Stuttering Research Project

We are now recruiting participants from Newfoundland and Labrador for this research project. 

A sociolinguistic study of the perception of stuttering in co-operation with the Newfoundland and Labrador Stuttering Association

My name is Laura Tulk and I am a student in the Linguistics Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I am conducting a research project called A sociolinguistic study of the perception of stuttering in co-operation with the Newfoundland and Labrador Stuttering Association under the supervision of Dr. Paul De Decker, the Primary Investigator. The purpose of the study is to research public perceptions of stuttering in order to challenge negative stereotypes towards people who stutter (PWS) and enhance the mandates and goals of the NLSA. NLSA member and speech-language pathologist, Jon Garcin is part of our research team that will have access to the non-anonymous interview video files and the anonymous survey results. Participation is not a requirement of the NLSA.

PWS, the general public, and health professionals (e.g. speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, medical doctors, nurses, etc.) are invited to participate in an online survey in which you will be asked to answer both closed and open-ended questions regarding your perception of PWS, as well as your perception of how others feel about PWS. Participation requires one session of approximately 10-15 minutes in length. Data collected through this survey will be used for research purposes and may be presented scholarly conferences and published in academic journals.

At the end of the survey, you will have the option to contact the researchers to participate in video-recorded interview to discuss your experiences as a PWS, or experiences with PWS. The interview session will be 30 minutes. Your interview may be used as part of a documentary media project (a short video or podcast) that will be used to promote the mandate of the NLSA, which is to provide "support, friendship, and information to the stuttering community, instilling a sense of self-worth, which is often missing in the lives of people who stutter.”

Individuals may participate in either the survey or interview, or both.

Following the aggregation of survey data, participants are invited to an online meeting in which survey results will be discussed. Information about the details of this meeting will be available on 

If you are interested in this study, please click the link below to access the online survey.

If you have any questions about me or my project, please contact me by email at

Thank you in advance for considering my request,
Laura Tulk

The proposal for this research has been reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research and found to be in compliance with Memorial University’s ethics policy. If you have ethical concerns about this research, such as your rights as a participant, you may contact the Chairperson of the ICEHR at or by telephone at 709-864-2861.


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