Skip to Content

Arnold School of Public Health

Student Opportunities


Independent Study

Undergraduate and graduate students may register for independent study and receive course credit for assisting with research in the SCROLL Lab. The independent study activities will vary depending on lab needs and the student's educational goals. Activities may involve one or more of the following:

  • study preparation (e.g., literature reviews, IRB application, stimulus preparation, piloting tasks, recruiting subjects)

  • data collection

  • data processing and analysis

  • research dissemination (e.g., research poster preparation, manuscript writing).

Interested students must obtain permission from Dr. Adlof  prior to registering for independent study.

Paid Positions

Occasionally, the SCROLL Lab hires research assistants to help carry out specific research projects. Paid positions will typically be offered to individuals who have demonstrated an interest in language and literacy research, have the skills necessary to move a study forward, and can commit to at least 10 hours per week of work.  Currently, the SCROLL Lab has a graduate research assistant position and an undergraduate research assistant position available through Work Study.

Undergraduate students can submit an application with Dr. Adlof to USC's Magellan Scholars program. Magellan Scholars receive up to $3000 to support undergraduate research. Funds may be used for student salary, research supplies, and/or research-related travel.

The Honors College offers SURF and Exploration Grants that can provide funding for students to work in the lab and gain valuable research experience.

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. students are invited to participate in research in the SCROLL Lab as a volunteer, through an independent study, or as a member of the lab pursuing a Ph.D. under Dr. Adlof's direction.

Considering a Ph.D. in COMD?

The Ph.D. program at USC prepares students for academic careers, involving research and the scholarly study of the science of human communication and its disorders. The field of communication sciences and disorders is currently experiencing a shortage of individuals with Ph.D. degrees to replace retiring faculty. Therefore, the prospect of employment is very high for strong Ph.D. graduates.

Ph.D. students in COMD may have a background in communication disorders or a related field, such as psychology, education, linguistics, neuroscience, or computer science. Some may have worked clinically as speech-language pathologists, whereas others may begin their doctoral training immediately after earning a bachelor's degree.

Students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. under Dr. Adlof's direction may be eligible for financial support from the Department of Communication Disorders.

If you are interested in conducting research in language and literacy and would like more information USC's doctoral program in COMD, please e-mail Dr. Adlof, or Dr. Allen Montgomery, director of the COMD Ph.D. program.

Helpful Links:


Volunteering in the lab is a great way to become familiar with the lab and to get hands-on experience with research involving language and literacy development and disorders. Volunteers may contribute to the lab in many ways, including but not limited to: stimulus development, data collection and processing, and clerical work. If you are interested in volunteering in the SCROLL Lab, please email Allison Blakeley.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.