Basic Research

The Foundation is turning its attention more and more to various facets of basic research.

Brain Research
Neuroimaging studies have greatly enhanced the potential to understand brain-behavior relationships in complex behaviors such as speech and language. Research efforts are expanding which should provide information to develop targeted behavioral and pharmacological interventions, and may lead to earlier detection of individuals at risk for developmental stuttering. The Foundation is promoting this research in various ways.

Genetic Research
Finding the genes involved in stuttering and understanding what they do in people who stutter and in those who are normally fluent holds the promise of revealing some of the underlying causes of stuttering.

The following articles may be of interest:

Stuttering: Why we need a broader view to help children (and adults) who stutter

By Nan Bernstein Ratner, Ed.D., University of Maryland, College Park

Differences in the Brains of People Who Stutter

By Kate Watkins, Ph.D., St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford

Future Research and Clinical Directions in Stuttering: Global Considerations

By Ehud Yairi, Ph.D., University of Illinois and Tel Aviv University

It’s Not Stuttering, But What Is It?

By Kyra Swick, Vivian Sisskin, M.S., and Nan Bernstein Ratner, Ed.D., University of Maryland, College Park (Winter 2016)

The Evidence Is In — One Size Does Not Fit All

By Marie-Christine Franken, Ph.D., Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Fall 2015)

My client isn’t fluent – but is it stuttering?

By Vivian Sisskin, M.S., and Nan Bernstein Ratner, Ed.D., University of Maryland (Summer 2015)

This Child Isn’t Fluent — Is It Stuttering Or Something Else?

By Nan Bernstein Ratner, Ed.D., University of Maryland (Winter 2015)

Stress & Stuttering

By Nan Bernstein Ratner, Ed.D., University of Maryland (Fall 2014)

But Wait, There's More (not to like about Reilly et al. study)

By Nan Bernstein Ratner, Ed.D., University of Maryland (Summer 2014)

Update from Purdue

By Christine Weber-Fox, Ph.D. and Anne Smith, Ph.D. (Summer 2014)

First Year of Stuttering

By Ehud Yairi, Ph.D. (Winter 2014)

New Assessment Tool for Use with Parents

 By Sharon Millard Ph.D. (Fall 2013)

Brain Development in Stuttering

 By Deryk S. Beal, Ph.D. (Winter 2013)

Is Language a Risk Factor in Stuttering?

By Ehud Yairi, Ph.D. (Fall 2012)

Advances in Our Understanding of Adult Neurogenic Stuttering

By Luc De Nil, Ph.D., and Catherine Theys, M.Sc. (Summer 2012)

Surprising Pathway Implicated in Stuttering

By Stuart A. Kornfeld, M.D. (Winter 2012)

Using Brain Imaging to Unravel the Mysteries of Stuttering

by Soo-Eun Chang, Ph.D. (Aug. 23, 2011)

Brain Development in Children Who Stutter

by Soo-Eun Chang, Ph.D. (Winter 2011)

Feedforward Strategy In Children

by Rick Arenas, M.A. (Fall 2010)

Neurobiology of Stuttering: Are There Distinct Subtypes?

By Anne L. Foundas, M.D. (Winter 2010)

Childhood Stuttering

by Hayley S. Arnold, Ph.D., Purdue University (Fall 2009)

Introduction to Cognitive Therapy

by Jane Fry, MSc (Psych Couns)., Dip CT (Oxon), Michael Palin Centre (Fall 2009)

The Impact of ADHD on Stuttering Therapy

by Joseph Donaher, Ph.D. (Summer 2009)

Research on Electronic Devices: Preliminary Results

by Anne L. Foundas, M.D., and Edward G. Conture, Ph.D. (Summer 2009)

Clinical Trials and Cognitive Therapy

by Susan Block, Ph.D. (Winter 2009)

New Look at Stuttering and Emotions

by Edward G. Conture, Ph.D. (Fall 2008)

