Director Board of Advisors
Judith Kuster M.S. Speech-language pathology, M.S. Counseling, CCC/SLP is an emeritus professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Rehabilitation Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is an ASHA Fellow and Board Recognized Fluency Disorders Specialist. Kuster is the creator of The Stuttering Home Page. Her work on the internet has been recognized by the ASHF's DiCarlo Award (1996), International Fluency Association's Distinguished Contributor Award (2003), International Stuttering Association's Distinguished Service Award (2007), ASHA's Outstanding Service Award (2008), and the Hall of Fame award from the National Stuttering Association (2009).
Shelley B. Brundage Ph.D., CCC/SLP is an associate professor at the George Washington University in Washington DC. She teaches courses on stuttering, research methods, and neurogenic communication disorders. She is a Board-Recognized Specialist and Mentor in Fluency Disorders. She serves on the steering committee for ASHA's Special Interest Division 10: Issues in Higher Education. Her main areas of research interest are in stuttering and in evaluation of the treatment process.
Kristin A. Chmela, M.A. CCC-SLP is a Board Recognized Specialist and Mentor-Fluency Disorders and is an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University. She was a school clinician for five years prior to opening a private practice and consulting firm specializing in working with children who stutter. Kristin is a frequent national and international presenter on stuttering and stuttering therapy and is co-author of The School Age Child Who Stutters: Working Effectively with Attitudes and Emotions
Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., is Chief of the Section on Systems Biology of Communication Disorders, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, at the National Institutes of Health. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and he served a postdoctoral fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Utah. His research focuses on the genetics of human communication disorders, including stuttering.
Sheryl R. Gottwald, Ph.D., CCC/SLP, is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire where she teaches the graduate course in fluency and directs the fluency clinical programs. Dr. Gottwald is a Board Recognized Fluency Specialist and Mentor. She has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of fluency disorders, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on this topic.
Barry Guitar, Ph.D., CCC/SLP is a Professor of communication sciences at the University of Vermont, and author of the textbook, Stuttering: An Integrated Approach to Its Nature and Treatment. In 1996 he was named "Vermont Professor of the Year," the highest honor given in each state by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
E. Charles Healey, Ph.D. 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.
Nathan E. Lavid, M.D., Long Beach, California, has a private practice specializing clinical and forensic psychiatry. He is also an instructor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Science, Los Angeles, CA. and the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Orange, CA. He has presented at professional conferences on stuttering and authored a book on stuttering, Lavid N. 2003. Understanding Stuttering. University Press of Mississippi, Jackson.
Kenneth Logan, Ph.D., CCC/SLP is a member of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida, where he teaches, conducts research, and supervises clinical activities related to fluency disorders. He is Associate Editor for
the Journal of Fluency Disorders and has presented many papers and authored a number of articles that deal with the nature and treatment of stuttering.
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.
Larry Molt, Ph.D. is chair of the Department of Communication Disorders and the director of the Neuroprocesses Research Laboratory at Auburn University. He holds a dual masters degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from the University of South Florida and Ph.D. in speech and hearing science from the University of Tennessee. Larry is an ASHA Board-Recognized Fluency Specialist. Larry was named 2003 Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year by the National Stuttering Association. His current research involves EEG topographic mapping of brain activity in a variety of speech, language and auditory disorders, with a prominent interest in stuttering.
Nan Bernstein Ratner, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, is Professor and Chairman, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland at College Park. She holds degrees in Child Development, Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Psycholinguistics and is the editor of six volumes, and the author of more than 30 articles and 20 chapters addressing stuttering and language acquisition in children. She currently serves as Co-editor of Seminars in Speech and Language. Dr. Ratner is an ASHA Fellow, a Board-recognized Specialist for Fluency and Child Language, and recipient of the 2006 IFA Distinguished Researcher Award.
Sheree Reese, Ph.D., CCC/SLP, teaches at Kean University in New Jersey. since 1996 after working as a clinician in a variety of hospital settings for over 20 years. Prior to coming to Kean, she was Director of Speech and Hearing Services at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J. Dr. Reese is the Director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Kean. Her primary area of expertise is Stuttering, and she is currently a Board Certified Fluency Specialist.
Gary Rentschler, Ph.D. CCC.SLP is Clinic Director in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He also directs the Stuttering Program and teaches courses in Professional Ethics, Legal Issues of Speech-Language Pathology, and Stuttering Therapy at the University. A Board-Recognized Fluency Specialist, Gary also was honored as Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year 2002 by the National Stuttering Association.
Ken St. Louis, Ph.D, professor at West Virginia University, 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. He is author of Stuttering Intervention: A Collaborative Journey to Fluency Freedom (PRO-ED) and the 2006 recipient of the International Fluency Association's Award of Distinction for Outstanding Clinician. .
J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC/SLP is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh and Associate Director of the Department of Audiology and Communication Disorders at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. A Board-Recognized Specialist and Mentor in Fluency Disorders, Dr. Yaruss also co-directs the Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania. His research examines the linguistic, motoric, and temperamental factors that contribute to the development of stuttering in young children, and on methods for evaluating treatment outcomes in children, adolescents, and adults who stutter. He is the co-author of the Source for Stuttering: Ages 7-18 and the Overall Assessment of the Speaker's Experience of Stuttering (OASES) measurement tool.