Dr. Ron WebsterNational Stuttering Expert
HCRI President and Founder
Professor of Psychology
Dr. Ron Webster and his nonprofit Hollins Communications Research Institute (HCRI) have been the subject of hundreds of broadcast segments, interviews and print stories that have appeared in national, regional and local media.
Dr. Webster leads an award-winning stuttering research and treatment program at HCRI. His research revealed that stuttering is physically based, dispelling long-standing theories that the condition is caused by mental or emotional issues. He invented modern, behavioral stuttering therapy and continues to enhance his treatment, which delivers 3x the success rate of traditional stuttering therapies.
Learn how Dr. Webster is helping stutterers gain fluent speech in 12 Days - when other therapies are ineffective.
Interview RequestsDr. Webster is available to offer his expertise on stuttering, share powerful before-and-after therapy videos, and demonstrate how new technology (like his "therapist in your pocket" app) is used in treatment. He is comfortable in all interview situations and speaks with clarity and passion.
Interview Topics and Story Ideas
- HCRI Treatment Innovations
- What People Say about HCRI
- Sample Interview Questions
- New Developments
- Stuttering: Finally an Avenue of Treatment
- From a Campus Closet to the Edge of a Cure
Katie: The Little Girl who Stuttered and then Learned to Talk Fluently
There are 3,000,000 people in the U.S. and 66,000,000 worldwide who stutter. These individuals face daily speaking challenges – in the classroom, in the workplace and in social settings.
People who stutter are often shunned and considered mentally deficient. Yet, they are like everyone else, except they have a physical condition that inhibits fluent speech. Even ordering a cheeseburger or answering the phone can seem insurmountable to stutterers.
Traditional speech therapies have done little throughout history to help people who stutter. That’s why Dr. Webster founded HCRI in 1972 to investigate stuttering and find new ways to treat it. His findings and therapy set in motion a chain of unprecedented events that continue to change how stuttering is viewed and treated today.