New Research from Purdue

by Anne Smith, Ph.D. (Summer 2008)

Temperament Can Underlie "Signature Strengths" in Children Who Stutter

by Patricia M. Zebrowski, Ph.D. (Summer 2008)

Communication disorders and temperament

An article about Dr. Jerome Kagan's seminar, The Nature of Human Temperament, by Lisa Scott, Ph.D. (Winter 2008)

Research in Pakistan moves forward

by Dennis Drayna, Ph.D. (Winter 2008)

Atypical cerebral laterality: Neural Risk for Stuttering?

by Anne L. Foundas, M.D. (Winter 2008)

Neurological Incidents May Cause stuttering

by Per Alm, Ph.D. (Winter 2008)

Recent study reports on SpeechEasy use within extra-clinical environments

by Ryan Pollard, John B. Ellis, M.S., Don Finan, Ph.D., and Peter R. Ramig, Ph.D. (Fall 2007)

Searching For Predictors of Chronic Stuttering

by Anne Smith, Ph.D., Purdue University (Fall 2007)

Auditory Cortex, Altered Auditory Feedback and Developmental Stuttering

by Anne L. Foundas, M.D., and Edward G. Conture, Ph.D. (Fall 2007)

Is stuttering characterized by subtypes?

by Ehud Yairi, Ph.D. (Summer 2007)

New Windows on Stuttering Onset

by Anne Smith, Ph.D. (Fall 2006)

Is Language A Risk Factor in Stuttering?

by Ehud Yairi, Ph.D. (Fall 2006)

New Light on Genetic Factors

by Dennis Drayna, Ph.D. (Summer 2006)

Genetics of Stuttering: New Developments

by Ehud Yairi, Ph.D. (Summer 2006)

Age is among the strongest risk

by Ehud Yairi, Ph.D., University of Illinois (Winter 2006)

Stuttering and The Basal Ganglia

by Per Alm, Ph.D., University of Alberta (Winter 2006)

Genetic and Neurological Factors in Stuttering

by Lisa Scott, Ph.D., The Florida State University (Winter 2006)

Newly Discovered Families Give Impetus to Genetics Research

by Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health (Fall 2005)

On the Gender Factor in Stuttering

by Ehud Yairi, Ph.D., University of Illinois (Fall 2005)

Research on Incidence and Prevalence of Stuttering

by Ehud Yairi, Ph.D., University of Illinois (Summer 2005)

Speaking Is No Small Task

by Anne Smith, Ph.D., Purdue University (Summer 2005)

DAF in Stuttering: A Potential Anatomical Link

by Anne L. Foundas, MD (Winter 2005)

Stuttering Foundation Hails New Research

Scientists find evidence for gene that predisposes individuals to stuttering. (Fall 2003)

Delayed Auditory Feedback

most helpful for those who stutter with Atypical Auditory Anatomy. (Summer 2003)

Medical Aspects of Stuttering

A study with olanzapine. (Summer 2002)

Recent Developments

Highlight Genetic Causes in Speech Disorders. (Winter 2002)

Are the Brains of People Who Stutter Different?

A study by Anne L. Foundas, MD. (Summer 2001)

Alprazolam, Citalopram, and Clomipramine for Stuttering

A Study by Dr. John Paul Brady (Fall 2000)

Neural Bases of Stuttering and its Treatment

An article by Robert Kroll and Luc F. De Nil. (Summer 2000)

Research Studies Interaction of Language and Motor Processing in Stuttering

A new and exciting look at stuttering in relation to language and motor processing by Anne Smith, Ph.D., Purdue University. (Winter 1999-2000)

Treating Coexisting Stuttering, Language, and Phonology Disorders

If your child has been in speech therapy for a problem other than stuttering but has begun to stutter, you should read the article by Nancy E. Hall, Ph.D. (Winter 1999-2000)

Research in Early Childhood Stuttering

by Ehud Yairi. (Winter 1999-2000)