Predoctoral Mentor Application

Applications for Fall 2020 due February 27th, 2020


Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication — Connecticut: CNC-CT

The Program

Communication disorders affect millions of individuals, with a financial cost of over $500 billion and an even greater societal burden in terms of disability and quality of life. The development of assessment and treatment strategies requires that the next generation of researchers understand the mechanisms underlying these communication disorders, but progress has been hampered by a shortage of clinically knowledgeable communication scientists with the methodological skills required to study these underlying mechanisms. The current training plan will seeks to prepare predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees studying the cognitive neuroscience of communication to address these challenges by instilling them with the necessary methodological expertise and tools to conduct and disseminate impactful research on communication disorders while making meaningful connections with between trainees and the clinical populations they study.

Predoctoral trainees will participate in a two-year training program integrated with their home doctoral training program, consisting of a combination of core coursework in cognitive neuroscience theories and methods, (including methodological training), and coursework in typical and atypical communication. This program will emphasize the mutual relationship between basic science and outcomes for clinical populations such as dyslexia, aphasia, hearing loss, autism, and others. Trainees will work directly with people with communication disorders, supervised by clinical faculty, to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by these communities.

    Benefits for mentors include:

    • Possible fellowships for graduate advisees
    • Novel training opportunity for graduate advisees