Research about stuttering is an important part of what we do at START.

Over the years, the Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust has collaborated with a number of national and international organisations including Australian Stuttering Research Centre (ASRC), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and New Zealand Coaching and Mentoring Centre (NZMC). START also supports Honours students from Massey University’s Speech Language Therapy Programme and Masters students from University of Auckland’s Speech Science Programme to complete research into stuttering within New Zealand.  Most recently this has involved developing a Teacher Resource.

We also support other organisations and individuals in their research, and encourage people who stutter to participate (if interested). Current research projects are listed below:

Tessa Senior – research assistant at Victoria University in Wellington and a person who stutters – is conducting a piece of research with her supervisor and fellow researcher Octavia Calder-Dawe about micro-aggressions and stuttering.

Most people who stutter have had to deal with micro-aggressions related to stuttering. Micro-aggressions are every day, verbal or behavioural acts that subtly devalue the person who stutters, whether intentional or unintentional. Micro-aggressions show negative attitudes towards the target group, often born through ignorance rather than ill-intent. The findings from this study will grow the body of work regarding micro-aggressions towards people who stutter.
This study is asking adults who stutter (16 years+) to take part in an online questionnaire, which will take about 20-30 minutes. It is mostly multiple-choice questions with one longer answer.
For more information, click here.

START is involved with the Genetics of Stuttering Study – an international study that is searching for the genes that cause stuttering – and we’re proud to be a part of it.
This is the largest study of its kind and we are encouraging Kiwis who stutter (or have stuttered in the past) to be involved. Stuttering affects 1% of the population (just over 50,000 NZers). Although the exact cause of stuttering is unknown, genetics play a role with researchers identifying four genes that may be linked to stuttering.
Participation in the study is free and easy – volunteers complete a 10 minute online survey then those who meet the study criteria will be asked to provide a saliva sample for DNA analysis. We are encouraging anyone over the age of 7 years, with or without a family history, who stutters or has done in the past, to take part in this exciting study. You will be contributing to a global effort to better understand the genetics of stuttering.
For more information about the study and details on how to sign up please click here.

Another study being completed by two SLTs/researchers from USA/Belgium are looking for adults who stutter (18 years+) to complete a 6-8 minute survey about what you expect from stuttering treatment.

For more information, click here.