The National Stuttering Association (NSA) presented Kathleen Scaler Scott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-F, associate professor of speech-language pathology at Misericordia University, with the 2018 Professional of the Year Award at the 35th annual NSA Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Scaler Scott, who has served on the NSA Board of Directors and is currently the co-chair of the NSA Research Committee, received the award in "honor of her dedication and contributions to NSA.'' A member of the research committee since 2013, she and her colleagues review proposals from researchers who want to conduct research on stuttering, helping them to gain access to funding and participant recruitment through the NSA.
Most recently, she conducted the master class workshop, "Fluency Plus: Managing Fluency Disorders in Individuals with Multiple Diagnoses," for the NSA before the annual conference in Chicago. It focused on evaluating and treating stuttering, cluttering and atypical disfluency in clients with additional diagnoses, such as autism, ADHD and speech-sound disorders.
The NSA is the largest nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to bringing hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, their families, and professionals, through support, education, advocacy, and research, according to the organization.
Dr. Scaler Scott is a practicing speech-language pathologist, and board-certified specialist in fluency disorders. She has been a practicing clinician since 1993 in hospital, school, and private practice settings, including the Misericordia University Speech-Language Hearing Center in John J. Passan Hall. A member of the Misericordia University faculty since 2009, her clinical and research work includes examination of the linguistic, phonological and fluency patterns in children on the autism spectrum, characteristics of cluttering, and clinician-researcher partnerships. She has presented numerous papers and presentations nationally and internationally in the areas of social communication disorders, literacy and fluency disorders.
A leading researcher on cluttering, Dr. Scaler Scott published the book, "Fluency Plus: Managing Fluency Disorders in Individuals with Multiple Diagnoses,'' in 2018. She is also the co-author of the interactive therapy manual/CD-ROM combination, "Managing Cluttering: A Comprehensive Guidebook of Activities," with David Ward, Ph.D., of the University of Reading, England, published in 2013. In addition, she co-edited the textbook, "Cluttering: A Handbook of Research, Intervention, Education," published by Psychology Press in 2011. It was developed to release the most recent theories and research on cluttering.
Dr. Scaler Scott is a certified special education and elementary education teacher and was the first coordinator of the International Cluttering Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech-language hearing science from Douglass College of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; a Master of Science degree in communication disorders from Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in applied language and speech sciences from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana.
For more information about the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/slp.