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Prosem Lecture: Understanding Recovery from Stuttering: A Multifactorial and Multileveled Approach
February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presenter: Evan Usler, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, MGH-‐Institute of Health Professions and Boston University
Topic: Understanding Recovery from Stuttering: A Multifactorial and Multileveled Approach
Developmental Stuttering is a neurodevelopmental sensorimotor speech disorder that is characterized by the emergence of involuntary and atypical disfluent speech production in early childhood. Although a majority of children who stutter will recover spontaneously within a few years, for a minority of children, stuttering can become a persistent and debilitating disorder that negatively affects social, academic, and vocational aspects of everyday life. Dr. Usler’s research focuses on a multifactorial and multileveled approach to better understand the neurophysiology of speech, language, and emotional processes, and how their interaction contributes to the emergence, manifestation, and chronicity of stuttering across the lifespan.
About our presenter:
Dr. Evan Usler is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at MGH Institute of Health Professions. He previously received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Purdue University. His research interests focus on disorders of speech motor control and fluency, primarily stuttering, and how the interaction of different neural processes contribute to speech.