PhD program in Educational Neuroscience, a unique bilingual (ASL/English) research-focused program at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC

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PhD program in Educational Neuroscience, a unique bilingual (ASL/English) research-focused program at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

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 Educational Neuroscience PhD: Fall 2022

Educational Neuroscience is a growing field which focuses on vital aspects of learning in the developing child with a disciplinary commitment to communicate discoveries in ways that are meaningful for societal benefit. Students in our pioneering, bilingual American Sign Language-English program gain state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience training in how humans learn, with a focus on the neuroplasticity of visual learning processes. PEN students become experts in at least one cutting-edge cognitive neuroscience method (e.g., fNIRS, EEG, fMRI), study neuroethics, gain strong critical analysis and reasoning skills in science, receive leadership training through the VL2 Student Network to become academic/professional leaders on the world stage, and develop their own research program under close mentorship from our faculty. While becoming experts in both neuroimaging and behavioral experimental science, students also learn powerful and principled ways that science can be translated for the benefit of education and society.

PEN is an interdisciplinary program housed in the National Science Foundation-Gallaudet University Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) and enjoys a close relationship with its four national resource hubs: Petitto Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2), Early Education and Literacy Lab (EL2), Motion Light Laboratory (ML2), and Translation in the Science of Learning Lab (TL2.)

For information on how to apply and admission criteria, visit our application requirements page. Contact us at

The deadline to apply for the PEN program is February 15, 2022. Early applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


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