Kia Noelle Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Director of the Stuttering Analysis Research Laboratory at the University of Houston in Houston, TX. She also serves as a co-advisor to the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association chapter at the University of Houston.
She completed her doctoral training in Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). She received a Master’s and Baccalaureate degree in Communication Disorders from Howard University (Washington, DC) and Truman State University (Kirksville, MO), respectively.
Dr. Johnson specializes in Fluency and Fluency Disorders with a focus on children who stutter. Her current research interest is in the examination of speech disfluencies in culturally and linguistically diverse children who do and do not stutter. Aside from teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, she presents her research at local, national, and international scholarly conferences and has first-authored and co-authored many research publications. Dr. Johnson also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence as a Speech-Language Pathologist with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and state licensure with Texas.
Within the profession, Dr. Johnson has contributed service as the Texas State Representative to the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council of ASHA and Associate Editor of ASHA’s Fluency and Fluency Disorders Special Interest Group. She has also served on a number of ASHA Convention Program Committees and applicant review panels (i.e., MSLP, AARC, SPARC). She is an AARC Award recipient (2009), an ASHA/NIH-NIDCD Lessons for Success participant (2010) and a 4-time ASHA Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award recipient. She has mentored countless undergraduate and graduate students within the profession and served as a mentor through ASHA’s MARC Program (2016) and the inaugural class of the Leadership Mentoring Program (2018).
Dr. Johnson serves on the ASHA Board of Directors as the National Advisor to the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. She is also an 18-year member of the National Black Association for Speech, Language and Hearing where she currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors.
She is a proud alumna of the 2006 class of the ASHA Minority Student Leadership Program.