Advanced Rehabilitation Training: Interventions for Neurologic Communication Disorders

This Fellowship Program provides rigorous, in-depth research training to postdoctoral fellows from programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. It is designed to prepare them for careers as independent researchers who have the skills necessary to conduct high quality interdisciplinary research addressing the rehabilitation of acquired communication disorders that accompany neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or Parkinson’s disease.

Postdoctoral fellows will complete an intensive, two-year training program that will allow initiation of their own research agenda, scholarly papers as first author, and grant development with potential for receipt of extramural funding. Applicants must commit to pursuing their research training for two years and on a full-time basis, devoting at least 40 hours per week to the overall program.

Core elements of the program:

Program Faculty

Faculty are experienced clinicians and funded researchers with active laboratories.  Click here to learn more about the program faculty.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Fellowship applicants must submit:

All applicants must have completed a doctoral degree prior to the awarding of the fellowship. Fellows must have a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders, CScD (Doctor of Clinical Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology) or an equivalent degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all requirements for the doctoral degree have been met is required.

Interviews are required for all applicants. Selection criteria include prior academic training and professional experience, the extent to which the applicant’s research interests relate to the strengths of the fellowship, the strength and commitment of the applicant to a career in rehabilitation research, and the applicant’s potential to contribute significantly to the field of rehabilitation of acquired communication disorders.

Applications may be directed to:

Leora R. Cherney, PhD, Fellowship Program Director and Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine
345 E. Superior Street,  Suite 1353
Chicago, IL 60611-2654
E-mail: lcherney( at )
Phone: (312) 238-1117

This project is supported by an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Award #90AR5015-01-00 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).