This is who I am!
My name is Erik X. Raj and I feel blessed to be a part of the remarkable field of speech-language pathology. I’m a fully certified speech-language pathologist through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association who is licensed to practice in the states of New Jersey and Michigan. As a clinician, a majority of my services are provided in a traditional face-to-face setting. However, I have a growing number of clients across the states of New Jersey and Michigan that I serve through the use of Internet-based telepractice. I predominately work together with school-aged children and adolescents who have various articulation and language difficulties, and have a special interest in the assessment and treatment of those who stutter.
It’s my belief that speech-language therapy not only benefits an individual’s ability to communicate, but it also increases one’s overall confidence and courage. I’m absolutely committed to inspiring all of my client’s to do great things. For as long as I’m on this planet, it’s my mission to provide each person on my caseload with a positive and memorable experience that sparks a passion for lifelong learning and creative thinking. No matter where my career takes me, I know that my incredible clients have taught me much more than I’ve ever taught them, and for that, I’m more grateful than I can ever express.
Where were you educated?
I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. I then earned my Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Lastly, I received my Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan as a Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowship recipient.
Where do you currently live/work?
I currently live in a nice, lil’ town in New Jersey called Lawrenceville. I work at Monmouth University (West Long Branch, New Jersey) where you can find me having a good ol’ time over at Monmouth University’s Center for Speech and Language Disorders.
What do you do during the summer?
Each August, I have the honor of being a volunteer speech-language pathologist at Camp Shout Out in Holton, Michigan. This one-of-a-kind sleep away summer camp for young people who stutter allows me to participate in a hands-on, unique continuing education training opportunity with a leadership team directed by Board Certified Specialists in Fluency. Being a part of this residential, interactive therapeutic experience in a traditional summer camp environment continues to mold me as a clinician.
What do you research?
In addition to the clinical work that I do, I’m also a dedicated researcher that enjoys investigating topics that revolve around the subjects of stuttering support and teaching. Below are some of my more recent publications:
Hughes, C. D., Daniels, D. E., Raj, E. X., & Ghent, A. (2019). Using actors and peers in the clinical education of stuttering: Results from a mixed methods study. Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders, 4(1), 21-34.
Trichon, M. & Raj, E. X. (2018). Peer support for people who stutter: History, benefits, and accessibility. In B. J. Amster & E. R. Klein (Eds.), More than fluency: The social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of stuttering. (pp. 187-214). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.
Raj, E. X., Ahmed, N. N., & Hughes, C. D. (2017). Digital guest speakers who stutter: Student perceptions of videoconferencing within a fluency disorders course. Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders, 2(3), 238-249.
Raj, E. X., & Daniels, D. E. (2017). Psychosocial support for adults who stutter: Exploring the role of online communities. Speech, Language and Hearing, 20(3), 144-153.
You make apps?
Apps and mobile devices have cemented their place within most of today’s K-12 learning environments. As a veteran iOS app developer who has created numerous award-winning educational apps for children with communication difficulties, I believe I possess a true understanding of 21st century learning. I’ve provided over 100 educational seminars on the topics of apps and digital technology to school districts and professional organizations across the United States and Canada. It’s always a pleasure and an honor to consult and collaborate with other innovative clinicians and educators.
You do a podcast?
Do you enjoy listening to podcasts? Well, if so, you’re in luck because I’m the host of SLP Trivia Fun. It’s the only game show podcast on the planet where each and every contestant is a speech-language pathologist. If you’re a speech-language pathologist that loves to play trivia and loves to have fun, SLP Trivia Fun is the podcast for you! (NOTE: SLP Trivia Fun is currently on a hiatus so that I can focus all of my creative energy on Your Face Learning, which is my most recent project.)