Naomi Rodgers, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Naomi Rodgers CV

Research Focus

Naomi Rodgers researches developmental stuttering, concentrating on the cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of stuttering experiences and therapy. She has a unique interest in adolescence, as this is a pivotal stage of development when identities and habits take root just as social worries and mental health issues tend to burgeon. To date, she has focused primarily on understanding how young people who stutter process social information, as well as developing scales to measure their readiness to change. Her empirical work is inspired by her personal experiences as a person who stutters and professional experiences as an SLP and advocate in the stuttering self-help community.

 Courses taught

  • CSD:4183 – Intro to Stuttering
  • CSD:4120 – Intro to Clinical Methods and Observation
  • CSD:5203 – Counseling in Communication Disorders

 Selected Publications

  • Rodgers, N. H. (2022). Meet them where they’re at: Maximizing adolescents’ engagement in stuttering therapy [Special issue]. Seminars in Speech and Language, 43(2), 161-171.
  • Rodgers, N. H., Lau, J. Y. F., & Zebrowski, P. M. (2022). Examining the effects of stuttering and social anxiety on interpretations of ambiguous social scenarios among adolescents. Journal of Communication Disorders, 95, 106179.
  • Rodgers, N. H., Gerlach, H., Paiva, A. L., Robbins, M. L., & Zebrowski, P. M. (2021). Applying the transtheoretical model to stuttering management among adolescents: Part II. Exploratory scale validation. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 30(6), 2510-2527.
  • Rodgers, N. H., & Jackson, E. S. (2021). Temperament is linked to avoidant responses to stuttering anticipation. Journal of Communication Disorders, 93, 106139.
  • Rodgers, N. H., Lau, J. F. Y., & Zebrowski, P. M. (2020). Attentional bias among adolescents who stutter: Evidence for a vigilance-avoidance effect. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63(10), 3349-3363.

Active Grants

  • Iowa Center for School Mental Health, School Mental Health Research Grant (Principal Investigator) – “Project STIRS: SLP Training to Increase Resilience in Students with Communication Disorders”
  • National Stuttering Association, Advancement of Clinical Research in Childhood Stuttering Grant (Co-Principal Investigator) – “Preparing Students Who Stutter for Life After Graduation”


Research areas
  • Speech-Language Pathology
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125-A Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center (SHC)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States