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Kia Noelle Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Kia Johnson

Associate Professor
Phone: (713) 743-6777
Email: kjohnson6@uh.edu
Office: Clinical Research Services Annex 101
Curriculum Vitae


Kia Noelle Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Director of the Stuttering Analysis Research (STAR) Laboratory at the University of Houston in Houston, TX. Dr. Johnson specializes in Fluency and Fluency Disorders with a focus on children who stutter. Aside from teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, she presents her research at local, national, and international scholarly conferences and has first-authored and co-authored many research publications. Dr. Johnson also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence as a Speech-Language Pathologist with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and state licensure with Texas. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors to the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing and also serves on the Board of Directors to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the National Advisor to the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Education

  • Ph.D., Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
  • M.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • B.S., Communication Disorders, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

Teaching

  • Fluency Disorders (COMD 7221)
  • Special Topics: Multicultural Considerations of Communication Disorders (COMD 3396)
  • Introduction to Communication Disorders (COMD 1333)

Research Interests

Dr. Johnson specializes in Fluency and Fluency Disorders with a focus on children who stutter. Her current research interest is in the examination of speech disfluencies in culturally and linguistically diverse children who do and do not stutter. She has previously held a research interest in the roles emotional development and temperamental variables on developmental stuttering in young children. Dr. Johnson offers research opportunities within her laboratory to graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in conducting or assisting with research.

For more information, view Dr. Johnson’s research page.

Research Grants

(past 5 years)

  • 2019-2020:  University of Houston – CLASS Research Grant, An Examination of Speech Disfluencies in Bilingual Children: A Preliminary Study, Role: Principal Investigator
  • 2018-2019:  University of Houston – Women of Color Stimulus Research Grant, An Examination of Speech Disfluencies in Bidialectal Children: A Preliminary Study, Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2018-2019:  University of Houston – CLASS Project Completion Grant, An Investigation of Emotion Regulation in Young Children who Stutter: An Observational Study, Role: Principal Investigator
  • 2017:  University of Houston – CLASS Research Progress Grant, Differential Diagnosis of Bilingual Stuttering, Role: Principal Investigator
  • 2016-2017:  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Multicultural Activities Grant, Differential Diagnosis of Stuttering in Bilingual Spanish-English Speaking Children, Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

(for a full list of publications, see CV and Google Scholar Profile

  • Louis, K. O. S., Węsierska, K., Przepiórka, A., Błachnio, A., Beucher, C., Abdalla, F., Flynn, T., Reichel, I, Beste-Guldborg, A., Junuzovic-Zunic, L., Gottwald, S., Hartley, J., Eisert, S., Johnson, K., Bolton, B., Teimouri Sangani, M., Rezai, H., Abdi, S., Pushpavathi, M., . . . Aliveto, E. (2020). Success in changing stuttering attitudes: A retrospective analysis of 29 intervention studies. Journal of Communication Disorders84, 105972.
  • *Rincon, C., Johnson, K., & Byrd, C. (2020). An introductory examination of speech disfluencies in Spanish–English bilingual children who do and do not stutter during narratives. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups5(1), 131-141.
  •  *Martinez, K., & Johnson, K. (2017). General professional considerations for use with bilingual children. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech, Language and Hearing, 12, 38-43.
  •  Johnson, K., & Karrass, J. (2017). Preliminary investigation of the relationship between the temperament of young children who stutter and the temperament of their parents. Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids, 5, 1-8. DOI:10.4172/2375- 4427.1000176
  • Byrd, C., *Haque, A., & Johnson, K. (2016). Speech-language pathologists’ perception of bilingualism as a risk factor for stuttering. Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids, 4, 1-6. DOI:10.4172/2375-4427.1000158

*Student co-author

Honors

  • University of Houston “Teaching Excellence” Award – Finalist (2019-2020)
  • ASHA “Leading the Way” Recognition – Multicultural Concerns Collective Celebration, ASHA Convention (2015)
  • CSD Distinguished Alumna Award, Howard University, Dept. of Comm. Sciences & Disorders (2013)

Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors (Chair) - National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing
  • Board of Directors - American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • National Advisor - National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association