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WVU Fluency Lab undergraduate researchers take first prize in the CEHS Celebration of Scholars student research symposium.

April 4, 2017, Morgantown, WV

Fluency lab undergraduates’ poster “Comparison of Young Children’s and Parents’ Attitudes Toward Stuttering in Rural West Virginia” won first prize in the CEHS Celebration of Scholars undergraduate research category. The poster was lead-authored by Haley Glover. Additionally, the undergraduate research team also presented another poster, “Test-Retest Reliability of an Instrument to Measure Children’s Attitudes Toward Stuttering”. 

group photo in April 

Pictured left to right: Haley Glover, madison Flick, Ashley Garrett, Kayla Caudle


WVU Fluency Lab presents research at West Virginia Speech-Language Hearing Association State Conference.

March 31, 2017, Bridgeport, WV

Dr. Ken St. Louis and Fluency Lab students presented two posters at the WVSHA state conference in Bridgeport, WV. The poster “Test-Retest Reliability of an Instrument to Measure Children’s Attitudes Toward Stuttering” presents findings on the test-restest reliability of the POSHA-S Child. The poster “Comparison of Young Children’s and Parents’ Attitudes Toward Stuttering in Rural West Virginia” and presents information about how children’s attitudes toward stuttering change to reflect those of their parents’ as they go through school. Additionally, Dr. St. Louis and Fluency Lab researchers presented “Predictions of Children’s Stuttering Attitudes” in collaboration with Dr. Mary Weidner and student researchers from Marshall University. 

state conference

Pictured left to right: Allison Hatcher, Dr. Mary Weidner, Haley Glover, Kayla Caudle, Ashley Garrett, Madison Flick, Dr. Ken St. Louis

group at conference

Pictured (back row, left to right): Ashley Garrett, Kayla Caudle, Dr. Mary Weidner, Allison Hatcher, Dr. Ken St. Louis. Front row: Hanna Taylor, Haley Glover, Savannah Rice


St. Louis presents at National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing Conference.

April 14-16, 2016, Virginia Beach, VA

Dr. Ken St. Louis and colleagues Bellegarde, Goring, and Mayo presented their research poster “Public opinions of stuttering in Haiti and Barbados” at the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing’s annual conference in Virginia Beach, VA. Previously, little research had been done on perceptions of stuttering in the Caribbean region; thus, this research provided important information about stuttering attitudes among people of these cultures.  

St. Louis delivers keynote address to the Second Kuwait International Conference on Life Sciences

April 2-4, 2016, Kuwait University, Kuwait

Dr. Ken St. Louis presented research at the Second Kuwait International Conference on Life Sciences. His presentation, Public Attitudes Toward Stuttering: International Findings and Emerging Research, detailed stuttering attitudes among people from different countries and cultures. This research helps shed light on global perceptions of stuttering and promotes further research and advocacy in the area of stuttering. The Second Kuwait International Conference on Life Sciences is an international, multi-disciplinary conference which aims to promote the use of life sciences for social good.

St. Louis presents at ASHA Convention

November 17-19, 2016

Dr. Ken St. Louis and colleagues presented several research posters at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s annual convention in Philadelphia, PA. Posters presented include “Stuttering Attitudes of Polish Catholic priests, religious educators, seminary students, and religious education students”, “Rural vs. urban attitudes toward stuttering and people who stutter”, “Attitudes toward cluttering among Polish and English SLP students”, and “Changing preschool attitudes toward stuttering”. In addition, St. Louis and colleagues Flynn and Halverson presented a seminar titled “Measuring permanence of positive attitude changes toward stuttering”.

St. Louis presents at 8th World Congress for Fluency Disorders

July 6-8, 2015, Lisbon, Portugal

Dr. Ken St. Louis presented a variety of research findings at the 8th World Congress for Fluency Disorders in Lisbon, Portugal. Studies presented by St. Louis and colleagues include “Employees Attitudes Toward Stuttering in Malta”, “Cluttering Attitudes of SLTs and SLT students in the UK”, “Teachers Beliefs and Attitudes Toward Children who Stutter”, and “A Comparison of Preschool Children’s Stuttering Attitudes in Turkey and the USA.” This conference brings together international experts to discuss and present ongoing research in fluency disorders.