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The National Stuttering Association (NSA) is pleased to announce the winner of the first annual NSA/Canadeo Family Research Award. The award provides a cash award for innovative stuttering research. The winning proposal was submitted by Mr. Geoff Coalson and Dr. Courtney Byrd, both of the University of Texas-Austin. The proposal, entitled “Phonological Syllabification in Adults Who Do and Do Not Stutter,” explores the impact of syllable integration (i.e., syllabification) during silent speech production of adults who do and do not stutter. The findings will provide insight into the contribution of subtle phonological difficulties to stuttered speech.

g-coalsonGeoffrey Coalson, MS, CCC-SLP

Geoffrey is a doctoral student at The University of Texas at Austin.  Geoffrey earned a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UT-Austin and MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University. His research focus is the contribution of phonological and phonetic factors to stuttering.

c-byrdCourtney Byrd, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Byrd is an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin and director of the Austin Center for Stuttering Intervention and Research.
Her primary research focus is the contribution of linguistic and motor planning to developmental stuttering.

awardThe National Stuttering Association is the world’s largest self-help organization for people who stutter.  The mission of the NSA is to help individuals who stutter through education, support and research.  The Canadeo Award comes from a generous donation from the Ernie Canadeo Family.  Mr. Canadeo is the immediate past-chairman of the National Stuttering Association, a person who stutters himself, and a successful businessman in Long island, NY.