Ph.D. Programs in Stuttering

Below is the beginning of a list of universities offering PhD programs in Communication Disorders with faculty who are known to have special interest/expertise in fluency and fluency disorders. This list is in no way endorsing or intentionally leaving out a specialist or a program. Programs that have only emeriti or adjunct faculty teaching the stuttering courses have not been included since it is assumed they would not be advising a doctoral student. If I am missing someone, please email me - Judy Kuster

When searching for a potential PhD program in fluency disorders, excellent advice was provided by two professionals. They are only suggestions. The bottom line, in my opinion, is getting accepted into a program where there is a mentor interested in fluency disorders. Additional suggestions - it would be a good idea to visit the potential sites and interview current doctoral students as well as touching base with past doctoral students of the advisor, who may provide an idea of the workload one will face as a doctoral student. Students might also be well-served by finding programs with a strong record of external funding and publication, and a history of ability to produce PhD students in the area of stuttering. External grant support to the advisor is a good way to get support for students. Finally, it is helpful to survey the current literature to see who the productive researchers and authors are in the topic area you may be interested in researching. One way to do that is to check the authors on the following sites:

Non-US Programs offering PhD Programs in Stuttering

  • Toronto, Canada - Luc DeNil - University of Toronto
  • Reading, England - David Ward - University of Reading


    U.S. Ph.D Programs in Stuttering


    Examples of a few programs that do not have PhD programs in Communication Disorders, but have full-time persons with special interest in fluency and fluency disorders who may serve as a thesis advisor on a stuttering-related topic and mentor master's level students who intend to complete a terminal degree in stuttering elsewhere. More examples are welcome. Judy Kuster


    added January 27, 2006
    last updated October 21, 2012