Message from the Doctoral Advisor

Welcome! The doctoral program in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida is committed to providing the highest quality education possible to the next generation of researchers in audiology and all subfields of speech pathology. The department enthusiastically endorses interdisciplinary education. Our program is designed to be flexible to fit the needs and interests of the individual student. Graduate students are encouraged to broaden their theoretical and practical experience by taking classes in related fields across campus. Past students have taken courses in engineering, dentistry, exercise science, linguistics, medicine, neuroscience, psychology, physical therapy, public health, and veterinary medicine, depending upon their interests. Many of our faculty engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration, which in turn exposes their students to a variety of methodologies for addressing the same question, and allows their students to interact with internationally-known researchers at the forefront of science.

The goal of the doctoral program in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing is to prepare all of our doctoral students for careers as independent researchers. To this end, students engage in research with their mentors from very early in their programs and are required to do at least one laboratory rotation either within the department or with someone from a collaborating research lab. In addition, students must demonstrate expertise in research design and analysis, as well as teaching, to prepare them for a potential career as an academic researcher.
Students with an outstanding record are accepted from within and outside the field. Students entering the program with a Masters degree typically graduate within four to five years and go on to post-doctoral or academic positions around the country. Several recent doctoral students have completed their Clinical Fellowship Year while working on their doctoral course work through our connections with Shands Hospital, the VA Medical Center in Gainesville, and the various UF speech and hearing clinics in the area. For more information about our doctoral program, please view the Doctoral Student Handbook.

Our department is located within the College of Public Health and Health Professions, which is part of the Health Science Center at the University of Florida. The Health Science Center includes the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine. These colleges work closely with Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, FL, a friendly town with abundant affordable housing that has been listed among the best places to live in the U.S.

If you are considering pursuing a doctoral degree our department, UF is the place for you!

Lori J. P. Altmann, Ph. D.
Doctoral Student Advisor