Children who do or do not stutter needed for research study

Principal Investigator: Robin Michael Jones, Ph.D.


Children 3 to 6 years old who do or do not stutter are needed for a research study titled "Psychophysiology of childhood stuttering: Cognitive-emotional mechanisms." Hopefully, this research will help us learn how cognition, emotion, and language play a role in childhood stuttering.

Participation in this study involves two visits to the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center that take about 2 hours per visit. We also conduct yearly follow-up assessments. We have flexible scheduling to accommodate your availability.

During the 1st visit:

  • We will complete speech, language and hearing tests presented in a fun, game-like way
  • Parents will answer questions about their child.

During the 2nd visit:

  • We will complete a cognitive assessment.
  • Children will play “computer games” while wearing a soft “hair net” with sponges (to record brain activity) and “stickers” with sensors (to measure heart rate and sweat).


  • We will share the results of the speech-language and hearing tests with you and provide consultation and service referrals.
  • Participants will be compensated with a $40 check per visit ($80 total) mailed to their address.
  • Participants will be compensated with a check for follow-up assessments.

If you are interested or would like more information regarding the study, please contact us at 615-936-5126 or

Participant Criteria

Children who do and not stutter between 3 to 6 years of age

Visit Requirements

Two 2 hour visits to the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center


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Last Updated: Monday, September 27, 2021

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