Development of a Neuroimaging Course to Increase Research Engagement in Master's Degree Students Purpose The discipline of communication sciences and disorders continues to face a shortage of doctoral level faculty and researchers. We describe the development of an elective course on electroencephalographic (EEG) research methods for clinical Master of Science students as a mechanism to introduce them to academic and research careers ... Article
Article  |   October 11, 2018
Development of a Neuroimaging Course to Increase Research Engagement in Master's Degree Students
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Melissa Randazzo
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • Reem Khamis-Dakwar
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
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  • Financial: Melissa Randazzo has no financial interests to disclose. Reem Khamis-Dakwar has no financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Melissa Randazzo has no financial interests to disclose. Reem Khamis-Dakwar has no financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Melissa Randazzo has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Reem Khamis-Dakwar has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Melissa Randazzo has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Reem Khamis-Dakwar has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Professional Issues & Training / Part 2
Article   |   October 11, 2018
Development of a Neuroimaging Course to Increase Research Engagement in Master's Degree Students
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2018, Vol. 3, 83-101. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG10.83
History: Received June 27, 2018 , Revised August 13, 2018 , Accepted September 4, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2018, Vol. 3, 83-101. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG10.83
History: Received June 27, 2018; Revised August 13, 2018; Accepted September 4, 2018

Purpose The discipline of communication sciences and disorders continues to face a shortage of doctoral level faculty and researchers. We describe the development of an elective course on electroencephalographic (EEG) research methods for clinical Master of Science students as a mechanism to introduce them to academic and research careers in communication sciences and disorders. The 5 objectives of the course are to expose students to EEG research methodology, introduce the path to doctor of philosophy studies, guide the development of research projects, provide hands-on practice with research equipment, and offer opportunities to disseminate research. We report students' perceived impact of the EEG Research Methods course to illustrate the potential benefits of such offerings to the recruitment of future doctoral level scholars.

Conclusion Course evaluation and research self-efficacy measures completed at 3 time points over the semester show enhanced research self-efficacy, faculty–student collaboration, scholarly engagement, and desire to pursue a doctoral degree. We argue that a specialized research methods course has the potential to address the doctor of philosophy shortage in our discipline. The information provided in this report can be adapted to research programs with different types of faculty expertise, technology, methodology, or research facilities to increase research engagement in our future clinicians.

Acknowledgments
This work was supported by the Adelphi University Teaching Fellows Grant to Melissa Randazzo. The authors are grateful to their mentor and colleague, Karen Froud, for leading by example as a researcher and mentor. The neuroimaging course described in this article would not have been possible without Nathalie Zarisfi, Belle Gironda, and the Adelphi University Teaching Fellows Program. They would also like to thank their colleagues in Adelphi University Teaching Fellows 2017–2018 cohort for their support and feedback on this project. This work would not be possible without the future clinicians who are passionate about research and making contributions to the field.
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