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The Doctoral Program at Utah State

The PhD in Disability Disciplines is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students to be productive in research and to pursue a career in academia. The program offers training to investigators who seek to answer questions about human movement, its functions and dysfunctions. The program is organized around three core content areas: biocontrol, bioenergetics and biomechanics.

Find out more about the doctoral program at http://sper.usu.edu/doctor-specialization-pathokinesiology/


Existing Core Courses

EDUC 6570 Introduction to Educational and Psychological Research

(3 credits) Introduction to research methods including identifying research questions, conducting research literature reviews, and design and implementation of research projects.

EDUC 6600 Measurement, Design, & Analysis

(3 credits) This course integrates concepts in measurement, research design, and statistical analysis for research in psychology and education.

SPED 7920 Doctoral Orientation Seminar

(2 credits) Orients new students to the doctoral program including career planning, program planning, fundamental concepts of scientific research and literature review, and knowledge of the available facilities and faculty members.

SPED 7940 Journal Reading Group

(1 credit*2 semesters) Under faculty direction, students read and discuss published research. Students learn to critique empirical and theoretical papers as well as current research findings in important areas of Disability Disciplines. 3

SPED 7400 Multicultural Issues in Disability

(3 credits) This seminar focuses on the juxtaposition of disability and ethnic/cultural/linguistic diversity. Three broad areas are presented. The first area focuses on the ethnic/cultural/linguistic demography of disability. The second area focuses on the prejudice, discrimination, and handicapism and the ways in which these forces impact an individual who has a disability and who is a member of an ethnic/cultural/linguistic minority group. The third area focuses on practice applications, translating the concept of the first two areas into practical suggestions for professional practice.

SPED 7820 Cross-Specialization Topical Seminars

(3 credits*2 semesters) In-depth study of special topics in special education, rehabilitation, behavior analysis, and disabilities studies. Seminars examine historical aspects, relevant research, and theoretical positions on selected topics.

Subtotal = 19 credit hours

Professional Products and Internship

Professional Products and Internship – A set of professional products and internships are required of all students in the Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program. These products and experiences provide opportunities for mentored experience in critical professional skills. They are mentored by faculty within the student’s specialization and shaped to be appropriate to that specialization.

Portfolio Products and Experiences-mentored by Discipline Faculty

PEP 7040

Review of Literature (1 credit) Guided experience in conducting a comprehensive and systematic review of literature on a topic related to Pathokinesiology.

A review topic in Pathokinesiology will be approved by the major professor prior to initiation of the systematic review. The content of the literature review will then be presented systematically in the form of a text document. It is recommended that the literature review be completed during the first year of doctoral study. However, the exact nature and timing of the assignment will be at the discretion of the major professor and advisory committee.

PEP 7070

Grant Writing (1 credit) Guided experience in preparation of grant proposals.

Students will attend a regional grant writing workshop for doctoral students and help prepare a major grant application on a topic in Pathokinesiology. The specific topic and funding agency will be determined by the major professor and the exact timing of the assignment will be at the discretion of the major professor and advisory committee.

PEP 7060

Research Internship (1 credit* 2 semesters) Guided experience in conducting research on topics of Pathokinesiology.

Under the direction of a member of the advisory committee, doctoral students will initiate and conduct at least two research experiences in Pathokinesiology.

A research proposal should be approved by the major professor prior to initiation of each project. It is expected that these research projects will involve development of a research design, data collection and analysis, and interpretation of results.

PEP 7080

Publication (1 credit* 2 semesters) Individualized experience in which the student writes and submits a scholarly manuscript for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.

At least two studies will be written for publication and submitted to peer-reviewed journals. These manuscripts may be derived from the activities of the PEP 7060 research internships. It is expected that submission of publications for PEP 7080 will occur before dissertation studies. Additionally, it is not a requirement that manuscripts submitted for publication be “published” to meet this competency.

PEP 7090

Conference Presentation (1 credit) Individualized, supervised experience in which the student identifies an appropriate conference and then makes a professional presentation.

Topics for presentation should be approved by the major professor and could include those approved for PEP 7060 described above. Specifically, students will be required to first present regionally at a departmental Research Colloquium and then nationally at a conference specific to Pathokinesiology. The departmental presentations will be attended by members of the departmental community (faculty and graduate students), and will consist of a presentation and questions from the advisory committee and the audience. The advisory committee will then deliberate privately to determine whether the work is considered acceptable, and if not, to formulate recommendations for improvement and later resubmission for approval.

PEP 7340

College Teaching Internship (1 credit) Guided experience in teaching university courses in kinesiology.

The primary responsibility of the students will be teaching at least one course under the supervision of a HPER faculty member. Students must play a primary role in designing the course. The material shall include a detailed syllabus, reading list, assignments, and handouts/overheads/slides. At the discretion of the committee, the course may be an adaptation of an existing course, or it may be a course in a topic area in which the student has not previously taught.

PEP 7330

Supervision Internship (1 credits) Guided experience in supervising undergraduate and master’s students during practica, student teaching, and other field experiences.

Subtotal = 9 credit hours

Program Specialization Courses (13 credits required)

Courses and seminars that provide in-depth knowledge of his/her chosen area of specialization in Pathokinesiology

Research Tools

A minimum of 6 credit hours in research design and or data analysis in addition to the core courses.

Dissertation (minimum 12 credit hours required)

A minimum of 12 credit hours of dissertation. The dissertation is a major research investigation of an original idea. The student first works closely with his/her major professor to prepare a concise and understandable prospectus. After the prospectus has been circulated to the student's dissertation committee, a formal meeting is held and the committee approves or rejects the proposed dissertation project. It will be required that the dissertation will follow a multiple paper format and that papers completed to fulfill research internship and publication requirements may NOT be included in the set of papers submitted as a dissertation. The format of the individual papers will follow the scholarly journal guide for authors.