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Current PhD Students
Michael Burns, MA, CCC-SLP


Why did you choose rehabilitation science at the UW?

I chose to study within the area of Rehabilitation Science because I am interested in getting a perspective on rehabilitation beyond one that is discipline-specific. I chose the Rehab Science program at UW because I was interested in studying this area at a nationally ranked university.

Why did you choose interdisciplinary education?

In my experience as a clinician and educator, I have seen how interdisciplinary teamwork has significantly enhanced the care patients receive. I chose to enhance my doctoral experience by learning alongside professionals from a variety of disciplines to get a broader perspective on rehabilitative care.

What are your research interests/working on?

My research interests focus helping people with aphasia (and other communication disorders) increase their access to health care services. Currently, I am working on a project training medical students to communicate more effectively with individuals who have communication disorders.

What is your professional background?

I have been a Speech-Language Pathologist for the past 10 years. I have primarily worked clinically in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and skilled nursing settings, and have taught at the university level since 2003.

How do you manage your time?

Time management in a PhD program is a constant struggle. I find the best way to manage my time is to use a monthly calendar to keep track of when everything is due. I have a list of things to do each day, and work to get them done.

How have you managed funding?

I have been a teaching assistant (TA) in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department since beginning the PhD program in autumn, 2008. I also have worked as a research assistant (RA) in the Rehabilitation Science Department. Both have provided funding for my program.

PhD in Rehab Science Application Deadline

The PhD Program in Rehabiliation Science accepts applications every other year. The next application deadline will be January 15, 2020.

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