Case Studies in Fluency Disorders: Faculty

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Marybeth Allen, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-FD, is a board-recognized fluency specialist and person who stutters. She is a faculty member at the University of Maine, where she serves as a lecturer and clinical supervisor in the Conley Speech Language Hearing Center. She maintains a small private practice, specializing in stuttering, and has consulted and worked in the public school setting (K–8). Over the past 12 years, Allen has chaired a continuing education "Fluency Discussion Group" for local SLPs, and has organized several Parent/Youth Fluency Workshops held at the University of Maine. As a person who stutters, Allen founded and continues to lead the monthly meetings of the Eastern Maine Chapter of the National Stuttering Association. She spent six years serving on the Board of Directors of this organization as the co-chair of family programs.

Monica Bray, MPhil, was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1965. She spent much of her career working in South Africa, the United States, and England, and has focused on Down syndrome language and speech. She spent 21 years as a lecturer and course leader on the speech-and-language therapy qualifying course at Leeds Metropolitan University, where her main lecturing input was disorders of fluency. During this time, Bray continued her clinical work in the area of learning disability with an emphasis on Down syndrome. Bray has authored a book, contributed to five others on speech and language clinical topics, and has produced papers and spoken at conferences on Down syndrome and disfluency. Although she is retired, Bray continues to work alongside others, particularly parents of children with Down syndrome, and eagerly shares her extensive experience and expertise.

Kristin A. Chmela, MA, CCC-SLP, received her master's degree from Northwestern University. She is a member of the initial cadre of board-recognized fluency specialists, and has focused her career on helping children with fluency disorders and the clinicians who serve them. Chmela is a local, national, and international consultant and lecturer, and has authored numerous practical fluency materials. She is executive director of the Chmela Fluency Center in Long Grove, Illinois, and is co-founder of Camp Shout Out, where she also serves as coordinator and co-director of professional and graduate student training and youth therapy programs. She currently serves on the Specialty Board for Fluency Disorders.

Craig E. Coleman, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-FD, is a clinical coordinator in the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Coleman currently serves as a clinical supervisor for the University of Pittsburgh, and teaches a graduate course on stuttering at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Coleman has given more than 50 presentations on stuttering and is the co-founder of MC Speech Books, where he co-authors children's books about stuttering. Coleman has served on the Legislative Council of ASHA, and as president of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA), where he is currently president-elect for a second time.

Garth Foote, MSc (A), SLP, has focused on helping people who stutter since 2007. Foote initially worked with younger children and teens; however, for the past two years he has run the McGill University Health Centre's Adult Fluency Program, a bilingual French-English program for Montreal area adults and older teenagers who stutter. As a professional who works and functions in his second language (French), Foote has faced many of the same communicative challenges his clients face, and actively seeks new ways to work across linguistic and cultural divides in a city where bilingualism is the norm. Foote draws on his training in cognitive behavior therapy as well as recent research in psychology to help his clients bring about difficult changes. He is indebted to his first teacher and mentor, Dr. Rosalee Shenker, and to Dr. Scott Yaruss, who has greatly informed his professional practice. As an SLP, Foote feels it is important to attempt the challenges he asks of his clients and practices regular, voluntary stuttering in both his languages.

Diane Games, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-FD, is co-owner of Tri-County Speech Associates, Inc. She currently serves in a leadership role for the ASHA Special Interest Group in Fluency and Fluency Disorders. In 2010, she received the NSA Speech Pathologist of the Year award. For the past 10 years, Games has coordinated the Fluency Friday Plus project in the Cincinnati area.

Barry Guitar, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor of communication sciences and disorders at the University of Vermont. His specialty is research, teaching, and the treatment of stuttering. Much of his clinical work focuses on treating preschoolers and helping school-age children to stutter more easily and communicate more effectively. In 2006, he published the third edition of his textbook, Stuttering: An Integrated Approach to Its Nature and Treatment, and in 2009, he and Rebecca McCauley published a new textbook, Treatment of Stuttering: Established and Emerging Interventions.

Danra Kazenski, MS, CCC-SLP, is a PhD candidate in the communication sciences/psychology department at the University of Vermont. Her clinical focus has been treating stuttering in children (specifically using the Lidcombe Program in both preschool and school-age children), as well as working with adults who stutter. While working at the Montreal Fluency Centre from 2006–2010, she collected research data on the effectiveness of the Lidcombe Program. At the University of Vermont, Kazenski is a project manager for a project investigating emotion-related variables in preschoolers who stutter.

Kathrin König, PhD, SLP, is a therapist, speaker, and lecturer in the area of fluency disorders. After completing her academic studies in speech-language pathology and rehabilitation science at the University of Dortmund, Germany, she started working at a private institution for speech and hearing science, where she specialized in treating people who stutter. After completing research on neurogenic stuttering treatment, she obtained her doctorate from the University of Dortmund. König conducts seminars for the professional association of SLPs in Germany, and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Dortmund. Apart from neurogenic stuttering, her research interests include idiopathic/developmental stuttering, evidence-based treatment, and childhood language.

Nina Reeves, MS, CCC-SLP, BRS-FD, is currently employed as a staff fluency specialist for Frisco and Garland Independent School Districts near Dallas, Texas. She also has a private practice where she provides stuttering therapy services to children and adolescents who stutter. Reeves has authored numerous resources and frequently presents interactive training seminars on topics related to fluency disorders.

Kathleen Scaler Scott, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in the department of speech-language pathology at Misericordia University, and a board-recognized fluency specialist. She has been a practicing clinician in hospital, school, and private practice settings for more than 18 years. Dr. Scaler Scott has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters in fluency disorders, and is co-editor of the recently released textbook, Cluttering: A Handbook of Research, Intervention, and Education with Dr. David Ward. Dr. Scaler Scott was editor of a Fluency and Fluency Disorders issue of Perspectives that focused specifically on cluttering (July 2009). Her current research projects include analyzing cluttering characteristics, examining working memory in cluttering, and exploring fluency patterns in autism spectrum disorders. She has presented numerous papers nationally and internationally in the areas of fluency disorders and social communication disorders. A certified special education and elementary school teacher, Dr. Scaler Scott is former coordinator of the International Cluttering Association.

Vivian Sisskin, MS, CCC-SLP, is an instructor and clinical supervisor in the department of hearing and speech sciences at the University of Maryland. She was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the college of behavioral and social sciences where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in fluency disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and clinical methods. She is an ASHA board-recognized specialist in fluency disorders and served as a coordinator for ASHA's Special Interest Group 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders. Sisskin received the 2011 ASHA Media Champion Award for promoting public awareness of communication disorders through TV, radio, Internet, and print. She has authored articles and continuing educational materials related to the treatment of stuttering, and has presented her work at national and international meetings. In addition to assessment and treatment of fluency disorders, her workshops and seminars include strategies for effective group therapy, communication strategies for children with autism spectrum disorders, and clinical supervision. Sisskin serves on the board of directors of the National Stuttering Association and is on the faculty of the Stuttering Foundation of America's Mid-Atlantic Workshop.

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-FD, ASHA Fellow, is an associate professor and director of the master's programs in speech-language pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. Yaruss's research examines factors that may contribute to the development of stuttering in young children as well as methods for evaluating stuttering treatment outcomes. He has published more than 130 papers, articles, chapters, or booklets on stuttering, including the Overall Assessment of the Speaker's Experience of Stuttering (OASES). He teaches classes on stuttering and counseling methods for SLPs at the University of Pittsburgh, and frequently provides continuing education workshops designed to help clinicians work more effectively with individuals who stutter.

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