Current PhD candidate
Elena Patten, PhD candidate in Speech & Hearing Sciences, discusses why she chose to pursue a PhD and her research interests and experience at UNC
Communication in children with autism.
Enetta Grindstaff, student in the Master’s program in Speech & Hearing Sciences, working with her language-delayed child, Alanna, at home and discussing assessment and progress
Acute Care – NICU/PICU feeding and swallowing; school system
“What I would tell someone thinking of going into speech and hearing is that helping people communicate is a noble thing to do. Interacting with kids and families is the most rewarding aspect; it reminds you why you are doing it. There is a high demand and a high need for speech and hearing professionals.”
Early bilingual language development and literacy
"A strength of the UNC program is the availability of many disciplines. There is high-quality research being done and excellent training in research methodology and grant writing. The size of the program allows you to tailor it to your personal interests. It is a rigorous program, but you truly get dividends from your time investment.”