We are advancing both knowledge and understanding of stuttering through our support of research. As the largest stuttering support organization in North America, with access to large numbers of individuals and families affected by stuttering, the NSA recognizes its unique potential for helping the research community.

To that end, the NSA created the National Stuttering Association Research Committee (NSARC) to:

(a) Establish a set of policies and procedures for qualified investigators to follow when requesting participation of NSA members in approved research projects,

(b) Develop a mechanism to help fund research when possible,

(c) Conduct internal research to increase knowledge about self-help/support for stuttering, and,

(d) Provide current research information to the NSA Board of Directors.

Since 1999, the NSARC has approved numerous research proposals and has helped connect investigators with potential subjects from all over the country. Many of these projects have made significant contributions to understanding the nature of stuttering and its impact on those affected. (Updated February 2018)

Interested in Doing Research?

The NSA actively supports research on stuttering. Through its Research Committee, the NSA seeks to facilitate interactions and collaboration between scientists and people who stutter. This includes supporting researchers in the recruitment of study participants and disseminating research findings to interested members of the stuttering community.

Ready to submit your request?

Please note that submissions to conduct research are reviewed in three cycles throughout the year:

Cycle 1: Applications are due by February 15th, and applicants receive a decision on or about March 15th.

Cycle 2: Applications are due by June 15th, and applicants receive a decision on or about July 15th.

Cycle 3: Applications are due by October 15th, and applicants receive a decision on or about November 15th.

Regardless of when applications are received, applications are only reviewed during these three cycles (for example, if a researcher submits an application to conduct research on December 1st, that application will be reviewed during Cycle 1, and the applicant will receive a decision on or about March 15th). Due to the volume of applications received, the NSARC no longer reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Questions? Contact our NSARC Chair Kathy Scaler-Scott, Ph.D., SLP (scalerscott3@gmail.com)