An Interdisciplinary Program in Hearing and Communication Neuroscience at USC

Hearing & Communication Neuroscience (HCN) is a graduate and post-graduate training program at the University of Southern California.  The program includes faculty from multiple departments spanning the Keck School of Medicine, the Viterbi School of Engineering, and the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.  Cutting-edge research programs investigating mechanisms of audition and vocal communication are located in the Departments of Otolaryngology, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics, Neurobiology, Linguistics, Psychology, and Biomedical Engineering.  Our goal is to bring together scientists working in diverse areas of hearing and communication neuroscience to provide outstanding training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.  Our program is supported by an NIH training grant from the National Institute of Deafness & Communication Disorders.

Training Pre-doctoral, Post-doctoral and Clinician-Scientists

Scientists in the Hearing & Communication Neuroscience program conduct research that spans multiple disciplines, ranging from genetics and cell-molecular biology to cognitive, systems, and behavioral neuroscience.  HCN labs are investigating mechanisms involved in the development and function of the auditory nervous system at the level of individual cells and neural circuits, as well as cognitive constructs such as neural representations of memories, plans and actions.  An integrated knowledge of mechanisms at different levels of analysis is necessary for advancing our understanding of hearing and communication disorders, thereby leading to treatments and cures. 

Through the USC Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP)

Our program is committed to exposing trainees to relevant aspects of clinical practice in the auditory and communication sciences, and involving clinician-scientist trainees in rigorous scientific training and clinical research.  Strong ties to patient-oriented studies in Otolaryngology and on the grounds of the John Tracy Clinic, a leading clinical audiology center for children with hearing loss, enable the program to offer opportunities for facilitating interactions between basic scientific research and its potential applications, and exposing graduate students and postdocs to cutting-edge clinical practices.


We have a training program for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and physician scientists in Hearing & Communication Neuroscience (HCN), which is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders. Use the links on the left to read more about HCN training opportunities.

The annual retreat of the HCN training program was held on Catalina Island in May 8 & 9, 2017. Students and faculty enjoyed presentations on current research in Hearing & Communication Neuroscience. For the full description, see "More News."