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April 20, 2018

The lab’s new article: A Systematic Literature Review of Sex Differences in Childhood Language and Brain Development  by Etchell et al. was recently published in the journal Neuropsychologia. Click here to take a look.

March 7, 2018

Our lab's research was recently featured in an article on Michigan State University Extension's website! Check it out here.

February 23, 2018

New Clinical trial on stuttering and tDCS approved! Emily Garnett leads this study. Click here to check it out.

February 16, 2018

The SNL Winter newsletter is out! Click here to read about what we've been up to.

January 26th, 2018

Denise London has joined the lab as the lab manager on the U of M campus. To read more about Denise, click here. Denise replaces Cece Simonsen, who will be leaving this summer to purse her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  Congratulations to them both!

December 6, 2017

Dr. Chang participated in the Henry Steward Talk (HSTalks) series "Speech Dysfluency". Click here to check out her lecture. 

November 9-11, 2017

SNL lab members Ho Ming Chow and Emily Garnett, along with Dr. Jennifer Chesters (Oxford University), were invited speakers at the ASHA convention held in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Chang chaired this seminar at ASHA entitled: Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Measures of Speech Fluency & Brain Activity.

Ho Ming Chow and Andrew Etchell's poster entitled "Individual Differences in White Matter Integrity in Childhood Stuttering", was designated as a Meritorious Poster. 

September 26, 2017

Notice of Award received on a new NIH R21 grant (PI: Liu, Co-Is Chang, Fitzgerald) titled: “Psychological and Neurophysiological Risk Markers of Persistent Stuttering in Early Development”. Congrats to Dr. Liu on this achievement! Exciting work on anxiety markers for childhood stuttering to begin!

September 20-23, 2017

Dr. Chang attended the Oxford Dysfluency Conference (September 20-23) held at St. Catherine's College at Oxford University. New work from the lab was presented: "Differences in the developmental trajectories of subcortical structures in childhood stuttering" (authors: Emily Garnett, Ho Ming Chow, Soo-Eun Chang).

September, 1, 2017

Our lab's research was featured in the most recent issue of the Capital Women's Lifestyle Magazine (Lansing). To check it out, please click here

August 17, 2017

Madeline Van Eck has joined the lab as the lab manager on the MSU campus. To read more about Madeline, click here. Madeline replaces Chelsea Johnson, who will be transitioning as a PhD student this fall at MSU, in the department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She will still work in the lab but now as a doctoral student. Congratulations to both Madeline and Chelsea!

August 8, 2017

Ho Ming Chow and Andrew Etchell's  2017 ASHA Convention Poster presentation titled, "Individual Differences in White Matter Integrity in Childhood Stuttering", has been designated as a Meritorious Poster Submission. The Meritorious Poster Submission recognition is for proposals judged by the Convention Program Committee to show extraordinary, exceptional, and innovative work (~3% of submissions receive this distinction). Congrats Ho Ming and Andrew!

July 11, 2017

New article from the lab entitled: Social and Cognitive Impressions of Adults Who Do and Do Not Stutter Based on Listeners' Perceptions of Read-Speech Samples is in Press in Frontiers in Psychology. By Lauren Amick, Soo-Eun Chang, Juli Wade, J. Devin McAuley.

July 5-8, 2017

Emily Garnett and Soo-Eun Chang attended the 7th International Conference on Speech Motor Control, held in Groningen, Netherlands. Emily gave a poster presentation entitled: "Modulating neural activity with non-invasive brain stimulation in adults who stutter."

Dr. Chang was an invited speaker, and gave a presentation entitled: "Neural signatures of childhood stuttering persistence and recovery"

July 3, 2017

Soo-Eun Chang gave an invited all-day workshop ("Neural bases of childhood stuttering persistence and recovery: Updates for the informed clinician") at the Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

June 25-29, 2017

Ho Ming Chow and Andrew Etchell attended the Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) conference held in Vancouver, Canada. They each gave presentations:

Chow, H., Chang, S-E. (2017). Joint analysis of gray & white matter development trajectories associated with childhood stuttering. OHBM. Vancouver, Canada

Etchell, A.E., Wieland, E., Chow, H., McAuley, D., Chang, S-E. (2017). Increased left cerebellar functional connectivity with rhythm networks in adults who stutter. OHBM. Vancouver, Canada

June 23-25, 2017

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Emily Garnett attended the Brain stimulation and imaging conference held in Vancouver, Canada.

June 16, 2017

The SNL summer newsletter is out! Click here to read about what we've been up to.                

May 25, 2017

Dr. Emily Garnett, Postdoctoral fellow in the lab, has been selected to participate in the MICHR Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP) ( The award includes research support for 2 years ($85,000) and rich mentorship opportunities. Congratulations Emily on this achievement!

May 13, 2017

We are seeking to fill a lab manager position at our MSU location. Details can be found on our available positions page.

