Doctoral Programs in Cognition and Neuroscience, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychological Sciences

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Faculty

Professors: Hervé Abdi, Peter F. Assmann, James C. Bartlett, Thomas G.R. Bower, Duane Buhrmester, Thomas Campbell, Sandra Chapman, Christine Dollaghan, W. Jay Dowling, George M. Gerken (emeritus), Richard Golden, John Hart, Susan W. Jerger, William F. Katz , Aage R. Møller, Bert S. Moore,  Alice J. O’Toole, Margaret T. Owen, Denise Park, Ross J. Roeser, Allen L. Rupert (emeritus), Bart Rypma,  John W. Santrock, Melanie J. Spence, Robert D. Stillman, Linda Thibodeau, Emily Tobey, Hanna Ulatowska, Anne van Kleeck, Marion Underwood, Deborah Wiebe
Associate Professors: Marco Atzori, Lawrence J. Cauller, , Michael Kilgard, Teresa Nezworski, Pamela Rollins, Lucien T. Thompson,
Assistant Professors: Shayla Holub, Daniel Krawczyk, Christa McIntyre, Mandy Maguire, Candace Mills
Distinguished Scholar in Residence: James Jerger

Objectives

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences offers doctoral programs in Cognition and Neuroscience, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Psychological Sciences. Each provides preparation in basic and applied aspects of behavioral and brain sciences. The faculty consists of specialists in developmental psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, and communication sciences and disorders. Students may specialize in these areas or pursue study across areas as in the study of child language, aging, perception, and behavioral and neural plasticity. Core and specialized courses provide the foundation for advanced seminars and a wide spectrum of doctoral research in laboratories, schools, and clinics.  Frequent colloquia and informal brown-bag seminars contribute to a stimulating environment for scholarly development.

Cognition and Neuroscience

 

The flexible, non-traditional doctoral program in Cognition and Neuroscience provides novel opportunities for multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies in the areas of cognitition and perception, cellular and systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, cognitive science, and computational modeling of perceptual and neural processes. Students pursuing research in this program have the option of developing in consultation with their doctoral advisor a unique training program tailored to their specific research interests.

 

Psychological Sciences

 

The doctoral program in Psychological Sciences provides opportunities for study within the context of a traditional experimental psychology curriculum. The program also offers strong interdisciplinary linkages to other areas within the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, and communication sciences and disorders.  The primary goal of the program is to prepare research investigators for academic and applied settings either directly or indirectly related to the field of Experimental Psychology.  Students work closely with one or more faculty members in a collegial mentoring relationship. Although all students complete a core curriculum comprised of coursework in areas such as Developmental Psychology, Cognition, and Social/Personality Psychology,  the program allows students to individually tailor their studies in creative ways. 

 

Communication Sciences and Disorders

 

The doctoral program in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides opportunities for graduate study and research in the areas of speech, language, and hearing science and in the disorders which affect speech, language, and hearing.  Students have available a wealth of research opportunities in laboratories, clinics, and schools, both on-campus and in the community.  Close liaison with the U.T. Southwestern Medical School provides patient access and numerous opportunities for research in medical settings.  Coursework and research options within the doctoral programs in Psychological Sciences and Cognition and Neuroscience allow students to pursue interdisciplinary study in areas such as neuroimaging, child language, neural plasticity and recovery, and aging.

Facilities

The offices and research facilities of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences are located on the Richardson campus and at the UTD/Callier Center for Communication Disorders on the campus of the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Facilities on the Richardson campus include teaching and research laboratories for neuroscience, facilities for the study of child development, and laboratories supporting research in the cognitive sciences. Callier-Richardson, also located on the Richardson campus, provides speech-language pathology and audiology services to the community and serves as a research and training site for students.

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences supports four research centers: The Advanced Hearing Research Center; the Center for BrainHealth; the Center for Children and Families; and the Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition. These centers provide research opportunities for doctoral students in cochlear implants, clinical neuroscience, brain plasticity, neuroimaging, and lifespan development.

For students with interests in cognitive neuroscience, the facilities of the U.T. Southwestern Medical School, including its brain imaging facilities, are available for basic and clinical research.

Admission Requirements

The University’s general admission requirements are discussed here. Deadline for submission of application materials for fall admission is the preceding February 15.  Fall admission is advised due to the coursework schedule and availability of assistantship support. However, applicants wishing consideration for spring semester admission should submit all application materials by September 15.

Admission to a doctoral program is based on a review of the applicant’s GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and narrative description of research interests and career goals. The admissions committee weighs heavily the match between the applicant’s research interests and the research areas available to students in the school. For information about faculty research interests, see our web pages at bbs.utdallas.edu.  

Some courses in the graduate programs in Audiology, Applied Cognition and Neuroscience, Communication Disorders, and Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders complement doctoral coursework and, upon a student’s admission to the Ph.D. program, can be applied toward the degree.  Students should consult with the program office to determine which graduate courses can be applied to the Ph.D.

Combining the M.S. and Ph.D.

Students seeking clinical certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, in addition to the Ph.D., may combine the masters program in Communication Disorders or doctoral program in Audiology with the Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. An individualized plan of study leads to both degrees.  Students are separately admitted to each program and admission to one program does not assure admission to the other.

