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Chapman-CIME Physical Therapy Internship Program

The Chapman Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) International Internship Program in Costa Rica is a 10-12 week program offered in collaboration with the Center for International Multidisciplinary Education (CIME) consisting of language instruction and cultural activities and independent supervised internship work in Physical Therapy.  Chapman University DPT students may elect to participate in the CIME-Chapman Internship Program as their final practicum.  It is divided into two blocks: an initial 4 week period in San Jose, Costa Rica and a 6-8 week internship period in a location within Costa Rica. Throughout both blocks of the program, students stay with Costa Rican host families.

Stroke Boot Camp

DPT students can participate in the Department of Physical Therapy’s Stroke Boot Camp, a 2 week intensive, interdisciplinary treatment program for chronic stroke survivors, by:  1) helping design and implement the programs; 2) assist with collecting and analyzing clinical outcome data; or 3) providing hands-on interventions.  Healthcare professionals and graduate students from several disciplines and programs join together to provide multi-dimensional, patient-centered care that fosters social interaction.

Telerehabilitation, Robotic Therapy, and Augmented Reality Games for Stroke Recovery

As part of a series of collaborative clinical research studies with Dr. Steven Cramer’s Lab at UCI, Dr. McKenzie and Chapman DPT students have been involved in the inception and implementation of innovative approaches to stroke rehabilitation that incorporate cutting edge technology into emerging models of neurorehabilitation for stroke.  The interdisciplinary research team includes neurologists, post-doctoral fellows, M.D./Ph.D. and Ph.D. students, physical and occupational therapists, bioengineers and bioengineering graduate students, computer scientists, and undergraduates.

Francis Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy

Established in 1965 by faculty and students concerned about helping families and individuals affected by the Vietnam War, the Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy (also known as the Chapman University Community Clinic) has grown into a well-respected training facility offering psychological treatment services to the local community.

Under the auspices of Chapman University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program (a nationally-accredited program by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education-COAMFTE, the Center operates as a non-profit clinic for individuals, couples, families, and children.  The dual mission of the Center is to provide high quality and affordable mental health services to the local community and to provide an excellent training and research environment to the graduate students in the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at Chapman University.

MFT trainees are under the direct supervision of licensed clinical faculty. The Center is composed of eight therapy rooms, including a play therapy room for child therapy, and larger rooms for family therapy.  In addition, these rooms are equipped for direct observation and/or recording of sessions by clinical supervisors, as part of the extensive training and supervision of our graduate students.

*Join the Frances Smith Center Group Therapy Sessions: Beginning Monday 6/29 for 8 weeks. Free for the Chapman community!

Early Human and Lifespan Development Program

The goal of the Chapman Early Human and Lifespan Development Program is to advance understanding of the role of the perinatal period in maternal and child health. Led by Dr. Laura Glynn, this laboratory examines the interplay between biological, psychosocial and behavioral processes in human pregnancy.  The interdisciplinary research team focuses on questions such as: Why do women give birth to babies that are born early or small?; How does fetal experience shape the health and development of infants and children?; Does the prenatal period represent a critical period of neurological development, not only for the fetus, but for the mother too?

The Orange County Childhood Language Center

The Orange County Childhood Language Center provides free diagnostic and therapeutic services to children from 2 to 16 years of age who exhibit a wide range of speech, language and learning challenges. The Center is the local operating unit of The California Scottish Rite Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation. Through the efforts of the members of the Scottish Rite Santa Ana Valley, our Center has been in operation since 2001. Under the leadership of our Executive Director Judy Montgomery, PhD. CCC-SLP, and her staff at Chapman University, we assess the needs of children with speech and language disorders and provide necessary treatment.

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association that consists of graduate and undergraduate students involved in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  It is the only national student organization in the field that is recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  NSSLHA helps raise awareness about the profession of speech-language pathology, and promotes the awareness of speech and/or language disorders.  The members of NSSLHA engage in a variety of community service and volunteering opportunities in the local community and the greater Los Angeles area, such as the Relay for Life, MS Walk, Autism Walk, Surfer Healing, Down Syndrome Organization, BRAIN, and the Special Olympics.

The organization collects dues, elects officers, raises funds, and provides leadership opportunities within Region 10 in the US. The CU student chapter has been awarded National Gold Status for the last 3 years. 

Visit Chapman's NSSLHA website to learn more about NSSLHA as well as the students and recent events.

Illumination Foundation

Speech and Language Pathology Interns provide free speech, language and literacy interventions for the more than 65,000 children in Orange County who are homeless.

Sunrise Residence Center

Seniors who wear hearing aids or have hearing loss meet weekly with SLP Interns to become more efficient listeners which increases their conversations, social activities and music enjoyment.


Each week, SLP Interns conduct targeted social interaction events for and with persons who experience a wide range of brain injuries and neurological conditions that would otherwise restrict their speech and language skills.  

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