March 21-23

UM and MSU members of the Speech Neurophysiology Lab attended the Michigan Speech-Language and Hearing Association conference in East Lansing and presented a total of 6 posters and two talks on varying topics.

February 1, 2019

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

November 15-17, 2018

UM and MSU members of the Speech Neurophysiology Lab attended ASHA in Boston and gave presentations on topics ranging from brain-genetic links suggesting biological mechanisms of stuttering, auditory-motor neuroanatomical differences found in children who stutter, disfluent vs fluency-induced speech-linked brain activity in people who stutter, and temperament and mock training effects on movement in pediatric imaging.

September 28, 2018

The lab’s new article: Functional and Neuroanatomical Bases of Developmental Stuttering: Current Insights by Chang et al. was recently published in the journal Neuroscientist. Click here to take a look.

September 20, 2018

Our recent paper published in the journal Brain was reviewed by Neurology Today: Children with Persistent Stuttering Show Reduced Cortical Thickness in Premotor Cortex. Click here to read the review article.

September 7, 2018

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

August 24, 2018

UM and MSU members of the Speech Neurophysiology Lab attended the Inagural Great Lakes Stuttering Research Symposium at Michigan State University. Researchers focused on advancing basic and clinical research, from MSU, UM, Indiana university, Wayne state university, U Toledo, Kent State university, and Purdue university attended.

July 13-16, 2018

Dr. Chang and PhD students Greg Spray, Chelsea Johnson, and Erica Lescht attended the 2018 Inagural Joint World Congress on Stuttering and Cluttering held in Hiroshima, Japan (July 13-16).

Lab presentations included:

Dr. Chang presented two Junior Researcher Forums with Dr. Nan Bernstein Ratner.

Greg Spray gave a presentation entitled: Neural Processes Underlying Phonological Awareness Differentiates Persistence and Recovery in Young Children Who Stutter (authors: Gregory Spray, Amanda Hampton Wray).

Erica Lescht, Gregory Spray, and Chelsea Johnson presented a poster entitled: Neural Correlates of Lexical Diversity in Children Who Do and Do Not Stutter (authors: Erica Lescht, Gregory Spray, Chelsea Johnson, Emily Garnett, Ho Ming Chow, Soo-Eun Chang).

June 14-16, 2018

Dr. Chang and PhD students Greg Spray and Chelsea Johnson attended the 3rd International Conference on Stuttering in Rome, Italy.

Dr. Chang gave a presentation entitled: Neuroanatomical bases of childhood stuttering persistence and recovery. Chelsea Johnson gave a presentation entitled: Mock MRI training procedures improve chances of successful MRI data acquisition in pre- school-age children who do and do not stutter. (authors: Chelsea Johnson, Saralyn Rubsam, Megan Sheppard, Ho Ming Chow, Soo-Eun Chang).

June 4, 2018

New article in Press in the journal Brain!

Garnett, E.O., Chow, H., Nieto Castañón, A., Tourville, J., Guenther, F., Chang, S-E.  Anomalous morphology in left hemisphere motor and premotor cortex of children who stutter. 

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). 



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