The Normal Anxiety of Stuttering from the World Congress in Portugal with Michael Boyle (Ep. 535)

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Michael Boyle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Michael Boyle joins Christopher Constantino from The International Fluency Association’s 2015 World Congress on cluttering, stuttering and other fluency disorders in Lisbon, Portugal. They discuss self stigma, the “normal” anxiety related to stuttering, the anticipation of negative reaction, public reactions to stuttering, taking self stigma into account during treatment, talking about stuttering and disclosing stuttering to reduce the burden and stigma of stuttering, considering unhelpful or irrational thoughts about stuttering, self help and social support (“power in numbers”) and much more.

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Michael Boyle and Chris Constantino

Michael Boyle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP  is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Oklahoma State University where he teaches graduate courses in fluency disorders and research methods. His research focuses on identifying factors that predict both resilience and coping and adjustment difficulties related to stuttering. Particular psychosocial variables of interest include stigma, bullying, and attribution. Dr. Boyle is also very interested in the development of interventions that address stigma reduction and improved well-being in individuals who stutter. Dr. Boyle may be contacted via email:

Christopher Constantino is a person who stutters and a PhD student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis. Chris is doing his clinical fellowship in the Shelby County Schools in Memphis and is conducting a research study to understand and contextualize the experiences of passing as fluent for people who covertly stutter.