Degree Requirements

The University’s general degree requirements are discussed here.

COGNITION AND NEUROSCIENCE (Ph.D.)

Doctoral Proseminar (6 SCH)

·         HCS 6302  Issues in Behavioral and Brain Sciences I

·         HCS 6303  Issues in Behavioral and Brain Sciences II

Research Methods (6 SCH minimum)

·         HCS 6312 Research Methods in Behavioral and Brain Sciences – Part I

·         HCS 6313 Research Methods in Behavioral and Brain Sciences – Part II

Cognition and Neuroscience Core Courses (6 SCH minimum).  Students must take a minimum of one Cognition Core and one Neuroscience Core, choosing from those listed below.

 

1. Cognition

·         HCS 6330 Cognitive Science

·         HCS 6395 Cognitive Psychology

2. Neuroscience

·         HCS 6346 Systems Neuroscience

·         HCS 7344 Functional Neuroanatomy

Advanced Electives (9 SCH minimum).  In addition to completing the 6 semester credit hour (SCH) core requirement, students will take a minimum of 9 SCH of advanced electives.  Any HCS course may count as an advanced elective. This includes core courses (see above), though no course can be counted both as a core and an advanced elective for any single student. Advanced electives are selected by students with the concurrence of their research advisors based on the students’ research foci. Depending on a student’s background and the requirements of his or her dissertation research, additional advanced electives beyond the 9 SCH minimum will be necessary. 

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS (Ph.D.)

 

Doctoral Proseminar (6 SCH)

·         HCS 6302  Issues in Behavioral and Brain Sciences I

·         HCS 6303  Issues in Behavioral and Brain Sciences II

Research Methods (9 SCH minimum)

·         HCS 6312 Research Methods in Behavioral and Brain Sciences – Part I

·         HCS 6313 Research Methods in Behavioral and Brain Sciences – Part II

·         Approved Advanced Research Methods/Statistics course

Core (6 SCH minimum) Students must complete a minimum of 6 semester credit hours of approved COMD or AUD prefixed courses.  Courses meeting this requirement will vary depending on the student’s research interests.  The requirement may be waived for students holding a graduate degree in the field of speech-language pathology or Audiology.  Students lacking an adequate foundation in communication sciences may be required to complete more than the 6 SCH minimum of core coursework.

Communication Sciences and Disorders (3 SCH minimum) All students must complete a minimum of 3 SCH of doctoral coursework offered through the Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.   

Supplemental Coursework (12 SCH minimum) All students must complete an additional minimum of 12 SCH’s of doctoral level courses and seminars.  Courses may be selected from doctoral level coursework offered through the Ph.D. programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders or, with advisor approval, from the doctoral coursework offered through the Ph.D. programs in Cognition and Neuroscience and Psychological Sciences.

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES (Ph.D.)

 

Doctoral Proseminar (6 SCH)

·         HCS 6302  Issues in Behavioral and Brain Sciences I

·         HCS 6303  Issues in Behavioral and Brain Sciences II

 

Research Methods (6 SCH minimum)

·         HCS 6312 Research Methods in Behavioral and Brain Sciences – Part I

·         HCS 6313 Research Methods in Behavioral and Brain Sciences – Part II

 

Psychological Science Core Courses (12 SCH minimum).  Students will declare a major in Developmental Psychology, Cognition, or Social/Personality Psychology. Students must take four core courses from those listed below.  Two of these courses must be selected from the major area, and the four courses must be selected from at least two of the four areas listed.

 

1. Developmental Psychology

·         HCS 6350 Social Development

·         HCS 6331 Cognitive Development

·         HCS 6368 Language Development

2. Cognition

·         HCS 6395 Cognitive Psychology

·         HCS 6330 Cognitive Science

·         HCS 6333 Memory

3. Social/Personality Psychology

·         HCS 6371 Social Psychology

·         HCS 6327 Personality

4. Neuroscience

·         HCS 6346 Systems Neuroscience

·         HCS 7344 Functional Neuroanatomy

 

Advanced Electives (9 SCH minimum).  After completing the 12 SCH core requirement, students will take an additional 9 SCH of advanced electives.  Any core course (see above) may count as an advanced elective, though it cannot count both as a core course and as an elective.  One of these 3-hour elective courses must be an advanced research methods course.  Students will declare a major in Developmental Psychology, Cognition, or Social/Personality Development and will take a minimum of four courses (cores and electives) in the major area.  Students may enroll in other advanced electives from the other doctoral course offerings available in the School, including courses in language and communication.  Additional advanced electives are available each semester.

INDIVIDUALIZED DEGREE PLANS

The option of creating an individualized degree plan is available to students whose interests cut across the three degree areas. One such plan offers a focus in Child Language Development and Disorders. This focus allows students to take advantage of unique interdisciplinary research opportunities in the School’s demonstration programs for infants, toddlers, and preschool children. Individualized plans should be drafted in consultation with the student’s research advisor and require the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All students must complete the Qualifying Project/Qualifying Paper requirements of the Ph.D. degree sought.  The successful defense of a written dissertation completes the requirements for the degree.