Dr. Ron Webster
National Stuttering Expert
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 triple the success rate of traditional stuttering therapies.
Learn how Dr. Webster is helping stutterers gain fluent speech in 12 days - when many other therapy approaches are ineffective.
Dr. 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.
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.
Interview Topics and Story Ideas
"How HCRI Therapy Helps Stutterers Achieve Fluent Speech in Only 12 Days"
"Wings for Words: New Life-Changing Fluency Power for Stutterers"
"Why Stutterers Can Sing, but they Can't Speak Fluently"
"How Training Like an Athlete Helps a Person who Stutters Speak Like a Poet"
"Why Stuttering Therapy in Schools Doesn’t Work… and Students are Still Stuttering"
"5 Dos and Don'ts for Parents of a Child who Stutters"
"How HCRI Uses New Technology, including an iPhone App, to Successfully Treat Stuttering"
"3 Myths About Stuttering and the Damage they Cause"
"What People Need to Know about Stuttering - The Truth will Surprise You"