May 8, 2017

It's National Stuttering Awareness Week! Head over to our Facebook Page to see what we are sharing to celebrate.

May 5, 2017

Check out a new article about how our lab, with the help of some child-friendly friends, help children have fun during MRI scanning!

April 15, 2017

UM lab members celebrated the end of another successful semester with a bowling party. Check out the photos!

April 8, 2017

New article published in Human Brain Mapping, White matter developmental trajectories associated with persistence and recovery of childhood stuttering, is now available online! This is the first study to examine white matter tract development in a longitudinal sample of children who stutter. Results provide first evidence of developmental trajectory differences between children who persist in, vs recover from, childhood stuttering.

March 31, 2017

Dr. Chang was an invited speaker at the 2017 Boston Speech Motor Control Mini-symposium

March 21, 2017

New position opening for postdocs! Apply to join our thriving and exciting team of scientists, clinicians, and staff members conducting research to elucidate the neurobiological bases of stuttering. For details, please click here for more information.

February 17, 2017

Check out the lab's most recent article In Press in the Special Issue on NeuroImaging Studies on Stuttering in Journal of Fluency Disorders (Title: Anomalous network architecture of the resting brain in children who stutter. In this article,  whole brain connectomics analyses were used for the first time to comprehensively examine developmental functional connectivity differences in children who stutter. Furthermore, anomalous network connectivity patterns found in earlier scans predicted persistence or recovery from stuttering in later years. Click here for the article

January 9, 2017

Giving Blue – Thank You – and a Happy New Year! We would like to thank those who gave to the Matthew K. Smith Stuttering Research Fund on Giving Blue Day in November 2016. It’s now a new year, and with that comes a new opportunity to donate. All gifts up to 10,000 are being matched. Your donation supports innovative neurobiological research on stuttering. Our goal is to develop new and effective therapeutic interventions for those who stutter.

January 4th, 2017

Dr. Garnett presented at the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds Data Blitz. The title of her talk was Modulating brain activity in speech areas with noninvasive brain stimulation (HD-tDCS). 

December 15th & 16th, 2016

SNL celebrated the end of the semester on both the UM and MSU campuses. We're looking forward to a great 2017! Click here for photos.

December 8, 2016

Our latest newsletter is now available. Click here to see what we have been up to in the SNL.

November 29, 2016

University of Michigan is hosting Giving Blue Day taking place on Tuesday, November 29th. Consider supporting the Matthew K. Smith Stuttering Research Fund. This is a funding drive to help support stuttering research at the University of Michigan. Donations will be matched up to $10k by our generous donor, Mr. Matt Smith.

November 17, 2016

Notice of Award received on a new NIH R21 award entitled: Imaging Genetics study of twins who stutter. This study seeks to investigate the extent of genetic versus environmental influences on brain differences found in children who stutter. Congratulations to Dr. Chang and the research team!

November 17-20, 2016 

SNL presented more than 10 presentations at this year's ASHA (American Speech Language Hearing Association) Convention held in Philadelphia, PA.  Some abstract titles below!

Chang, S-E (Invited Seminar). The role of genetics and neurobiology in the development of stuttering. 

Garnett, E.O., Chow, H., & Chang, S-E. Differences in neuroanatomical development trajectories in children who do and do not stutter. 

Ayres, K., Dilley, L., Wieland, E., Morrill, T., Arjmandi, M., Chang, S-E.  Rhythm perception and temporal expectation in people who do and do not stutter. 

Wieland, E., McAuley, D., Chow, H., Zhu, D., Chang, S-E.  Rhythm perception and functional connectivity differences in adults who stutter.  *ASHA Student Research Award

Daliri, A., Wieland, E., Cai, S., Guenther, F., Chang, S-E. Auditory-motor adaptation is reduced in adults who stutter but not in children who stutter. 

Choo, A., Johnson, C., Jones, K., Macker, N., Chang, S-E.  Very mild stuttering versus disfluent non-stuttering children: Diagnostic utility of the weighted stuttering-like disfluencies measure.

Chow, H., Choo, A., Garnett, E.O., & Chang, S-E. Brain morphology differences distinguish children with persistent stuttering from those who recovered. 

Johnson, C., Chow, H., Garnett, E.O., & Chang, S-E.  Can linguistic development trajectories differentiate between children who do and do not recover from stuttering? 

Choo, A., Garnett, E. O., Chow, H., Chang, S-E. (2016). Modulating neural activity with non-invasive brain stimulation in adults who stutter. 

November  7, 2016

SNL hosted the viewing of "The Way We Talk", a documentary on stuttering, at the Studio C theater in East Lansing, MI. Dr. Chang answered questions from the audience on a range of topics on stuttering following the viewing. Jeff Fett, stuttering support group leader in the Lansing chapter, and many of the MSU CSD faculty and students, and area clinicians attended.

