Office Hours: The Professor is In

The following university professors have agreed to serve as a panel to answer appropriately-posed questions about stuttering. This is especially designed as a good opportunity for parents of children who stutter, and for children, teens, and for adults who stutter to ask questions of several highly qualified specialists in the area of stuttering. Please do not use this forum to develop on-going discussion about various topics.

You can post Questions/comments to the following professors before October 22, 2007.

Barbara J. Amster, PhD, CCC/SLP is the founding Director of La Salle University's graduate and undergraduate programs in Speech-Language-Hearing Science. She has more than 30 years of clinical experience and holds Specialty Board Recognition in Fluency Disorders. Her master's degree is from the University of Pittsburgh and her doctorate from Temple University. She has published on speech rate and fluency as well as speech-language development of young children in foster care.
Klaas Bakker, Ph.D./CCC-SLP, associated with Missouri State University since 1990; specializes in fluency disorders; research focus on fluency disorders (assessment and diagnostic evaluation of cluttering and stuttering); develops new technologies for the assessment and measurement of clinical aspects of speech (dys)fluency; Associate Editor for the Journal of Fluency Disorders; Chair of the Website development for the International Cluttering Association.
Susan Block, PhD, teaches at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia and is a member of the Stuttering Research Consortium at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. Her PhD study focused on student-delivered stuttering treatment. She has also investigated prognostic indicators for adults who stutter and collaborated on research involving multi-site trials. Dr. Block has has conducted clinical programs for adults and children who stutter. She is one of the recipients of a $4 million NHMRC program grant, and a Fellow of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia. For the past 25 years she has taught at the university educating undergraduate and graduate students in the area of stuttering.
E. Charles Healey, is a professor of speech-language pathology at the University of Nebraska for the past 30 years. During his career, he has received a University Distinguished Teaching Award, the honors of the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a distinguished alumni award from the University of Kentucky. He also is an ASHA Fellow and a Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders. Charlie has published many journal articles and book chapters concerning adults and children with fluency disorders. He also has presented numerous workshops and seminars on the diagnosis and treatment of stuttering in school-age children who stutter.
Brian Humphrey, a board-recognized specialist in fluency disorders, is a program instructor and clinical supervisor in speech-language pathology at Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. At the NSU Clinics for Speech, Language, and Communication, he provides clinical supervision and treatment for a variety of speech and language disorders, and serves as ombudsperson for clinical technology. His research, publications, and presentations focus on stuttering and other fluency disorders, especially bilingual stuttering and atypical fluency disorders. .
Joe Klein is an assistant professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. Joe supervises therapy for people who stutter and teaches classes in fluency disorders. Joe has presented nationally at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Friends: The Association of Young People who Stutter, and The National Stuttering Association conventions. He has also published articles in Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Journal of Fluency Disorders, and The Journal of Stuttering Therapy, Advocacy, and Research. Joe lives in Albany, NY with his wife, Holly, and two children, Zachary and Greta.
Judith Kuster M.S. in speech-language pathology and M.S. in counseling, is an ASHA Fellow and professor of Communication Disorders at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is the webmaster for the Stuttering Home Page as well as the coordinator of this online conference. She holds Specialty Recognition in Stuttering and is a member of the Division #4: Fluency and Fluency Disorders. She is the recipient of the ASHF DiCarlo Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievent, the 2003 Distinguished Contributor Award from the International Fluency Association and a 2007 Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Stuttering Association.
Walter Manning, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a professor and Associate Dean in the School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Memphis. He teaches courses in fluency disorders and research methods. He has published more than 60 articles in a variety of professional journals and has presented on many occasions to regional, national, and international meetings. He is author of the text Clinical decision making in the diagnosis and treatment of fluency disorders. He is a fellow of ASHA and has received the honors of Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists. He holds Specialty Certification in fluency disorders from the Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders.
Charlie Osborneis a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point, Wisconsin where he teaches the fluency disorders course and other courses, supervises in clinic, and provides clinical services at St. Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point. He is a member of ASHA's Fluency and Fluency Disorders Special Interest Division and of the International Fluency Association. He has worked with children and adults who stutter for over twenty years.
Gary Rentschler, Ph.D. CCC.SLP is Clinic Director in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he directs the Adult and Adolescent Stuttering Program. A board-recognized Fluency Specialist, Gary also was recognized as Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year 2002 by the National Stuttering Association.
