My mission is to help speech-language pathologists improve their confidence and competence when working with people who stutter. I have spent my career focusing on the needs of people who stutter and their families--and the clinicians who serve them.
I am a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. Before coming to MSU, I was an Associate Professor and Director of Master's Degree programs at the University of Pittsburgh and Coordinator of Clinical Research for speech-language pathology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
I received my MS and PhD degrees in Speech-Language Pathology at Syracuse University, where I focused on the evaluation and treatment of stuttering in children and adults. My current research focuses on factors that may contribute to the production of speech disfluencies and the development of stuttering in young children and adults, as well as on the evaluation of treatment efficacy for those who stutter. I have published more than 180 research papers, chapters, booklets, or articles on the nature, evaluation, and treatment of stuttering.
In addition to teaching and conducting research, I provide practical, real-world continuing education seminars about stuttering and other key topics in the field of speech-language pathologists. I have given more than 250 conference presentations, as well as more than 425 half-, full-, and two-day continuing education presentations for local, national, and international audiences. I also have developed numerous online courses for self-study.
I am co-author of the Overall Assessment of the Speaker's Experience of Stuttering (OASES), a comprehensive measurement protocol for evaluating the impact of stuttering on a person's life, as well as several books on stuttering therapy, including Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, and Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter. All of these resources are available through Stuttering Therapy Resources, a specialty publishing company that I co-own with co-author and colleague, Nina Reardon-Reeves.
I hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). I am a board-certified specialist in fluency disorders (BCS-F), and I am currently licensed to practice speech-language pathology in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York.
I have served on the board of directors of the National Stuttering Association (NSA), as well as on the Steering Committee of the ASHA Special Interest Division for Fluency Disorders. I received the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2006, I was named an ASHA Fellow. In 2009, I was named Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year by the National Stuttering Association. And, in 2012, I received the Annie Glenn National Leadership Award from the Ohio Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition.