Speech-Language Pathologist performs a swallow study at the radiology lab to help see what happens in the mouth and throat when the patient swallows.

Shepherd Center Speech-Language Pathology Fellowship Program

The Speech-Language Pathology Fellowship Program at Shepherd Center offers a positive environment to learn at a top-ranked, specialized neurorehabilitation hospital while facilitating opportunities to collaborate with other healthcare professionals and provide direct care to a diverse patient population. 
Our clinical fellowship trains speech-language pathologists across the continuum of care, from evaluation to medical treatment, rehabilitation, and life-long recovery. Mentorship will be provided to facilitate growth and independence in the areas of diagnostics, treatment development, caseload management, time management, and critical thinking application in the areas of cognition, communication, dysphagia, and voice. 

Fellowship Structure

The 13-month fellowship will allow the new clinician to complete the clinical fellowship year while rotating through acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, and acute and post-acute settings. The fellowship will provide a didactic clinical experience in a clinical hospital setting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fellowship Experience

As vital members of Shepherd’s interdisciplinary healthcare team, speech-language pathology fellows are part of a culture fueled by progress, innovation, and human connection. Fellow responsibilities range from providing direct patient care to the recruitment of incoming clinical fellows.

Fellowship Application

Shepherd offers one unique Clinical Fellowship slot for applicants who desire to advance their skills required for serving the catastrophically injured population, with emphasis on brain or spinal cord injury. Application period begins in the month of February each year.

Get to Know Shepherd Center

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in the medical treatment of spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular disorders. Named as a top rehabilitation hospital by U.S. News, our patient outcomes, such as return-to-home and return-to-work rates, are among the best in the country.

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I love how Shepherd Center takes a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach and truly involves the patient and their families in their plan of care.

Helen Leu
Former Fellow
Speech-Language Pathology Fellowship

Speech language pathologist, Amy Waite, works with patient Cole Burton in Shepherd Center's brain injury program.

Why Train at Shepherd Center

In more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 8,000 patients each year across our inpatient, outpatient, and day programs. Recognized as Model Systems for both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury, Shepherd is part of an elite group of hospitals driven to provide extraordinary care. Some things that make us a top training facility include:

Frequently Asked Questions

Shepherd Center is deeply committed to fostering an environment that is highly sensitive and appreciative of all aspects of diversity and training future speech-language pathologists from a culturally competent framework. The culture at Shepherd Center is fueled by progress, inclusiveness, and human connection, uniting individuals from all walks of life. As a Shepherd fellow, you’ll be part of a supportive community dedicated to individual growth and success.

Shepherd Center Speech-Language Pathology Fellowship program offers (1) fellowship position from August of one year to September of the following year. 

The following are required for an application to be considered: 

  • Master’s degree in speech-language pathology 
  • A passing score on the Praxis Examination 
  • Eligibility for a paid clinical experience (PCE) license in the state of Georgia 
  • Ability to start residency on the established start date 
  • Completed fellowship application 
  • A cover letter describing your interest in the position, previous experience in medical speech pathology, goals for your career, and the qualities that make you a viable candidate for this clinical fellowship 
  • Updated CV/resume 

Speech-Language Fellowship applications will be received through an online submission process with an established deadline in late February. All requested application material must be included to be considered for an interview. 

Yes, the fellow will receive a competitive stipend for the year. The resident also receives Paid Days Off (PDO) at a rate of 24 days for the program and health care benefits according to the Shepherd Center employee policy. 

Fellows are expected to manage their own transportation and housing arrangements throughout the duration of the fellowship.


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