Sturen representatives


Jóhanna Einarsdóttir is associate professor of Speech & Language Pathology in the School of Health Sciences and assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of Iceland.  She has worked as a clinician for over 25 years and has specialised in the treatment of stuttering since 1994.  Jóhanna’s PhD thesis (2009) explored the identification and measurement of stuttering in preschool children.  She has been on the board of the Icelandic Stuttering Association and editor of the Icelandic Speech and Hearing Association journal for several years.  Her primary research interests include the identification and measurement of stuttering in preschool children and the language abilities of preschoolers in general (language acquisition, phonological awareness and emergent literacy.

Jóhanna’s current research interest involves the treatment of stuttering in school-children and adults and the measurement of stuttering across languages.


Kirstin Lára


John Van Borsel is professor of Neurolinguistics and
Logopaedics at Ghent University, Belgium and the Veiga
de Almeida University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a clinician he has
been working with clients with fluency disorders for over 25 years. He has been a member of the International Fluency Association since 1997 and Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluency Disorders since 2000. Among his main research interests are neurogenic stuttering, stuttering in bilinguals and fluency disorders in genetic syndromes.

John’s current research interests involve the impact of stuttering on the formation of romantic relationships.


Marjan Cosyns has worked as a clinician specializing in stuttering diagnosis and therapy.   From 2007-2011 she prepared a doctoral thesis entitled “Speech in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1”, research which included detailed fluency analysis of speech in these individuals.  Marjan currently works as a postdoctoral assistant at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Logopaedic-Audiologic Sciences at Ghent University, Belgium, where her research interests include the measurement of stuttering.


Per Alm is a researcher and lecturer in neuropsychology
and logopedics working at the Department of Neuroscience, Speech-Language Pathology at Uppsala University in Sweden. His main research interests include neurological mechanisms, symptoms, and psychological aspects of speech fluency disorders (stuttering and cluttering). Per’s PhD thesis (2005) explored the possible role of the basal ganglia in stuttering. His current interest in the assessment of stuttering severity began during studies at the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR), Edmonton, Canada (1997).


Karin Dahlin Granberg is a clinician specializing in fluency disorders, voice disorders, and rehabilitation following laryngeal and oral cancer. She works at the
Department of speech and language therapy in Västmanland County Hospital, Västerås, Sweden. Karin lectures on clinical aspects of fluency disorders at Uppsala University and is tutoring students in their clinical practice on stuttering and voice disorders. She is also the committee chairman for the 3rd Nordic Conference on Stuttering and Cluttering.


Elisabeth Lindström is associate professor of Logopedics at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Her PhD thesis (Karolinska Institute 1996) explored the characteristics and prevalence of hoarseness in children. During her career she has been teaching speech language pathology at the universities of Lund and Umeå. Elisabeth has been working with clients with fluency disorders for more than 30 years.  Elisabeth’s current research involves etiology and treatment of stuttering and voice disorders.


Ineke Samson is a speech-language therapist and assistant director for the Department of speech and language therapy in Danderyds hospital in Stockholm. For the last ten years she has worked exclusively in the field of fluency disorders. Ineke is reposnsible for the content and structure of theory, practice and assessment of fluency disorders at the Karolinska Institute, where she also has an ongoing teaching assignment.  Ineke’s current research interests focus on gender aspects and women with fluency disorders from a developmental perspective.


Lise Reitz is a speech and language pathologist specializing in fluency disorders with 15 years of clinical experience. She works in Copenhagen with adults who stutter.  She is also a certified psychotherapist, trained in Emotion Focused Therapy with a special interest in the field of neuroaffective therapy (also known as interpersonal neurobiology), which is a synthesis of the fields of psychology, biology and neurology. Lise teaches classes in stuttering at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Southern Denmark. She is particularly interested in combining the field of psychotherapy with traditional speech therapy approaches.


Bi Gram has worked as a clinician in speech and language disorders since 1992.  Since 2001 her primary focus has been fluency disorders. She has worked at the Speech and Hearing Institute in Hellerup, and as a fluency consultant at both the
Stuttering Information Centre of Denmark and the Danish Social Board as well as within her own private practice.  Bi has also been a lecturer on dysfluency at the University of Copenhagen for six years and will take up this role again from the autumn of 2012.


Dr Eira Jansson-Verkasalo is a senior lecturer of logopedics at the University of Turku, Finland. She has been teaching since 1982 in the field of Logopedics. She has defended her PhD thesis on central auditory processing (CAP) in children born very preterm and with Asperger syndrome.  Recent studies have broadened to include stuttering, focussing on CAP in developmental stuttering. Further aims are
to develop norms forspeech fluency in the Finnish language and to be better
able to identify and measure stuttering.  Eira works in close cooperation with the
European Clinical Specialization in Fluency Disorders.


Marjaana Raukola-Lindblom is a clinician, specializing in neurological speech and language pathology. She works with adults who have neurological disorders in a private outpatient clinic in Turku, Finland. She also works as a tutor at the University of Turku.  Marjaana’s primary interests, in both research and the clinical setting, are communication disorders following traumatic brain injuries. Neurogenic stuttering is a difficult disorder to identify, measure and rehabilitate, particularly following traumatic brain injury where clients usually have complex cognitive deficits. Marjaana is interested in broadening her skills and in developing methods in assessment and treatment related to neurogenic stuttering.



Hilda Sønsterud  qualified as a speech and language
pathologist in 1998 and soon began to develop her special interest in fluency disorders.  Since 2005, Hilda has worked at Statped sørøst in Oslo, where she specialises in treatment and research related to fluency disorders, and provides supervision and guidance for clinicians working with dysfluency across the south-east of Norway.  She is also Norway’s representative on the committee of the International Cluttering Association and the chair of the International Fluency Association‘s Meetings and Conferences Committee.


Kirsten Howells qualified as a speech and language therapist in 2003 and worked within the UK’s National Health Service for 5 years.  She currently works at Statped sørøst in Oslo, where she specialises in assessment and treatment related to fluency disorders, and provides supervision and guidance for clinicians working with dysfluency across the south-east of Norway.

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