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.

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

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. Several universities were deleted September 1, 2017 because of retirements. If universities have hired replacements with a special interest in fluency and fluency disorders, I will add them.

  • California - Michael Susca - University of the Pacific
  • California - Roger and Janice Ingham - University of California, Santa Barbara
  • California - Patricia Lohman-Hawk - California State University, East Bay
  • Florida - Dale Williams - Florida Atlantic University
  • Illinois - Jean Sawyer - Illinois State University
  • Illinois - James Panico - Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • Kentucky - Pearl Payne - Murray State University
  • Kentucky - Charles Hughes - Eastern Kentucky University
  • Maine - Nancy Hall - University of Maine
  • Maryland - Mark Pellowski - Towson University
  • Massachuettes - Diane Parris - Boston University
  • Massachuettes - Amit Bajaj - Emerson College
  • Minnesota - Bruce Hansen - MSU, Moorhead
  • Mississippi - Gregory Snyder - University of Mississippi
  • New Jersey - Jim Tsiamtsiouris - William Patterson University
  • New York - Douglas Cross - Ithaca College
  • North Carolina - David Shapiro - Western Carolina University
  • Ohio - Joseph Klein - Appalachian State University
  • Ohio - Scott Palasik - University of Akron
  • Ohio - Rodney Gabel - University of Toledo
  • Oregon - Megann McGill - Portland State University
  • Pennsylvania - Glen Tellis - College Misericordia, Dallas, PA
  • Texas - Jennifer Watson - Texas Christian University
  • Vermont - Barry Guitar - University of Vermont - Burlington, VT
  • West Virginia - Kenneth St. Louis
  • Wisconsin - Charlie Osborne - UW-Steven's Point
  • Wisconsin - Carol Seery - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Washington D.C. - Shelly Brundage - George Washington University
  • Washington - David Evens - Western Washington University, Belingham, WA