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National Stuttering Association

William Webster

    Dr. William Webster is a retired university professor, a former Dean, and is a person who stutters. During the first 22 years of his career, he was a professor and chair of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada with an active research program focussed on brain mechanisms underlying stuttering. The results of that research have been published in more than 20 journal articles and several book chapters and have been presented at a number of conferences. He co-authored with Marie Poulos in 1989 a clinical manual entitled, “Facilitating fluency: Transfer strategies for adult stuttering treatment programs” (Tucson, AZ: Communication Skill Builders). In 1991, he was appointed Dean of Social Sciences at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, followed in 2002 as Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) in London, Ontario. From 2005 until his retirement in 2018, he was Dean of the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He retains an active interest in stuttering research and has served on the Ad Hoc Review Committee of the NSA Research Committee. He is currently completing a book to be entitled, “Stuttering and the brain: Reflections on my journey.”