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The University of Texas at Dallas 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

Jackie L. Clark Perception of speech in the presence of noise, demographics of hearing loss in indigenous populations, impacting and promoting best clinical traditional and tele practices, cultural influences in help seeking behaviors, updating and confirming efficacy of Clinical Measures used in Audiology practices for adults and pediatric populations.

Andrea Gohmert Diagnostic Audiology and Vestibular Abnormalities in Adults and Children

Scott K. Griffiths Evaluation of auditory function and electrophysiology in adults and children, diagnostic audiology, auditory electrophysiology, and the impact of cognitive factors on auditory processing

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 Noise-induced hearing loss, hearing loss prevention, supra-threshold hearing disorders

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

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. The typical program plan is an 11-semester sequence.

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 education requirements for Texas state licensure in audiology; graduates will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Audiology (ABA) after licensure, and upon completion of 2000 supervised hours. Graduates of the program will meet qualifications for American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Certification of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) if they elect to complete the 4th year externship under the supervision of a state-licensed audiologist who holds current ASHA CCC-A.

Accreditation

The University of Texas at Dallas Doctor of Audiology Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Office at the American Academy of Audiology, 1480 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 220, Reston, VA  20191, 703-226-1056. The University of Texas at Dallas Doctor of Audiology Program 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, MD 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.

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. If transcript review reveals deficiencies in undergraduate preparation for the AuD degree, the above courses must be taken either at an accredited university prior to admission or as co-requisites at UT Dallas.

The AuD program is highly competitive. The admissions committee evaluates applications on several dimensions, including undergraduate GPA, GRE* scores, letters of recommendation, commitment to scholarship, as well as evidence of prior community engagement, professional experiences, leadership history, and personal growth. While there are multiple determining factors for admissions decisions, students who are admitted to the program typically have combined GRE scores above 305 and/or undergraduate GPA at or above 3.7. The program values diversity in academic and life experiences, and out-of-field students are encouraged to apply.

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 career goals, including previous professional, research and other experiences that speak to likely success in a clinical doctorate and career in healthcare.

The AuD program accepts applications from September 1 through January 15th. Early applications are encouraged. Review of completed applications begins in December and interviews are scheduled beginning in January.

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

*Please contact our program administrator, Ciara Owens, if you face difficulty taking the GRE because of testing site restrictions due to COVID-19.

Opportunities for Research Degree (PhD)

The AuD can be pursued in parallel to the PhD when dual clinical and scientific training are necessary for clinical and translational research career development. A highly individualized program plan is developed for each dual AuD/PhD student based on research interests and timelines.

Most of our AuD/PhD students apply first to the AuD program; after developing an interest in research, they later apply to the PhD program. Some students apply to both degree programs in parallel. Other students apply to the PhD program and after beginning to develop clinical or translational research interests, they later apply to the AuD program. The AuD and PhD program heads will work closely with AuD/PhD students and their mentors to assure timely progress on PhD milestones as well as appropriate progression through an extended (more than 4 year) AuD program plan.

Learn more about the PhD program in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

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:

Ciara Owens
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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Program Contacts

For Additional Program Information

Ciara Owens
214-905-3116

Program Resources

Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies for additional information on guidelines for preparing dissertations and a profile of characteristics of doctoral programs at UT Dallas.

Strategic Plan

Student Achievement Data

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