the global community — and maintain an active program of research in understanding, treating, and preventing disorders associated with auditory and vestibular impairments. Doctoral students in the AuD program work with their advisor and their research mentor and other faculty members in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences to tailor their clinical and research experiences to ensure optimal preparation in their particular areas of interest.

AuD students are given extraordinary clinical experiences at the two UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders campus sites (Callier-Richardson and Callier-Dallas), as well as with various clinical, hospital, private practice, and school systems within the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Doctoral students in the AuD program additionally benefit from the school’s rich intellectual climate, including weekly lectures and research presentations by students, faculty, and visiting scholars. The school hosts an annual colloquium series presented by internationally known scientists, and the school’s four centers periodically offer symposia and workshops that are freely available to doctoral students. Doctoral students receive funding support for presenting their research at professional meetings. Finally, doctoral students are provided with a variety of other professional development experiences.

Primary Faculty and Clinical/Research Areas

Peter F. Assmann Perception of speech in adverse conditions; acoustic properties of speech in children

Michael P. Kilgard Targeted Neural Plasticity for the treatment of stroke, autism, brain damage, spinal cord injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, tinnitus and pain.

Colleen G. Le Prell Hearing Loss Prevention

Edward Lobarinas Tinnitus, tinnitus treatment and acquired hearing loss. In particular Dr. Lobarinas is interested in the effects of noise-induced hearing loss tinnitus and on functional aspects of hearing such as the ability to hear in background noise.

Aage R. Moller Neural plasticity and its role in tinnitus, hyperacusis, phonophobia, and misophonia, teaching biology of pain, neuroplasticity, intraoperative neurophsysiology

Ross J. Roeser The application of hearing instrument technology to improving communication skills

Linda K. Thibodeau Assistive technology for persons with hearing loss to reduce communication challenges in noisy environments

Sven M.O. Vanneste Using advanced brain scanning, electrophysiological techniques and neuromodulation techniques to map the structure and function of the human brain.

Andrea D. Warner-Czyz Exploring how infants, children, and adolescents with hearing loss who wear cochlear implants learn to communicate with others and how communication affects how they feel about themselves.

Primary Faculty Associates

Jennifer Carlock
Lisa Flores
Shawna Jackson
Shari Kwon
Laura Parnell
Ivonne Perez-Cervantes
Lisa Richards
Sarah Tillman
Susan Willcox

Facilities

The offices and research facilities of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences are located on the Richardson campus and in BBS centers located in Dallas near the campus of the UT Southwestern Medical Center. Facilities at all locations include classrooms and research laboratories for studies of neuroscience, psychology, and communication across the lifespan in both typical and clinical populations.

The AuD program offers exceptional research facilities at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, which has locations on both the Richardson campus and in Dallas adjacent to the UT Southwestern Medical School campus. The Callier Center-Dallas and the Callier Center-Richardson house state-of-the art laboratories for behavioral, neurophysiological, neuroimaging, and kinematic studies of speech, language, and hearing in typical and clinical populations of all ages. The Callier Centers provide clinical services to thousands of people with speech, language or hearing disorders each year, and Callier-Dallas is home to a nationally accredited child development program for infants through kindergarten-age children.

Partnerships with area hospitals, clinics, and schools further expand student research opportunities. Collaborative arrangements with the UT Southwestern Medical Center expand student research opportunities through additional access to state-of-the art laboratories for investigating neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, and neurochemical bases of hearing in the normal and pathological auditory systems.

Degree Requirements

The AuD clinical doctoral program is a four-year program which requires a minimum of 100 semester hours from four core areas.

Students complete cumulative, formative assessments during the first three years of the program, including clinical competency checks and a two-day, written and oral examination. During the second year of the program, each student works closely with a faculty mentor in writing a substantive literature review, designing an empirical research project, and submitting an application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for this project. Projects must be completed and presented during the third year of the program.

The UT Dallas graduate catalog provides information on degree requirements for the AuD; for updates please contact [email protected]. The university’s course look-up site, CourseBook, describes some of the program’s specific courses. The Office of Graduate Studies provides additional information on academic and other policies.

Students who complete the AuD degree will meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, certification by the American Board of Audiology (ABA), and Texas state licensure in audiology.

Accreditation

The Doctoral of Audiology degree program at The University of Texas at Dallas is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), 1718 M Street, N.W., #297, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202.986.9500, [email protected] and 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.

Admissions

The program welcomes students from diverse undergraduate backgrounds. A program plan is developed for each student to ensure appropriate readiness for the program and continued success. Courses to address deficiencies in undergraduate preparation may be taken at an accredited university in the summer prior to admission or as co-requisites at UT Dallas, if recommended, following transcript review. Applicants are expected to have completed at least one undergraduate course in the life sciences, physical sciences, and behavioral sciences, as well as college math and a course in language development.

The AuD program is highly competitive. The admissions committee evaluates applications on several dimensions, including prior GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, prior research and professional experiences, commitment to scholarship, and fit between the interests and goals of the applicant and faculty. While there is no single determining factor for admissions decisions, applicants with combined GRE scores below 300 or undergraduate GPA below 3.7 are not likely to be admitted.

Applications to the AuD program must include official transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of reference from people qualified to evaluate your potential for successful doctoral study, and a statement of purpose detailing your previous research and professional experiences and your career goals.

The AuD program accepts applications from September 1 through Februrary 15th.

International applicants must provide proof of English proficiency via TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE meeting University minimum requirements.

To Submit an Application

Please see the graduate admission page of the UT Dallas Office of Admission and Enrollment for details on how to submit an application to the AuD program.

There are no spring or summer admissions.

You can check the status of your application using the university’s Orion program.

Questions about the application process can be directed to:

Cathy Bittner
Callier Center for Communication Disorders
1966 Inwood Road
Dallas, TX 75235
Office: CD J2.07
214-905-3116
[email protected]

Financial Aid

Financial support of full-time doctoral students in the AuD program is awarded through graduate student assistantships and tuition scholarships. Admitted students are automatically considered for these sources of financial aid.

Other information on financial aid for graduate students is available on the UT Dallas graduate admissions page.

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