Discovery through investigation.

Let’s get scientific!

Forever curious!

In addition to being a practicing clinician, I’m also a dedicated researcher who values scientific inquiry and the peer review process. As the director of the Fluency Disorders Research Lab within the School of Education (Department of Speech-Language Pathology) at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, my fantastic team and I strive to recognize and explore novel topics in fluency disorders. It’s a total blast!

To date, we’ve worked together with some of the brightest minds from respected higher educational institutions such as Wayne State University (MI), Bowling Green State University (OH), La Salle University (PA), Baldwin Wallace University (OH), and Eastern Kentucky University (KY). Additionally, we’ve gained valuable knowledge through our ongoing working relationship with the Chmela Fluency Center (IL), which is one of the nation’s premier assessment and treatment providers for people with fluency disorders.

Recent Publications:

Dignazio, L. E., Kenny, M. M., Raj, E. X. & Pelkey, K. D. (2020). Stuttering-related podcasts: Audio-based self-help for people who stutter. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. Advanced online publication.

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.

Research Lab Members and Volunteers:

Erik X. Raj, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Research Lab Director
Monmouth University Faculty
Lauren E. Dignazio, B.S.
Current Research Lab Member
Monmouth University Graduate Student
Megan M. Kenny, B.A.
Current Research Lab Member
Monmouth University Graduate Student
Kyle D. Pelkey, M.S., CCC-SLP
Current Research Lab Volunteer
Chmela Fluency Center Clinician (Buffalo Grove, Illinois)
Nicholas J. Caruso III, M.S., CF-SLP
Current Research Lab Volunteer
Chmela Fluency Center Clinician (Buffalo Grove, Illinois)
Nagwa N. Ahmed, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP
Former Research Lab Member (Graduated)
Monmouth University Alumna


The Fluency Disorders Research Lab would like to express sincere gratitude to Monmouth University for its ongoing financial support through the use of graduate research assistantships as well as Monmouth University’s Summer Scholars Program. Additionally, the Fluency Disorders Research Lab is thankful for the Monmouth University School of Education Mentoring Program that has enabled members of this lab to gain valuable guidance and insight that has been directly related to the creation and execution of numerous research initiatives.

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