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Biobehavioral Sciences
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About The Department

The Department of Biobehavioral Sciences offers programs that derive educational and clinical applications from an understanding of the biological processes underlying human communication, movement, and their disorders. An understanding of the normal bio-behavioral processes is applied to clinical practice. The scientific knowledge obtained from studying each of these specialized fields is used to enhance the educational, adaptive, and communicative capabilities of individuals with normal and impaired abilities across the lifespan.

Graduates of our master’s programs assume professional roles in educational, health-related, and community agency settings as speech-language pathologists, exercise physiologists, fitness trainers, cardiac rehabilitation therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. As these professionals often work in interdisciplinary teams, the department facilitates opportunities for students to interact across professional boundaries.

Our doctoral graduates are prepared for university faculty positions, administrative positions in field-based settings, and may also pursue careers in research.

The department maintains clinics and laboratories to support the teaching and research components of the programs. These facilities include the Edward D. Mysak Speech and Hearing Center, as well as laboratories in applied physiology, motor learning, kinematics, language and cognition, and adaptive communication technologies.

The master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).