Ken St. Louis, Ph.D, professor at West Virginia University, is a mostly recovered stutterer. He has focused his entire career on fluency disorders with the primary goal of helping people who stutter. His work setting has been in higher education, where he has supervised graduate students doing therapy with stuttering and cluttering, taught courses in fluency disorders, and carried out research in stuttering and cluttering. St. Louis is a Board Recognized Specialist and Mentor in Fluency Disorders and author of Living With Stuttering: Stories, Resources, Basics, and Hope. He was awarded the first Deso Weiss Award for Excellence in Cluttering, which recognizes the international contribution of an individual to understanding about cluttering. .
David A. Shapiro, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Fellow of ASHA, a Board Recognized Fluency Specialist, and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA. In his fourth decade of providing clinical services for people who stutter and their families, Dr. Shapiro is a regular presenter at state, national, and international conferences. His book, Stuttering Intervention: A Collaborative Journey to Fluency Freedom (PRO-ED), is finding a wide international audience. Dr. Shapiro is the 2006 recipient of the International Fluency Association's Award of Distinction for Outstanding Clinician. . He is a person who stutters, has two teenage children with his wife, Kay, and lives in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.
Lynne Shields, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is currently a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Communication Disorders Dept. at Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO. where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and supervises in on-campus clinic. She teaches in the areas of fluency, language disorders, and assessment. She holds Specialty Certification in fluency disorders from the Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders.
Ellen-Marie Silverman, TSS-The Speech Source, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, received a Ph.D. in speech pathology from the University of Iowa in 1970 is an ASHA Fellow, and a member of SID#4. Since then, she has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow in developmental psycholinguistics and a member of several university faculties and has provided clinical services in diverse service environments. Dr. Silverman also has training in transactional analysis, which she has used to form the structure of her clinical approach. The author of scientific and technical publications, several textbook chapters, and Jason's Secret, a book for children, she has presented at local, state, national, and international meetings.
Vivian Sisskin, M.S., CCC-SLP, BRS-FD is a clinical instructor in the department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an ASHA Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders and serves as Coordinator for ASHA's Special Interest Division 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders. She has authored articles and continuing education materials related to the treatment of school-age children and adults who stutter. Her clinical and research interests include avoidance reduction therapy for stuttering, assessment and treatment planning, group therapy methods, atypical disfluency patterns, and self-help strategies. She is a private practitioner in the Washington D.C. area.
Greg Snyder, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Greg Snyder earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University. After graduation he was assistant professor in the Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences at Gallaudet University. Currently he is an assistant professor at the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Mississippi.
Michael Susca, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of the Pacific. Dr. Susca is an ASHA Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders, a member of the Special Interest Division 4 - Fluency and Fluency Disorders steering committee, and has over thirty years experience in treating people who stutter. Dr. Susca has published in national and international journals, presented at state, national, and international conventions, and is a former stutterer himself. He also continues a small private practice primarily for people who stutter.
Glen Tellis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Board-Recognized Fluency Specialist and Mentor and Associate Professor and Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Program at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. His research interests include fluency disorders, research designs, treatment efficacy research, advanced digital technology, and clinical outcomes. He has presented at national and international conferences and published articles pertaining fluency disorders. He is an editorial consultant and reviewer for the Journal of Speech-Language and Hearing Research, Journal of Fluency Disorders, and the Journal of Multilingual Communication Disorders.
John A. Tetnowski, JPh.D., CCC-SLP, is the Ben Blanco Memorial Endowed Professor in Communicative Disorders at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is a Board Recognized Fluency Specialist and Mentor. He has authored many articles on stuttering, and associated disorders, as well as papers on qualitative research and assessment procedures. He has treated people who stutter for over 15 years and was recently named the 2006 Oustanding Speech-Language Pathologist by the National Stuttering Association.
Amy L. Weiss, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language (ASHA) and a Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island. She is the current coordinator of ASHA's Special Interest Division 1: Language, Learning and Education, and secretary of the International Fluency Association. Her research in the area of stuttering has focused on the role of pragmatic language contexts in the prediction of disfluent speech in school age clients. She teaches courses in child language disorders, phonological disorders, fluency disorders and multicultural issues in language assessment and intervention.
Dale F. Williams, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Florida Atlantic University, where he serves as Director of the Fluency Clinic. He is also a consultant with Language Learning Intervention and Professional Speech Services, Inc. A person who stutters, Dr. Williams co-founded the Boca Raton chapter of the National Stuttering Association. He holds Specialty Recognition from the Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders and was recently named as a Fluency Specialist Mentor.

You can post Questions/comments to any or all of these professors before October 22, 2007.

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