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Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation

Ph.D. Degree in Rehabilitation: Behavior Analysis and Therapy Emphasis

The Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University is proud to offer an doctoral degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BAT). This comprehensive degree program is designed to train students to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D).

The Ph.D. program is divided into two areas, each with their own curriculum: Concentrations in Behavior Analysis and Therapy, and Rehabilitation Counseling & Administration. Within Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration, students usually specialize in either counseling or administration, although combination programs are possible. Within Behavior Analysis and Therapy, students are trained to be researchers and to work for the Institute.

Important Program Features

At SIU, the BAT graduate program is compromised of a wide variety of coursework and real-life field experiences. A very rare combination of opportunities exist here at SIU, where the student will be able to practice the behavioral techniques learned in the classroom in actual clinical settings. Students will have access to diverse populations of clients ranging from children with autism, adults with brain injury, and elderly persons suffering from dementia. Beyond those clinical populations, students have opportunities to participate in animal laboratories, a gambling casino research installation, and business and industries in the local communities. Students interested in becoming professors and teachers of behavior analysis will have ample opportunities to serve as course instructors and teaching assistants during their training within the program.

The doctoral program at SIUC has been preparing students for careers in rehabilitation education, administration, and research since 1978. Over 130 individuals from all over the world have completed their doctoral work at the Rehabilitation Institute, and our graduates are among the most respected leaders in the field of rehabilitation.

SIUC is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive (Highest Category), and the Ph.D. program at the Rehabilitation Institute has a long tradition as a student-centered research program. While there are opportunities to pursue additional clinical training through our program, historically, students have been encouraged to focus on enhancing their ability to conduct independent scholarly research:

  • The Institute is involved in multiple federal and state funded research projects, and Ph.D. students have opportunities to participate. Numerous doctoral students are funded as research assistants.

  • To assist students in best preparing to do the kind of research they want, the Ph.D. curriculum includes a flexible 20-credit hour research tool.

  • Current doctoral students are involved in helping to publish the Journal of Teaching in the Addictions, the Journal of
    Rehabilitation Administration, Rehabilitation Counselors', Educators' Journal, Analysis of Gambling Behavior, Journal of Behavior Health and Medicine and the Psychological Record.

A student may be admitted in one of three ways:

  • Standard Entry: This is the traditional means of entry, for those students who have completed a Master's degree;

  • Direct Entry: Upon recommendation of the department and approval of the Graduate School, students with a Bachelor’s degree only and no graduate work, may be admitted to the PhD program;

  • Accelerated Entry: Upon recommendation of the department and approval of the Graduate School, students who have completed at least one semester of coursework in an approved Master’s degree program, either at SIU or other university, may be admitted to the PhD program.

The latter two options are for students with exceptional research potential, professional experience, academic performance, or a combination thereof.

Apply for admission to the PhD in Rehabilitation.


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