Competency-based Program

Doctoral students in TRAIL complete a competency-based program of studies while participating in diverse research, teaching and professional development experiences with a systematic mentorship approach to induction into the field and leadership role by current faculty, former graduates and community outreach mentors.

TRAIL Seminar

Doctoral students in Communication Science and Disorders join doctoral students in Clinical Psychology, Special Education, Music Therapy, and other departments in an interdisciplinary technology seminar offered each semester to provide a unique opportunity to study and analyze current issues affecting individuals with ASD, their families, and their communities.  The doctoral seminar provides an opportunity for students to examine cross-disciplinary contributions to scientifically validated practices, cultural and linguistic diversity, controversies in the field, and challenges in implementing and changing policy.  The technology enhanced interface provides opportunities to learn from leading experts around the world by joining them virtually via web based communications.

Unique Training Opportunities

Unique aspects of this doctoral training are: 1) active participation in cutting edge, diverse, federally-funded autism research studies directed by project faculty including several that directly relate to the national priority of serving children with disabilities in high need areas; 2) involvement in program development including interaction with family members, individuals with autism, community providers, and national and state-level policy makers and, 3) demonstration of research and teaching competencies in multiple research studies and community implementation activities translating empirically-supported, family and person-centered, and linguistically and culturally-competent practices within community-based high need regions.

Program Requirements

Doctoral students must be accepted in the Ph.D. program in either Communication Science and Disorders, Psychology, or a related discipline. Information about these programs can be found on FSU’s website (link to  http://www.gradschool.fsu.edu/) 


Funding is available through a variety of mechanisms related to scholar interests.  Currently scholars interested in a Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders are being recruited.  Traineeships that consist of a competitive annual stipend with an instate or out-of-state tuition waiver for 9 credits per semester for up to 4 years are available for Fall 2013 and 2014.  Contact Juliann Woods for more information or see attached flyer.