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National Stuttering Association

Derek Daniels

    Dr. Derek E. Daniels is an associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He is originally from Houston, TX. Derek received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Grinnell College (1998), master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Houston (2002), and PhD in Communication Disorders from Bowling Green State University (2007). He has been a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist since 2002. Derek has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stuttering. He is a person who stutters, and conducts research on public perceptions of stuttering, and factors that influence the psychosocial experiences of individuals who stutter. He is particularly interested in identity, stigma, intersectionality, self-help groups, and culturally responsive practices. In 2023, Derek received the Professional of the Year Award from the National Stuttering Association. He is also a former President of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Derek’s hobbies include creative writing (poetry), 80s music, country music, and 80s and 90s television shows. He especially loves handwritten notes, cupcakes, recipes, soft chocolate chip cookies, and a nice glass of cranberry juice.