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November 4, 2016

SNL U of M campus held an all-day retreat at the Pierpont Commons to discuss current and long-term research projects. The exciting and stimulating day was wrapped up in a more casual setting with great food in downtown Ann Arbor.

October 10, 2016

Doctoral student Liz Wieland successfully completed and defended her comprehensive exams. Congrats Liz!

September 30, 2016

Chelsea Johnson, lab manager of SNL, attended the Van Riper Lectures held at the Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

September 20, 2016

Dr. Chow, Research Investigator of SNL, received a Notice of award from the NIH on his new R21 grant (Neural markers of persistence and recovery from childhood stuttering: An fMRI study of continuous speech production). Congratulations to Dr. Chow and the lab for receiving funding for this exciting new study!

September 2, 2016

Dr. Chang was an invited speaker at the 4th meeting of the Japan Society of stuttering and other fluency disorders, held in Tokorozawa, Japan (September 1-3). She delivered a talk entitled "Anomalous brain connectivity in children with persistent developmental stuttering". See photos!

August 31, 2016

Check out the lab's new publication, Relation between functional connectivity and rhythm discrimination in children who do and do not stutterappearing in Neuroimage: Clinical. 

August 2016

8/26 - Dr. Garnett was selected to attend the 2016 New York City Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Fellowship: Advanced Hands-on Training and Certification, held from August 22-26th at the Center for Discovery and Innovation and the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care. 

8/15 - SNL welcomes Megan Sheppard, MA, CCC-SLP as our new Research Speech Language Pathologist working in the child longitudinal study. 

8/15 - Doctoral student Liz Wieland was awarded a Student Research Travel Award from ASHA for her convention talk this coming November, Rhythm perception and functional connectivity differences in adults who stutter (co-authors include Devin McAuley, Ho Ming Chow, David Zhu, and Soo-Eun Chang). This award is given to the student who has the highest-rated student-authored paper in its convention topic area. Congratulations Liz! 

8/8 - Research by Drs. Chang and McAuley was featured in an article by the DANA Foundation, Seeking Clues to Stuttering Deep Within the Brain

  Our recent publication, "White matter neuroanatomical differences in young children who stutter" was selected as an Editor's choice article and was featured on the cover of the March 2015 issue of the journal Brain. 

Our recent publication, "White matter neuroanatomical differences in young children who stutter" was selected as an Editor's choice article and was featured on the cover of the March 2015 issue of the journal Brain. 

July 2016

7/15- Dr. Chang spoke at the Michael Palin Centre in London, UK for a full day workshop at the National Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) in Disorders of Fluency.

7/13- Notice of award (NOA) received for NIDCD R01 grant “A Longitudinal study of neural network development in children who stutter” (PI: Chang). This is a continuation of the longitudinal study that has been on-going in the lab. Congrats to Dr. Chang and all lab members! Another 5 years of exciting work ahead!

June 2016

6/15 - Welcome to Dr. Andrew Etchell, a new postdoctoral research fellow in the lab at the University of Michigan campus. Click here to read more about Dr. Etchell. 

6/13 - Congratulations to Dr. Ai Leen Choo, who was selected as a participant in the 4th Annual ASHA Pathways program. The role of the Pathways program is to mentor early-career clinical scientists in developing strong foundations for independent research careers. Dr. Choo's selected mentor for this program is Dr. Christine Weber-Fox. 

May 2016

5/20 -- Check out the very first Speech Neurophysiology Lab newsletter.

5/9 -- Research from the lab has been featured in 2 recent articles in the Stuttering Foundation of America newsletter: Future Research and Clinical Directions in Stuttering: Global Considerations by Ehud Yairi and Differences in the brains of people who stutter by Kate Watkins

April 2016

4/25 MSU undergraduate students Kelly Jones and Nicole Macker presented their poster titled "Differentiating between stuttering and normal disfluency in children" at the MSUFCU Lyman Briggs Research Symposium. Their poster was awarded an Honorable Mention!

  SNL UM Campus lab and family, 9/2016

SNL UM Campus lab and family, 9/2016

4/19 U of M Undergraduate students (Abhinaya Krishnaraj, Jennie Drazin for tDCS; Adrian Sanchez-Lohff and Lu Li for brain morphology; Jocelyn Rice and Emily Vanerian on ERN study) presented 3 posters at this year's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). See details on our Facebook page

4/12 Check out a recently published New Scientist article on the Science of Stuttering, in which research from our lab is discussed. 

4/1 MSU Undergraduate students working in SNL, Nicole Macker and Kelly Jones, presented a poster at the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)  poster session, entitled "Differentiating Between Stuttering and Normal Disfluency in Children". 

February 2016

A new postdoctoral research position is open at the Speech Neurophysiology Lab in the Ann Arbor campus! See details at:

Dr. Chang was interviewed on the popular podcast, StutterTalk, on their series on What Causes Stuttering


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