Health and Rehabilitation SciencesDoctor of Philosophy (MClSc / PhD)
Meet Thea Knowles, MClSc/PhD candidate in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences – Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology)
Supervisor: Scott Adams
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The people – I have an incredible supervisor who supports and encourages me, and I am surrounded by a diverse group of expert faculty across the health sciences, as well as access to administrative support staff who go above and beyond to help students when they don’t understand something. Also the program is dynamic and challenging - you are constantly learning new information about clinical practice (in your courses, observations, or practicums) that make you look at your research in a slightly different light every day.
Where is “home” for you?
Ashfield, a tiny town in rural Massachusetts.
Describe your research.
I study how acoustic aspects of speech production are related to intelligibility (how understandable a person is when using speech to communicate) for people with Parkinson’s disease. Many people with Parkinson’s have a speech disorder that leads to symptoms such as a quiet, breathy harsh voice and imprecise sounding speech. Acoustic measurement provides an objective, fine-grained description of speech sounds that can help explain why someone’s speech is hard to understand. I’m interested in how acoustic variables are modulated by aspects of the disease, treatments, and ways of speaking so we can better individualize patient care.
What idea, suggestion, or comment would you like to share with the Western graduate community?
One thing that is really difficult for graduate students to do (myself included) is get out of our lab bubble and meet other students, However, I think that it is so important in terms of finding support, solidarity, advice, and even networking and collaborating down the road.
Program ContactErica Ochoa Cadavid (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of Health and Rehabilitation SciencesWestern University
Elborn College Rm 1014
London, Ontario N6G 1H1
The graduate program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University provides both master's and PhD students with a unique opportunity to explore issues and ideas related to the health of Canadians, and others, in an inter-disciplinary forum. The program involves research that will contribute to the theoretical and practical knowledge of health and rehabilitation disciplines along with contributions to new, emerging aspects of health and rehabilitation that cross disciplinary boundaries. The interdisciplinary nature of our program allows students to tailor their studies to specific interests. The depth and breadth of the nine fields of study allow us to offer a unique and innovative graduate program.
The Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program also offers four combined clinical programs which include; physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, speech-language-pathology.
The strength and reputation of our PhD program is a result of our internationally renowned faculty, world-class facilities, and the students who thrive in an intellectually stimulating environment. Western is pleased to offer Own Your Future, a unique Doctoral professional development program that supports students in their academic studies and career engagement. Through Own Your Future, students will develop insight into their current and evolving skill set. To learn more, visit www.uwo.ca/ownyourfuture.
- 15 Terms (5 years)
- Full-time study
- Clinical and thesis-based
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Canadian Institutes and Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
- Master's degree from an accredited university and evidence of research potential.
- Achieved at least a 70% average in the master's degree.
Note: Equivalent or professional qualifications may be considered based on the standards of the discipline or profession.
Combined Clinical Programs require the above-listed Doctoral requirements along with clinical prerequisites:
One half-course from each of the following areas:
- Developmental Psychology or Normal Lifespan Development
- Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Physiological Psychology or Neuroscience
- Social Science/Psychology/Linguistics covering basic human processes important for communication sciences and disorders. Acceptable courses include: Physiological Psychology, Neuropsychology, Sensation, Perception, Language and Memory, Language Acquisition, Phonetics, Phonology, Pragmatics or Introduction to Speech, Language and/or Hearing Sciences or Disorders.
We strongly encourage students to have completed at least one course in mathematics, physics or engineering science.
You are required to make contact with a supervisor who agrees to take you as a student. When you submit an application, we confirm with the supervisor named in the application process. Please consult our WEBSITE to see the list of supervisors and their areas of research.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 260 for the standard electronic version, 620 for the paper and pencil version, or 105 for the internet version. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 7 out of 9 with no individual score falling below 6.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Minimum acceptable score is 80 on each section and an overall score of 88.
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Fields of Research
- Health and Aging
- Health Professional Education
- Health Promotion
- Hearing Science
- Measurement and Methods
- Occupational Science
- Physical Therapy
- Rehabilitation Sciences
- Speech and Language Science