Training in culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Students accepted to the PhD in speech and hearing science program at ASU’s College of Health Solutions may apply for additional training in culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds through the PRIDE program.

The speech and hearing science program at ASU has been awarded a $3 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education to prepare doctoral students as researchers and future faculty with expertise in early assessment and intervention for children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Students accepted into the program will receive a tuition waiver, stipend, health insurance and funding to attend professional conferences. 

The program is a collaboration between ASU and the University of Arizona. Four students at ASU and four students at U of A will go through the program as a cohort and take part in specialized coursework, webinars and lab rotations. Faculty from both ASU and U of A will participate in the program and mentor students. The PRIDE program will commence in fall 2020.


The program will be embedded in the Arizona State University speech and hearing science PhD and the University of Arizona speech, language and hearing science PhD. Included in the program are four components that use requirements at each university while sharing courses and research experiences across the institutions: 

  • Foundational coursework in multilingual, multicultural issues and research methodology and statistics.
  • Research collaboration in lab rotations and community partners to provide diverse research opportunities for students.
  • Doctoral workshops and seminars conducted by national and international experts for all collaborating faculty and students.
  • Professional development to prepare students to be competitive researchers and faculty in higher education.

Our program emphasizes advanced coursework. We encourage students to pursue their individual research interests in areas directly applicable to this project’s focus on young students with disabilities who are CLD.


The PRIDE program will prepare researchers in early assessment and intervention for children with disabilities who are CLD, including dual language learners (DLL). The first goal of the program is to have students complete the PhD in speech and hearing science with specialized coursework and research training with multicultural, multilingual populations. A second goal of the program is to prepare students as future faculty members in speech and hearing science programs. Graduates of this training project will be prepared to:

  • Train graduate students in evidence-based practices to support the development of young children with disabilities and their families. 
  • Produce practice-based outcomes that positively impact the educational success of their students.


Professional webinars will provide students with the latest evidence on research methodology and clinical practices for working with CLD populations. These will be presented by researchers who are specialists in a CLD-relevant area. Each presenter will give a one- to two-hour webinar presentation and will participate in an online question-and-answer period and blog follow up.

Project Faculty

Arizona State University

University of Arizona

Research rotations

Each student will work with a mentor determined during the admission process but will have the opportunity to do research rotations in labs at ASU and U of A. Possible research rotations include:

Arizona State University

  • Nancy Scherer, PhD, Speech Disorders Laboratory, Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Laboratory
  • M. Adelaida Restrepo, PhD, Bilingual Language and Literacy Laboratory
  • Beate Peter, PhD, Speech and Genetics Laboratory
  • Shelley Gray, PhD, Language and Literacy Laboratory
  • Andrea Pittman, PhD, Pediatric Amplification Laboratory
  • Ayoub Daliri, PhD, Motor Speech and Stuttering Laboratory
  • B. Blair Braden, PhD, Autism Brain Aging Laboratory

University of Arizona

  • Mary Alt, PhD, L4 Lab: Language, Learning, Literacy, Lexicon
  • Leah Fabiano-Smith, PhD, Bilingual Phonology Laboratory
  • Elena Plante, PhD, The Plante lab, Learning and Assessment in Children with Developmental Language Delays
  • Kate Bunton, PhD, Speech Acoustics Laboratory
  • Meghan Darling-White, PhD, Motor Speech Research Laboratory  
  • Leah Kapa, PhD, Language and Cognitive Development Laboratory and the Department of Psychology   
  • Jamie Edgin, PhD, Memory Development and Disorders Laboratory  
  • Rebecca Gomez, PhD, Child Cognition Laboratory