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Laboratory for fluency disorders

Laboratory Staff

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Ken St. Louis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-F, a mostly recovered stutterer, is a professor of speech-language pathology and director of the Labratory for Fluency and International Project on Attitudes toward Human Attributes. He has taught and treated fluency disorders for 40 years, and his research has culminated in 150 publications and 330 presentations. He has collaborated with many colleagues internationally on measuring public attitudes toward stuttering.

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Ozlem Oge-Dasdogen

Ozlem Oge-Dasdogen is a doctoral candidate in Neuroscience at Istanbul University who is carrying out research at West Virginia University. She is a speech-language pathologist with a decade of private practice experience in Turkey.


Undergraduate Researchers, 2016-2017

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Haley Glover

Haley Glover is from Pendleton County, WV, and is an undergraduate speech pathology and audiology student at West Virginia University. After completing her Master’s degree at West Virginia University, she plans to specialize in early intervention services. She recently completed an undergraduate thesis exploring children’s and parents’ attitudes toward stuttering.  

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Allison Hatcher

Allison Hatcher is from Beckley, WV, and is an undergraduate speech pathology and audiology student at West Virginia University. After completing her Master’s degree at Marshall University, she wants to specialize in school-based or rehab speech-language pathology services. 

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Ashley Garrett

Ashley Garrett is from Parkersburg, WV, and is an undergraduate speech pathology and audiology student at West Virginia University. After completing her Master’s degree at West Virginia University, she plans to specialize in swallowing disorders. 

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Kayla Caudle

Kayla Caudle is from Parkersburg, WV, and is an undergraduate speech pathology and audiology student at West Virginia University. She will be attending Marshall University in the fall to obtain her master’s degree, and hopes to practice as a speech-language pathologist.  

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Madison Flick

Madison Flick, from Bluefield, WV, is an undergraduate speech pathology and audiology student at West Virginia University. After completing her Master’s degree at West Virginia University, she plans to provide speech pathology services for public schools in low-income communities. 

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Jenn Chichilla

Jennifer G. Chichilla participated in this research under the direction of Dr. Kenneth St. Louis at West Virginia University. She is majoring in speech-language pathology and minoring in special education. In Fall 2017, she will begin her senior year and continue her research as an undergraduate student.


Undergraduate Researchers, 2017-18

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Meredith Putorek

Meredith Putorek comes from Princeton, WV and is a senior undergraduate speech pathology and audiology student at West Virginia University.  Meredith plans on attending graduate school and completing her Master's degree in speech-language pathology. After completing her Master's, she hopes to work in a medical setting and return to the southern part of the state.

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Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson is from Latrobe, PA, and is an undergraduate Speech Pathology & Audiology student at West Virginia University. She is also pursuing a minor in Psychology. After the completion of her Master’s degree, she hopes to work as an SLP in a hospital setting.

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Becca Hall

Becca Hall is from Nitro, West Virginia. She is an undergraduate student studying Speech Pathology and Audiology, as well as earning a minor in Special Education. Becca plans on completing her Master's degree in Speech Pathology. Upon completion of graduate school, she plans on working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in public school systems. Additionally, Becca enjoys settings involved with Early Intervention and childhood development. 

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Lauren Myers

Lauren Myers comes from Trafford, Pennsylvania. She is an undergraduate honors student at West Virginia University in the Speech Pathology and Audiology program. She is also minoring in Special Education. Lauren plans on obtaining her Master's degree to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist. Ideally, she hopes to work with children in the public school setting. She is especially interested in stuttering and how it impacts people throughout their lifespan.