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The translational genetics of communication abilities concentration within the PhD program in speech and hearing science provides doctoral students with training in an innovative approach to the clinical sciences (pioneered at ASU) where the concepts of precision medicine are applied to all disciplines within communication sciences and disorders. Training in molecular genetics and bioinformatics equips students to investigate the interactions among genetic, brain-based and behavioral traits. Prior training in genetics is not required.
Knowledge of genotype-phenotype associations provides the foundation for the translational components of this program: early identification and intervention, individualized management and interprofessional approaches. Students have the option of focusing primarily on basic sciences aspects, on clinical translations, or on both.
This program leverages ASU's strong research and clinical expertise across clinical linguistics and its expertise in the biosciences and translational clinical sciences. Collaborating units at ASU include the Biodesign Institute, the School of Life Sciences, the College of Health Solutions with its many subspecialties such as bioinformatics, the Department of Psychology, and many others.
Upon completion of this doctoral concentration, graduates have the skills to discover and understand networks of genotype-phenotype associations and to contribute to more effective clinical management of communication disorders using preventative, targeted and interprofessional methods.
Speech and Hearing Science (Translational Genetics of Communication Abilities), PhD (
Health Solutions, College of
The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.